Panos Sarris

Panos Sarris is a young sommelier / winemaker, who took over his family’s old vineyards in Kefalonia island, and followed his ultimate passion.

His vineyards in Avithos are planted with the historical and highly praised Robola grape, and sitting on poor limestone gravel, at an altitude of 800m. Robola is believed to be the ancestor of the Ribola Gialla grape, found farther up north along the Adriatic coast.

Panos’ wines are always wild fermented, unfiltered, and unfined, and using foot stomping and various neutral oak barrels, including a 2-tonne Austrian one, to give his wines the raw maritime character that reflects the place of Kefalonia. Panos produces some of the crunchiest and idiosyncratic wines we have tasted. 

  • Winery: Panos Sarris
  • Focus: Robola grape with a maritime expression
  • Region: Kefalonia (Ionian Islands)
  • Year founded: 2017
  • Size: 2 hectares
  • Grapes: Robola, Vostilidi, Mavrodafni
  • Viticulture: Organic
  • Climate: Low Winter temperatures, normal rainfall, hot Summers, low humidity
  • Soil: Limestone gravel with 70% slope (terraced)
  • Vine age: Planted in 1979
  • Altitude: 800m
  • Distance from coast: 1 mile
  • Percentage of estate owned grapes: 80%

  • Robola of Kefalonia
  • Vostilidi

Kefalonia is the largest island of the Ionian sea. Famous for its exotic beaches and untouched nature, Kefalonia is the island where “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin” was filmed, showing the world all its beauty. Kefalonia has an indented coastlines, made up of limestone cliffs, bays, and short strips of white sand. Some of its best known beaches are Myrtos, Fteri, Dafnoudi, and Kimilia. The caves of Melissani and Drogarati are also quite unique.

Kefalonia is a mountainous island, with a rugged topography and little arable land (less than 15%). It has a long history of winemaking, and is famous for the Robola grape, which is considered the ancestor of the Ribola Gialla grape found farther up North, across the Adriatic coast.