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The company "Tsantali Vineyards & Wineries" is one of the largest wine producers and wine trading companies in Greece. The head office is located in the municipality of Agios Pavlos above Kassandra, the western headland of the Chalkidike peninsula in the region of Macedonia. Its roots date back to 1890, when the grandfather of today's Tsantali generation started producing tsipouro (marc spirit) in Sidirochori in the north-east of Thrace. In 1922 the five children (four sons, one daughter) of the founder emigrated to Serres (Eastern Macedonia). The brothers Theodoros and Evangelos first worked in a beverage company and in 1938 they founded a distillery for ouzo. In 1945 Evangelos Tsantalis (1913-1996) emigrated to Thessaloniki (Theodoros stayed in Serres). He began to make red wine in Naoussa. However, there was not yet an own winery, but bought wines were bottled and marketed. Today the company is managed in the third generation by President Ioanna Tsantalis and Vice President Dr. Georgios Tsantalis.

Today there are four wineries. The first one was opened in 1970 in Naoussa in Macedonia. This was followed in 1974 by the current main winery Agios Pavlos on the three finger peninsula of Chalkidike. In the same year, 80 hectares of vineyards were leased, recultivated and planted on the Holy Mountain Athos (eastern finger Chalkidike) by the monastery of St. Panteleimon in the monastery's own domain Metochi Chromitsa (picture). Here POP wines and various PGE wines in white, red and rosé are produced, which may call themselves Agioritikos ("Heiligbergischer") after their origin. Some of them are marketed in bottles similar to bocksbeute. The third winery was Rapsani at the foot of the "Götterberg" in Thessaly and Maronia in Thrace was the fourth. Other wines are supplied by local cooperatives from the islands of Limnos, Rhodes and Santorini.

Domaine Metochi Chromitsa - Berg Athos

The company's own vineyards cover over 200 hectares of vineyards in Maronia, Metochi Chromitsa on Mount Athos, Agios Pavlos in Chalkifdiki, Naoussa and Dion on Mount Olympus. In addition, grapes are delivered by around 1,000 winegrowers, who cultivate a total of around 1,100 hectares according to specified methods. The main varieties cultivated are the indigenous Agiorgitiko, Assyrtiko, Athiri Aspro, Batiki, Mavroudi, Mavrodaphne, Roditis, Xinomavro and Zoumiatiko(Dimyat), as well as the international varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Moscato(Muscat Blanc), Muscat d'Alexandrie, Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah. The vineyards are cultivated using two cultivation systems. In the case of certified integrated cultivation(KIP), this is done according to environmentally friendly criteria with reduced use of pesticides and the best possible quality of the harvested material. Organic viticulture with complete renunciation of pesticides is practised on the 110 hectares of own vineyards. If necessary, only copper and sulphur are used. Fertilization is done in a natural way with organic chicken manure and our own pomace humus.

The vinification from grape reception to bottling is carried out with the most modern technical equipment and methods. These include pneumatic stainless steel presses, roto-fermenters and computer-controlled jacketed fermentation tanks, as well as cryo-extraction and macération carbonique. The maturing of the wines takes place in an underground, fully air-conditioned barrel and bottle cellar in 2,500 new French barriques. Other well-known products are the Tsipouro brands Agiorgitiko, Makedoniko and Kanenas, as well as the Makedoniko Apostagma apo Stafili (grape brandy). The latter is bottled in a jar-like bottle, on which the wedding of the wine god Dionysos with Ariadne is depicted in relief. The model for bottle shape and relief was the 2,300-year-old jug found near the Tsantali winery. Every year 20 million bottles of wine are produced, which are exported to 55 countries worldwide. Tsantali is one of the largest wine companies in the world.

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