The history of the Argyrakis family starts from Smyrna (Izmir) at the beginning of 20th century. There, Georgios Argyrakis, a horse trader, following the local traditional practices, made a remarkable wine in his own estate. After the Great fire of Smyrna in 1922, the family moved to Thessaloniki, Greece.
The grandson, GiorgosArgyrakis, continued the family’s wine tradition and, after a great career as leading Oenologist in Boutaris S.A., a famous wine industry, he established Argyrakis Wines in 1997. Argyrakis Wines is a family business based in Naoussa, northern Greece.
The small production of around 20.000 bottles per year helps our team to achieve high-quality wines, combining ideally the traditional techniques with the famous local varieties. Nowadays, Giorgos and his sons, Konstantinos (Oenologist) and Spiros (Civil Engineer), try to produce unique wines, which respond to the highest demands of any wine lover.
“ati” is a wine series which consists of some classical Greek varieties, with grapes from selected vineyards and according to the traditional wine making techniques of our country. This methods gives in our product the authentic identity and makes it an ideal choice for anyone looking for a typical Greek wine.
Inspired by the story of George Argyrakis, our logo depicts a horse figurine. Such figurines,which visitors gave as offerings to the Gods, have been found in many ancient Greek temples. A symbol of wealth and social status, the horse was an integral part of a thriving economy and an essential weapon for a victorious war.
The series “άτι” got its name from the warhorse as indicated in Greek poetry andits root is a Turkish word meaning horse. In this way, we connected the Greek roots of our wine with the Asia Minor tradition of the family.
Our winery is located at the foothills of Mount Vermio, a place full of mysteries and legends. On its slopes, according to Herodotus, were situated the heavenly gardens of the king of the Phrygians, Midas. The gardens were famous for the aromatic sixty-pedals roses and a spring with cool water, which Midas blended with wine and offered it to Silenus, a goddess of wine and Dionysus’ teacher, wanting to get drunk in order to learn the secrets of his wisdom.