"Velvento for me was my parents' place ... I listened at home to good conversations and nostalgia for this place ...”
“The Vogiatzis family was from Velvento. They went to Katerini for trade and in the end they only sold wines and tsipouro.”
Near the lake, in the place of an old vineyard of the Vogiatzis family, a new, modern 30-hectare vineyard was created in the period 1991-1994, in local and other varieties, with the aim of producing high quality wines, which combine uniqueness and character.
From the third generation, Giannis, after studying oenology at the University of Bordeaux in France, and significant experience in Greek wine production, with his brother Nikos, a engineer and their father Harisis, decide to return to Velvento, creating a new owned winery. The on-site management of the winery is exercised by the chemist - oenologist Irini Zande while the vineyards are taken care of with a lot of attention and love by Nikos and Dimitris.
Since the beginning of the last century, the Kardasis family is involved in wine products. Our ancestors were active in grape cultivation and trade in wine. In 1924 the first pot still was acquired by the family.
In 1991 the Kardasis Distillery – Wine Making was founded.
Over the years, the consumers began to trust the bottled tsipouro, acknowledging that it is produced by responsible producers and is superior, as regards its quality and taste, to these produced by “anonymous” producers..
Since 2006, the company applies the Food Safety Management System ISO 22000:2005, certified by TUV HELLAS.
Our facilities are located on the 5th klm Tirnavos – Larissa. The distillery is surrounded by a vineyard totaling 1,5 hectares. The rest of our family’s vineyards, totaling 12,7 hectares, are located in the wider region of Tirnavos. The cultivation process is carried out under controlled management, as regards the use of pesticides, while the fertilizations' process is conducted with the use of the grape distillation residues, which serve as an organic fertilizer.
The history of the Lafazanis Winery began 70 years ago, in 1946, when Vasilis Lafazanis started crafting wine in Piraeus. In 1960, the Lafazanis family established its first privately-owned winery in Magoula, Attica. In 1985, the family’s second generation, with its academic education on oenology, its experience, and its vision, laid the foundations for a high-quality, state-of-the-art winery. Ever since that time, armed with its implicit faith in the fruits of Greek viticulture, the Lafazanis Winery works seamlessly to cultivate grape varieties native to Greece and produce superb quality wines. In 1993, faithfully keeping to that perspective, Spyros Lafazanis took the initiative to establish an even more advanced winery in the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) Nemea zone. By showcasing Agiorgitiko and many other domestic and international grape varieties, Spyros Lafazanis crafted new wines of exquisite quality that reflect the company’s flawless know-how and the region’s enormous potential for top quality. In 2005, in order to achieve a more seamless operation, the company decided to separate its commercial activities from its winemaking pursuits and move its commercial sector to Magoula, Attica, under the management of Georgios Lafazanis. The company’s winegrowing and winemaking sector remained in Nemea.
Our products are intertwined with our devotion to technological and quality progress, with our excellent collaborations, and with our love for the environment. Consistency, respect, and honesty: The three paths on which the values and work of Spyros Lafazanis’s life move.