The Union of Vinicultural Cooperatives of Samos (EOSS) was founded in 1934 with a membership of 26 local cooperatives representing all the grape growers on the island.
From the outset, it offered substantial help to farmers and protected their rights with regard to commercial traders. Since its founding, the EOSS has collected the grapes and produced wine at its two wineries in Malagari and Karlovasi. It then distributes the wine, either in bottled or bulk form, throughout Greece and the rest of the world.
The EOSS’s exports are very important and amount to 80% of its annual production (about 7,000 tonnes of wine). France alone imports about 60% of the island’s production, while other countries that import significant quantities of Samos wines include Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, the USA, and others.
In a unique way for Greece, the Union of Vinicultural Cooperatives of Samos supports the income of grape growers on the island and through wine, it manages to promote Samos throughout the world. All of its efforts start with the grapes provided by the grape-growers and end with them as well.
The EOSS’s goal is to identify its name with products and services of high and consistent quality. Its main objective is to strengthen its position through the recognisability of its products, to increase its world market share and to achieve ongoing expansion to more markets. In this way, it will be able to ensure the continued upward course and increases in sales, with the ultimate goal of achieving a better and continually rising price for the grapes of its grape-growing members.