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THE UNION

About the

WINE PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION

OF THE NORTHERN GREECE VINEYARD

Macedonia – Thrace – Epirus

The richness of the vineyards of Northern Greece among the mountain ranges, plateaus, lakes and coastlines, combined with the uniqueness of the indigenous varieties and the way in which international varieties have been uniquely adapted, is the reason why some of the best wines of Greece are produced here.

In this unique geographical environment, the human factor is added – top winemakers create wines that fully express the microclimate of each region, as well as the characteristics of the grape varieties grown.

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1993

The Foundation

13 visionary winemakers of Northern Greece founded the "Wine Producers Association of the Northern Greece Vineyard”

1997

Addition of a wine tourism market

In the framework of the "Thessaloniki European Capital of Culture" actions, a network of wine tourism routes called "Wine Roads of Macedonia", is created for the first time in Greece.

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2001

Leader II

The Community Initiative Leader II Program is completed with the introduction of wineries open to visitors in the wine tourism network "Wine Roads of Macedonia".

2002

Brand Renaming

To "Wine Producers Association of the Northern Greece Vineyard", with the entry of new members from Thrace and Epirus. At the same time, the wine tourism network is renamed "Wine Roads of Northern Greece".

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2008

Leader +

The Community Initiative Program Leader + is implemented with the completion of the wine tourism network "Wine Roads of Northern Greece", where the accessible wineries are comvined with associated tourism businesses (accommodations, restaurants, traditional products workshops, alternative activities).

2010

Association Rebranding

The winemakers decide to upgrade the image of the association by changing its distinctive title to "Winemakers of North Greece".

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2019

Winemaker's Key Role

A new change has been implemented in the distinctive title, which is now " Winemakers of North Greece", thus assigning a primary role to the producers of the high-quality branded wines of Northern Greece.

2019

Add a logo

The regions "Macedonia-Thrace-Epirus", as well as the important footnote "This is where the leaders create" are added as clarifying elements.

The Association

The winemakers – members of the Association have covered a lot of ground together. They made important decisions and created a collective project, innovative by Greek standards, which allowed them to keep up with and even shape developments in the Greek winemaking industry. The “Winemakers of Northern Greece”, the wines that each one of them makes with their personal touch, form the basis of their partnership. Towards their continued improvement and growth, they continue to work together, to set common goals, and to meet the challenges of the international wine market.
The Association’s policy is designed to meet the following objectives:
  • Promoting the branded, standardized Greek wines produced by its members.
  • Continued education and information of both professionals and wine consumers through events and seminars, intended to instill correct attitudes and perceptions about wine.
  • Protecting and promoting the geographical indications and designations of origin, as well as the indigenous varieties of the vineyards of Northern Greece.
  • Supporting Greek cultural heritage and local activities centered around vineyards and winemaking.
  • Contributing to the establishment and enforcement of an effective statutory and legal framework for the viticultural and winemaking sector.
  • Promoting strategic and business planning for Greek wine.
  • Participating in and collaborating with international corporations and organizations.
On the initiative and with the exclusive support of the Association’s members, three powerful and acclaimed institutions were established for Greek wine:
  • The Wine Roads of Northern Greece, a comprehensive wine tourism network that includes many wineries that are open to visitors, as well as recommendations for accommodation, dining, local products, alternative activities, and points of interest for tourists. This network created the foundation for the creation of wine tourism options in Greece, and the establishment of wine tourism as a distinct category within the Greek tourism sector offering. This initiative also led to the establishment of two panhellenic annual events, “Open Cellar Doors” and the celebration of the “World Wine Tourism Day”.
  • The Thessaloniki International Wine and Spirits Competition (www.tiwc.gr), which draws wineries mostly from Greece and Cyprus but also from other winemaking countries and is judged by top wine connoisseurs from all around the world, including distinguished masters of wine and master sommeliers.
    The TIWSC takes place every year under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Agriculture and Food, and all the wine-related agencies and institutions of Greece.
  • VorOina” is the name of the tasting event for wines and spirits made by the “Winemakers of Northern Greece”. The event is held annually in Thessaloniki and in Athens, and occasionally in other cities in Greece and abroad. The VorOina events are very popular with the public, and they usually include smaller, thematic activities of oenology and wine tasting.

