The Biblia Chora Estate was established in 2001 by two well known winemakers, Vassilis Tsaktsarlis and Vangelis Gerovassiliou. The two combined their love for wine and their experience in creating good quality wines to develop a model organic vineyard of 35 hectares at the foot of Mount Pageo in Kokkinochori, Kavala. The area has a long history of grape-growing and winemaking. In antiquity, a grape variety known as “biblia ambelos” was cultivated here for wine production and the region has been named “Biblia Chora” for this reason.
The estate vineyards are at an altitude of 400 m, on infertile and rocky soil, and cultivation follows the principles of organic farming, with particular respect for the environment. Other vine-growing tasks (e.g. leaf thinning, harvest) are done using traditional methods and without the use of any particularly high-tech means.
The modern winery is built in the middle of the vineyard and has an area of 5,500 m2. It includes areas for vinification, bottling, aging in both barrels and bottles, wine-tasting, reception and hospitality for visitors, as well as a multi-purpose hall (for conferences and presentations). All of the areas reveal the good taste and philosophy of the owners with regard to quality and high aesthetics related to wine.
These days, the Biblia Chora Estate produces 11 wines: Ktima Biblia Chora White, Ktima Biblia Chora Rosé, Ktima Biblia Chora Red, Ktima Biblia Chora Chardonnay, Ktima Biblia Chora Merlot, Ovilos White, Ovilos Rosé, Ovilos Red, Ktima Biblia Chora Sweet, Areti White and Areti Red.
The course followed by the Biblia Chora Estate since its establishment places it among the most successful wineries with many distinctions to its name. In addition to winning prizes in various competitions, some of its wines have earned distinctions with very high criteria – Ovilos White 2003: “Best Dry White Wine in Europe,” Neustadt, Germany 2004; Ovilos White 2005 and Biblia Chora Estate White 2004: the best wines in the world in their category (International Trophy) Decanter; Ovilos White 2008: one of the best seven wines in the world, Decanter cover, December 2009 issue.
The founders of the estate have concentrated on producing high quality wines and particularly on maintaining that quality. As such, the Biblia Chora Estate is the “winery described as the Choice of the Year 2008 for the greatest range of high-quality wines,” 2009 Wein-Plus.de (a distinction awarded for the first time to a Greek winery).