Gregory Kontos, DipWSET

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

 

My main business is Greek Wine exports. I have founded Aegean Wine Selections and frequently travel to wine markets of Europe and Asia to promote the wines of selected Greek producers.

 

At the same time I write about wine; you will find my articles in Grape Wine Press, among other publications.

 

I also undertake to conduct wine tasting seminars for Companies and Individuals. I have organized Masterclasses for ENOAP (Union of Peloponnese wine producers) and Peloponnese Wine Festival from it's start, for PANORAMA of Entrepreneurship & Career Development etc.

 

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) through the Greek provider WSPC. In January 2016 I received my WSET level 4 Diploma in London.

 

 

But how it all started?

 

When I was 26 my best friend and I heard about a wine tasting exhibition in a hotel in Athens and we attended because we tought it would be cool. This is when I tasted wine from producers engaged to quality for the first time. We loved what we had. It seemed something great beyond beer existed! From that point we were visiting the show every year. Of course wine was just a hobby for me at this point.

 

After some months traveling to countries of Asia and America I returned to Greece and started visiting wineries, tasting more, visiting cellars, meeting people. I discovered wine bears significant values: nature, climate, local culture and the diversity of people behind wine. This is how I got the wine bug, more or less. On the way I read books, asked, tasted more, participated harvests and stydied the subject. The more I was into it, the more I loved it.

 

Apart from wine, gastronomy and traveling I like music, theater, movies, camping, books and playing chess. But more than all, I enjoy the moments with my wife Stavroula and our little Vassilis.
 

After all, a bottle of wine is always more compelling when you share it.

 

I hope you enjoy it here!

 

Gregory Kontos, DipWSET

 

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