Τhe board of directors

Of the union

The association ``Winemakers of Northern Greece`` is governed by a Board of Directors with a two-year term.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2020 - 2022
  • Stilianos Boutaris, President
  • Stilianos Kechris, Managing Director
  • Georgios Tsantalis, Vice President
  • Aggelos Iatridis, Member
  • Vasilios Georgiou, Member
  • Marianthi Gerovassiliou, Member
  • Konstantinos Garipidis, Member
  • Thomas Kamkoutis, Member
  • Akis Papadopoulos, Member
  • Eleni Sintou, Member
  • Afroditi Stergiou, Member

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2018 - 2020
  • Stilianos Boutaris, President
  • Stilianos Kechris, Managing Director
  • Georgios Tsantalis, Vice President
  • Ioannis Voyatzis, Member
  • Evangelos Gerovassiliou, Member
  • Aggelos Iatridis, Member
  • Ioannis Papadopoulos, Member
  • Stiliani Stengou, Member
  • Pavlos Spirou, Member
  • Maria Dimou, Member
  • Konstantinos Garipidis, Member
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2016 - 2018
  • Stilianos Boutaris, President
  • Stilianos Kechris, Managing Director
  • Georgios Tsantalis, Vice President
  • Ioannis Voyatzis, Member
  • Evangelos Gerovassiliou, Member
  • Konstantinos Garipidis, Member
  • Aggelos Iatridis, Member
  • Stiliani Stengou, Member
  • Ioannis Papadopoulos, Member
  • Pavlos Spirou, Member
  • Nikoleta Tarala, Member
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2014 – 2016
  • Stilianos Kechris, President
  • Ioannis Vogiatzis, Managing Director
  • Georgios Tsantalis, Vice President
  • Flora Vourvoukeli, Member
  • Euaggelos Gerovasileiou, member
  • Olga Iakovidou, Member
  • Aggelos Iatridis, Member
  • Stilianos Boutaris, Member
  • Ioannis papadopoulos, Member
  • Paulos Spirou, Member
  • Stiliani Steggou, Member
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2012 – 2014
  • Stilianos Kechris, President
  • Gerogios Tsantalis, Vice President
  • Ioannis Voyiatzis, Managing Director
  • Flora Vourvoukeli, Member
  • Evangelos Gerovassiliou, Member
  • Aggelos Iatridis, Member
  • Evripides Katsaros, Member
  • Thomas Ligas, Member
  • Stilianos Boutaris, Member
  • Stiliani Steggou, Member
  • Georgios Fountoulis, Member
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2010 – 2012
  • Ioannis Voyiatzis, President
  • Gerogios Tsantalis, Vice President
  • Stilianos Kechris, Managing Director
  • Athanasios Arvanitidis, Member
  • Georgios Veranis, Member
  • Evangelos Gerovassiliou, Member
  • Aggelos Iatridis, Member
  • Thomas Ligas, Member
  • Konstantinos Mitsigiorgis, Member
  • Stilianos Boutaris, Member
  • Ioannis Papadopoulos, Member
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2008 – 2010
  • Ioannis Voyiatzis, President
  • Gerogios Tsantalis, Vice President
  • Stilianos Kechris, Managing Director
  • Evangelos Gerovassiliou, Member
  • Panagiotis Georgiadis, Member
  • Dimitrios Ziannis, Member
  • Aggelos Iatridis, Member
  • Thomas Ligas, Member
  • Claudia Papagianni, Member
  • Ioannis Papadopoulos, Member
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2006 - 2008
  • Evangelos Gerovassiliou, President
  • Gerogios Tsantalis, Vice President
  • Ioannis Voyiatzis, Managing Director
  • Vassilios Vassilakis, Member
  • Dimitrios Ziannis, Member
  • Aggelos Iatridis, Member
  • Stilianos Kechris, Member
  • Ioannis Papadopoulos, Member
  • Stergianos Tatsis, Member
  • Georgios Fountoulis, Member