Ktima Gerovassiliou was established in 1981 by renowned Greek winemaker Evangelos Gerovassiliou. The winery is located on the slopes of Epanomi, several kilometers from the city of Thessaloniki and 4 km from the sea. Its vineyards stretching over 80 hectares are planted with a wide variety of both indigenous (70%) and international varieties and are meticulously cultivated by hand. The climate of the region is Mediterranean, and the vineyards, surrounded on three sides by the sea, benefit from sea breezes. The soil is mainly sandy and rich in sea fossils.
Evangelos studied at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki’s School of Agriculture, specializing in in Oenology and Viticulture. He later studied at the University of Bordeaux in France where he was a collaborator of Professor Emile Peynaud. From 1976 to the beginning of 1999, he worked as enologist at Domaine Porto Carras. There he experimented with several grapes and revived and rescued from oblivion the Greek variety Malagouzia. The winery was also one of the first in Greece to plant Viognier. In 1998, together with enologist Vassilis Tsaktasarlis he created Ktima Biblia Chora in the Kavala region in Northern Greece and later developed other projects in Santorini and Stellenbosch in South Africa.
Today, the wines at Ktima Gerovassiliou are mainly crafted by Evangelos’ son Argyris. Like his father, he graduated from Aristotle University and studied at the Institute of Vine and Wine Sciences of Bordeaux. He did his research, apropos, on the typical aromas of Malagouzia. Argyris also works as assistant enologist at Ktima Biblia Chora and Estate Trilogy.
Argyris manages the estate’s vineyards that are currently planted to 50% Malagouzia and the rest with Assyrtiko, Mavotragano, Xinomavro and a few other varieties. The winery is best known for its outstanding Malagouzia, which is floral and zesty with lovely weight and concentration. In collaboration with the university, the winery continuously experiments in the vineyards. For example with Malagouzia they have learned about the best locations for the grapes and replanted to the best land in the eastern part of the vineyard. They have also discovered the best clones, ferment them separately using native yeast and then blend them. This process has made their Malagouzia more floral and less herbal.
The US importer is Cava Spiliadis.
Gerovassiliou 2021 Malagouzia PGI Epanomi ($31) 94 The 2021 Malagouzia is an outstanding bottling. It delivers fragrant aromas of stone fruit and herbs with hints of jasmine tea. It offers a silky texture in the mouth and has excellent weight and concentration and a long finish. Gerovassiliou 2021 Viognier PGI Epanomi ($45) 92 The 2021 Viognier is bright and crisp with aromas of tropical fruit, flowers, apricots, and spice, mainly nutmeg. On the palate it reveals excellent acidity and a light creamy mouth feel. The Gerovassiliou estate was among the first wineries in Greece to plant Viognier. Gerovassiliou 2021 Xinomavro Rose PGI Epanomi ($29) 90 This rose of Xinomavro displays a light ruby purple color. It offers fresh red berry fruit on the nose and has good flavor concentration on the palate with a hint of herbs. Ripe and mouth filling, it shows good acidity and freshness. Unfortunately, only very few cases are exported to the US. Gerovassiliou 2019 Avaton PGI Epanomi ($63) 94 The 2019 Avaton is an attractive blend of 60% Limnio, 20% Mavroudi and 20% Mavotragano. Aged a year in barrel, it displays a dark ruby color and aromas and flavors of black cherry and plum spice. Mouth filling, it reveals soft round tannins, spicy plum and excellent acidity. It’s a winner! Gerovassiliou 2020 Syrah PGI Epanomi ($45) 91 The Gerovassiliou Syrah is also made in small quantities. It is a lovely wine, highly aromatic and cool climate in character. Spending 12 months in barrels, it is richly flavored with pure black and red cherry fruit flavors. It has perfectly round tannins and is seamless on the plate with a medium finish.