Today, Mount Athos is an independent monastic community of Christian Orthodox monks. For more than 1 000 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 history began with the myth of the furious giant Athos threw a massive rock against the sea god Poseidon. But the rock fell under the eastern corner of the then two-fingered Halkidiki peninsula and created the third finger of the peninsula : Mount Athos.
The Tsantali family has been cultivating vineyards, making wines and distilling ouzo and tsipouro since 1890.
Evangelos Tsantalis, second generation winemaker and one of the most charismatic figures in the Greek winemaking history, has rendered the local family business into a rapidly developing brand name, always at the forefront of innovation.
The vineyard has always been the core of the Tsantali philosophy. The rejuvenation of some of the most exquisite vineyards in Northern Greece like Mount Athos, Rapsani, Halkidiki and Maronia, is attributed to the family’s vision; thanks to the Tsantali’s dedication and strategic investment, today outstanding traditions are safely kept, biodiversity and native grapes are preserved and incentive has been given to younger vine growers and winemakers.
This long-standing heritage is carried on today by the third and fourth Tsantali generation. The goal remains a solid blend of deep respect for the identity of the vineyard, emphasis on quality and sustainable development, commitment to insightful entrepreneurship, and a seductive storytelling inspired by the “sense of place”.
Client : Tsantali Wines
Production : Vital Productions
Réalisateur : Serge Desrosiers
Directeur de la Photographie: Serge Desrosiers csc
Format : RED