Wine Culture, Traditions & Hospitality at Katogi Averoff
Standing in the mountainous village of Metsovo, the Katogi Averoff is located in the Epirus wine region, holding a title of the finest wine tourism in Greece. The estate symbolizes the quintessential blend of wine, art, and hospitality. Metsovo is well-known for its unique architecture and ambiance, surrounded by rare flora and fauna. Its rich culture and traditional cuisine are displayed in the Evangelos Averoff Art Gallery and the Metsovo Museum of Folk Art.
A Hobby Turned into a Full-Fledged Winery
In the late 50s, Evangelos Averoff started cultivating Cabernet Sauvignon on Mount Pindus’s steep slopes and became the first viticulturist in Greece to grow this grape variety. After the first vintage, he established a small winery. His red wines got famous in various countries and also bagged many awards, becoming the cornerstone in his quest to produce the highest quality wines. After Evangelos’ demise in 1990, the winery was acquired by Sotiris Ioannou. He purchased more land for grape farming and introduced technical advancements in the cellar, remaining true to the founder’s vision.
Vineyards Nestled on the Slopes of Mount Pindus
Dotted by picturesque landscapes, the vineyard region nestles in Metsovo’s brown-bear habitat, where the winery production team grows a vast array of grapes. The vineyards are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Traminer, and Syrah, along with lesser-known indigenous varieties including Vlachiko, Gudaba, and Pyknoassa. Alexander Ioannou, the grandson of Evangelos Averoff, manages all the activities in the vineyards. Today, he focuses more on restoring the ancient grape varieties and developing wine tourism.