The idea of founding a Wine Club to celebrate the wines of Cephalonia thrilled us all, lovers of Cephalonia and Cephalonian wine. The idea soon drove us to action giving birth to Cephalonia Wine Club dedicated to Robola of Cephalonia (PDO), Tsaousi, Vostilidi, Muscat of Cephalonia (PDO), Zakynthino, Mavrodaphne of Cephalonia(PDO).
Cephalonia, rich in landscape, colors and aromatic herbs, is the island of mythical peculiarities, both in its peoples’ character and in 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 terroirs 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.
Honor and respect are due to the island’s long history and the efforts of the local people. Please, bear in mind that Cephalonia Wine Club is based on the voluntary work of its members and there is no price tag for altruism, collectivity and collaboration.
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
· Dine and wine events
· Educational seminars
· Open discussions on the history of wine, the cultivation of vine and the future of local vineyards
· Excursions and trips on wine paths
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!
Core & Honorary Members
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 master’s 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!
"The Greek Flying Winemaker"
Creator of the brand name "The Winemaker's Art" at YouTube channel, and a true "Flying winemaker", traveling and vinificating in almost all the wine regions of the world(UK, Spain, France, USA, New Zealand). Holding a bachelor's degree in Oenology and Beverage from Technological Institute of Athens and a master's degree in Vine and Wine from University in Dijon, France, Yiannis has a vast knowledge on viticulture and a successful career in wine-making.
With an impressive career in wine-making, Eirine Callia is one of the founding members of Cephalonia Wine Club! She holds a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, a master’s degree in Oenology from the Agricultural University of Athens and an extensive experience in the worlds' wines. Participating as a core member in wine-making teams of various wine regions (New Zealand, Australia, Greece, Canada and USA) and wine-toured (France, Argentina, Chile and South Africa), she is a true cosmopolitan Winemaker!
Publisher of Oenology and D-FiLES magazines
Angela Vekios is one of the first honorable members of Cephalonia Wine Club. Coming from a family with a long line of oenologists, she found herself with a scholarship in the amphitheaters of the Oenology and Beverage, Technological Institute of Athens. After completing her bachelor's degree, she "landed" in the halls of W.S.P.C. where she successfully completed the first 3 levels of study. While studying, she worked as a seasonal oenologist in wineries in Attica and Tripoli wine regions, without ever forgetting her passion to write & publish. Since 2013, she is the proud publisher of the magazine "Oenology", the oldest Greek publication on vinification & viticulture. In 2016, she decided to expand her "publishing family" with a project called "D-FiLES": a website that aims to introduce the consumer to the delicious enjoyment of wine, spirits & beer.
F&B manager and Sommelier
With a University education, starting from the Agricultural University of Volos, Vaggelis followed his studies at the Agricultural University of Athens from where he received his Master Degree in Oenology and Viticulture. Vaggelis received certification for the 3 levels of W.S.P.C. and he is now on the course for the diploma. He followed a successful career as F&B Manager and Sommelier in a two star Michelin restaurant in Athens. At present, he specializes on wine tasting and organizes wine tours as operation manager in Santorini Wine Adventure Tours on Santorini Island.
Gerassimos Vallatos is chef and gastronomic consultant. Since his graduation from Le Monde, culinary school, he has worked with some of the most important culinary masters of Greece. Infused in fine dining, his interest in advanced techniques and trends in gastronomy is unparallel. His ardent love for Cephalonia is a characteristic depicted in his gastronomic creations but even more so in his community activity; he is one of the main organizers of the alternative Saristra Festival at Palaia Vlachata, Cephalonia.
Travel and Food Journalist
Fotis Vallatos is a journalist, co-founder of Popaganda.gr and travel and food editor of Blue Magazine (inflight magazine of Aegean Airlines). He has also worked as an editor to many lifestyle magazines, as a presenter of tv and radio shows, and has traveled to more than 60 countries. He is passionate about wine, in particular, natural and biodynamic wine and he is one of the organizers of the greek natural wines event Bacchae. He is also one of the organizers of Saristra Festival (Palaia Vlachata, Kefalonia).
A specialist in luxury dining services of Cephalonia island, Dionysis possesses a great wine pairing experience in restaurants and wine bars. His passion for excellent hospitality is paired with a continuous training (attending “f&b management” seminars and sommelier courses). He has proficiently managed the hosting of two amazing local winery exhibitions! Dedicated to exploring and pairing Cephalonian wines, he wishes that Cephalonia Wine Club will seek and share with every oenophile more information on local produce!
Club bar manager
Dimitris has been attending to our nightlife entertainment needs for the past 15 years! With a bachelor's degree in Accounting and Finance, he was drawn to the f&b industry right from the beginning of his working experience. His career includes collaborations with some of Cephalonia's most successful clubs, bars, bar restaurants, boutique and luxury hotel bars.
The poet Panagiotis Tzannetatos was born on the island of Cephalonia. He has studied Tourism Business and History of European Culture at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. In December 2011 he presented in a private edition his first poems entitled "Poems". This was followed in 2015 by the poetry collection "The Age of People" by "Gavriilidis" publications. "Little Evenings" was published in 2018 and "Odos Panos" soon after. His articles, as well as his poems, are featured in print and online newspapers. His poems have been translated into English, Spanish, Indian and French.
Official photographer/photo editor B2B
Nikos Kopanas is a specialized photo editor for professional photographers ("The image Architects"). After the completion of his bachelor's degree in Renovation and Restoration of Buildings from the Technical University of Patras, he held a position as photographer at a big photo studio, specializing in wedding photography and editing for 7 years. With an extra 4-year long specialization on professional image editing photography, he has participated in numerous seminars on photo editing, , has given talks on the subject and has built an international career.
Petros Periandros Groumpos
An Emeritus Professor of the University of Patras educated in USA. He received a Ph.D. in 1978 in the area of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He has a teaching experience of over 40 years in several Universities in USA, Greece, China, Russia, Albania, Kosovo and England. He is considered the leading world expert in the new scientific area of Fuzzy Cognitive Maps. This new area is part of Artificial Intelligence and is the only approach to solving complex problems that uses mathematical equations to incorporate as distinct factors the knowledge and experience of experts. He has supervised 32 Doctoral and 106 Master thesis and has 340 publications in international journals and conferences. He has been invited as key-note speaker in International conferences worldwide. He is a passionate advocate of the dogma: “Wine gladdens the Hearts of people”.