Gregory Kontos

 

I was born on April 8th, 1981 in Athens, Greece and grew up in Agia Paraskevi.


how I hooked to wine


It was an emotional process. At around 2007 we started attending wine tasting exhibitions in Athens out of mere curiosity. This is where for the first time we tasted wine from producers engaged to quality. We loved what we tried out. It seemed something great existed beyond beer!


By 2009 we were simply attending wine shows tasting wines. In 2010 I found myself in a United Nations youth program in Japan. We had been sponsored some bottles of Santorini and Naoussa by Boutari, which we served to the other participants, without knowing much. Upon returning I started visiting wineries, tasted more, visited cellars, met people. I discovered the wine bears significant values: nature, weather, each land’s culture and the people behind wine. Spectacular! This is more or less how I hooked. Although I think a tiny vineyard of Savatiano we have in Keratea Attiki played a role as well. I vividly remember our family and my uncle’s family harvesting the grapes every September. I think this childhood memory also played a role, subconsciously at least.


studies


I am a Business Administration graduate from the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB). Later on, in 2010, I graduated from the Academic program "Ship for the World Youth" by the United Nations University, as a member of the Greek delegation traveling by ship around the Indian Ocean. I was formally trained as a wine professional graduating from the IEK LeMonde School of Sommeliers as well as WSET (Wine and Spirits Educational Trust). In January 2016 I received my WSET level 4 Diploma in London.


What I do professionally


I am co-owner of our family company Aegean Food Exports which since 1985 exports Greek food and drinks to more than 26 countries from the UK and Germany to Australia and South Africa. In 2012 I decided to turn my hobby into a profession. I set up Aegean Wine Selections, a new department within our Company exclusively engaged in exporting Greek wines and spirits.


what I like apart from wine and traveling


First of all, music! I collect vinyl records for over 20 years; rock, jazz and soundtracks are my favorite genres. I also play the drums and like theater, movies, haute cuisine, ethnic cuisines, camping, books and playing chess!


photos


At 2013 Stavroula came into my life and my trips have become more meaningful now since memories are shared! The beautiful pictures of the blog from 2013 until today are due to her, while even though she has a different academic background, I find her food tasting skills in general, and wine tasting skills in particular.


So cheers everyone; I hope you enjoy my wine blog!


Gregory Kontos, DipWSET

 

 

 

 

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