Tsantali, Mount Athos


Dr. Tsantalis with father Filaretos at Mount Athos

Organic Wines from Mount Athos

Over a hundred years ago, the Tsantali family began making wines. Evangelos Tsantalis founded the company out of deep respect for the beauty of the land and a strong commitment to quality. In 1971, in the middle of a storm, Evangelos Tsantalis sought refuge among the monks at the domain of Chromitsa. There he saw a vineyard that the monks did not tend anymore. Tsantalis offered his help in tending the unique vineyard if he was also allowed to make wine for himself. The monks agreed to this historical step and the Mount Athos wine thus came to the ‘outside world’. For more than 1000 years wine has always been an integral part of life on Mount Athos and vine cultivation one of the most important occupations of the monks. The vineyards layout in terrace form up to a height of 250 m and isolated from other agricultural areas, provide ideal conditions for the practice of organic farming.