The idea of founding a Wine Club to celebrate the wines of Cephalonia stemmed from a genuine need to express our respect to the island’s long history and to commend the efforts of the local people who keep their Cephalonian wine culture alive through the ages. The idea soon was turned into action and gave birth to Cephalonia Wine Club dedicated to Robola of Cephalonia (PDO), Tsaousi, Vostilidi, Muscat of Cephalonia (PDO), Zakynthino, and Mavrodaphne of Cephalonia(PDO).
Cephalonia, rich in landscape, colors and aromatic herbs, is the island of mythical peculiarities, both in its peoples’ character and its geomorphology. Aenos, the famous mountain, and the island’s vegetation create unique micro-biotopes which provide Cephalonian wine with superb taste and fragrance.
The global wine market’s trend towards natural wines, with emphasis on local varieties, unveils the unexploited potential of the Cephalonian vines. Local varieties that have been cultivated for centuries without interruption on the island are today known to produce world acclaimed wines.
Cephalonia Wine Club aspires to be the place where we look for information on the Cephalonian varieties of grape, the Cephalonian terroir and Cephalonian wine making; a place where we acquire more knowledge on wine tasting techniques and the utility of it all; a place where we meet the Cephalonian wine-makers and read their news; a place where we hear the myths about vine and its precious product intertwined with the history of Cephalonian viticulture.
Cephalonia Wine Club seeks to bring together people who love wine; people who enjoy the produce of local winemakers; people who appreciate the island of Cephalonia for all its beauty and mysterious natural phenomena, and, of course, its people, the “magnanimous Cephallines”, as Homer calls them throughout the Odyssey.
Enjoy your time with us!
Cephalonia Wine Club wishes to gather the friends of wine from around the world to celebrate Cephalonian wine and to explore and enjoy the uniqueness of the island!
In order to promote Cephalonian wine, expand our wine knowledge and satisfy our wine quests, Cephalonia Wine Club plans to organize various activities and upload published material related to wine, viticulture, the local vineyards, wine travel and more!
Here is a short list of events we plan to include in our activities:
· Wine tasting events
· Dine and wine pairing events
· Educational seminars & Movie nights
· Open discussions on the history of wine, the cultivation of vine and the future of local vineyards
· Excursions and trips on wine paths of the island and beyond
Cephalonia Wine Club webpage intends to upload material on
· The different varieties of Cephalonian terroir
· The labels, wineries and winemakers of Cephalonia
· Publications and scientific studies in the fields of wine, wine making and vineyards
· Cephalonia’s geomorphology, bio-diversity, endemic plant species and Mount Aenos
We aim to expand our activities as Cephalonia Wine Club grows!
The Passion Behind Cephalonia Wine Club
Viticulturist & Oenologist
The mastermind of Cephalonia Wine Club, Vassilis, is a passionate viticulturist with a 10-year-long experience on the Cephalonian wine-making region. He holds a degree in Organic Agriculture and Food Science from the Ionian Islands University and a M.Sc. degree in Viticulture and Oenology from the Agricultural University of Athens. He has working experience in the New World wineries of New Zealand, in local wineries and in wine marketing and sales. He has attended wine tasting events and participated in wine exhibitions and tours. Vassilis is a fascinating wine storyteller specializing on Cephalonian varieties. He has participated in research programs on Robola vine sub-varieties as viticulture consultant at the Ionian University. A spokesperson for the uniqueness of the Cephalonian terroir!