We grew up by the sun drenched and salt soaked rocks of the northern coast of Greece, in a city famous for its fresh fish, its spectacular beaches, and its ancient winemaking history. Nearby, in the prehistoric settlement of Orthopetra (a.k.a. Dikili Tash), the oldest pressed grape skins suggest the oldest European winemaking activity, dated to 6,500 years ago. The area’s dominant mount Pangeon, is famous for its gold mines (which funded most of Philip’s and Alexander the Great’s Macedonian military campaigns), as well as the birthplace of wine God, Dionysus.
Eklektikon was born in 2011, out of our passion for wine and our Greek heritage, and the realization that Greek wine and culture were not properly represented in the US. Our vision was the creation of a “bridge” between Greek tradition and the US market, in the form of imported handcrafted natural Greek wines.
Since then, we have been in a constant pursuit of raw, traditional Greek wines, which express the distinctive autochthonous peculiarities of our place. We represent small-batch artisanal growers around the country, who manually farm their own grapes, using organic and biodynamic practices. Each grower’s focus is on grape varieties indigenous to their region, which have adapted to their “birthplaces” for thousands of years, having developed the ability to purely express their surroundings. Vinification is of minimal intervention, using old and time-tested methods of local tradition, in small vessels. Thus, Eklektikon’s portfolio maps out the Greek vineyards and the local grapes, traits, and tradition of each area.
Through time, Eklektikon evolved into much more than just an importer, but rather an incubator for artisanal farmers around the country. Through our work, we believe that we support agricultural families, and promote the country’s rich biodiversity and uber-old winemaking traditions.
The wines that comprise Eklektikon’s portfolio, are natural for a reason, and in certain ways. They are wholesome and nutritious, being free of any harmful additives and chemicals, and made from organic or biodynamic grapes (almost always certified so). They authentically express the history and tradition of the micro-region they come from. They promote biodiversity, coming from various isolated corners around the country, and made from an abundance of indigenous varieties instead of just a few well known varieties. Finally, their purchase supports small agricultural families, the economic foundation of Greece, instead of big conglomerates with non-transparent interests.
The wines that we get excited about are alive, idiosyncratic, and unexpected, with vibrant textures and unique personalities.
Today, Eklektikon’s portfolio of 15 growers represents more than 10% of the 300+ recorded indigenous Greek grapes, the largest selection of orange Greek wines in the world, and, in general, the most diverse portfolio of Greek wines that has ever existed.
Of equal importance is our commitment to working with genuinely kind and ethical human beings, who are concerned for others, the environment, and the footprint they leave behind.