Mikra Thira is the name of the new winery founded by three collaborative well-known Greek winemakers, Vangelis Gerovassiliou, Vassilis Tsaktsarlis and Ioanna Vamvakouri.
It is the first winery of Therassia, the island that formed part of Santorini until the great volcanic eruption of 1600 BC. The name Mikra Thira (meaning: Small Thira) comes from a literature reference to Therassia of the 10th century AD.
Its conception was inspired by the raw, natural beauty and distinctive microclimate of this special island, which bears the typical characteristics of Santorini but, at the same time, has its own unique character.
The aim of the three oenologists is to produce quality wines that are expressive of the regional uniqueness of the island.
2018 was their maiden vintage and the first two wines of the Mikra Thira winery were bottled under the PDO Santorini appellation.
SANTORINI is a 100% Assyrtiko made from Santorini-grown grapes whereas TERRASEA is a different expression of the same variety but made from grapes coming exclusively from Therassia.
In 1990, Christos Kokkalis, a pharmacist by profession and true lover of good wine, planted a small vineyard with Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah varieties in the area of Agios Andreas in Ilia.
Years later, in 2014, renowned winemakers Vangelis Gerovassiliou and Vassilis Tsaktsarlis of Biblia Chora acquired the estate with the intent to promote it by making typical, characterful wines of top-notch quality.
The estate has been rechistened Ktima Dio Ipsi (meaning: Two Heights Estate), a name inspired by its distinctive topography.
In Central Macedonia, at the foot of the Paiko mountain range near the provincial town of Goumenissa, surrounded by age-old oaks, lies Mikro Ktima Titos (meaning: Small Estate of Titos).
It is here, along the banks of the river Sirios, that Titos Eftychidis planted in 1972 a small, family-run vineyard of 4-hectares.
The long friendship of Vangelis Gerovassiliou with Titos, led Angeliki Eftychidis to leave the vineyard of her late husband in the hands he trusted most. The acquisition by the owners of Ktima Biblia Chora became official in 2018.
Vangelis Gerovassiliou and Vassilis Tsaktsarlis got a foothold in Goumenissa, where they set out to create, with love and respect, first-class quality wines.