Sakis & Dionisia Brintzikis: Wine is our life’s concert

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Brintzikis Estate is energetically autonomous and creates products with zero carbon footprint. Having one of the largest geothermal and photovoltaic parks, it is able to cover sufficiently all its energy needs.

“From the first day, Brintzikis Estate was aiming to make the difference. Although its conception is simple, it is inspired by the ambition to create a bond with the land, to become part of Ancient Olympia, to represent a landmark of the Olympian landscape, to produce and preserve the unique autochthonous varieties of the region and finally to achieve the best wine quality.

From the beginning, we were focused on the idea of energy autonomy, that is on the principles of energy efficiency and environmental protection which is challenged nowadays. This is our philosophy and we are constantly discovering new ways to evolve it and to implement it.

The goal of Brintzikis Estate is to interconnect the land, the history, the people who live in this ancient area and others who come as visitors. This is why we have created appropriate spaces that can host such a linkage: a theatre and a bistrot hall. With the meetings and the festivities that we intend to organize there, we hope to offer to the people an opportunity to communicate with the longstanding history of the Olympian wine, with the ancient wisdoms and the myths of the region”, says Dionysis Brintzikis.

His wife Dionysia explains, “We want to introduce to the public these unique varieties in their birthplace, in their natural environment. We want the visitor to be able to see with his own eyes the vineyards of Tinaktorogos and Avgoustiatis. We would like to offer him the opportunity to look in awe the natural paths that have created wine for so many years, and to hear the history of this place. It is important for us to preserve not only the wine, but also the civilization and the philosophy that come along with it.

We should also mention that we are both musicians. I have studied classical piano and music theory, and Dionysis has a classical guitar diploma. Music is a part of our life that we cannot abandon. Wine and music represent for us parallel fields of study and we are devoted to them for many years. We are working on wine for 25 years and a little bit more on music. These activities share certain common elements: they both demand talent and power of the soul. They also request passion and love. Wine is like a concert where you transmit to the audience the enthusiasm for your own work. And if you lack this enthusiasm the spectator immediately feels it. I think it is the same experience with wine.”

As they explained to us, their great love for their homeland, Ileia, made their choice to stay and settle there a totally deliberate decision. They believe in their homeland and they draw strength from the qualities that this place offers.

“You fall in love with wine”, says Dionysis Brintzikis, “From the moment you take the first wine tank or that you buy the first machinery, you cannot get it out of your mind. It’s like a little flame growing in your heart. We initially bought three little wine tanks to make our first experimentations. And after that, the whole process became vital for us.”

When we asked Mr. Brintzikis his opinion about the necessary steps in order to make Greek wine a leading product in the international market, he responded, “The great value of Greek wine as a product should be emphasized. This value is manifest in the unique quality of the wines that we produce. During the last years, Greek wines are steadily winning awards. Greece is able to give a totally different essence in the wine market and to approach people who will really love these products. Greece is capable to create a trend, to gain followers. Greece can produce high quality products due to its special characteristics, its varieties, its climate, its gastronomy. So, if we approach people and consumers who appreciate these qualities, we will find out that Greek wine will be highly recognized for what it is”.

Mr. and Mrs. Brintzikis both agree that the “path of wine” is an endless process, and thus we are eagerly expecting the new wines of Brintzikis Estate. In May, a wonderful journey begins for one big wine of Brintzikis Estate.

As Mrs. Brintzikis said, “We are making a big step in the USA. In May, we will have in New York the presentation of one of the finest wines produced in Brintzikis Estate: the Dia Pyros – a wine that we have in our barrels since 2007. It is a very particular smoky Avgoustiatis, despite the fact that it came out of very difficult circumstances: it carries the memories of the fires in Ancient Olympia. We chose New York for its presentation because this city represents the “capital of the world”. That is why we decided to introduce Dia Pyros there, presenting it to a specialized audience and to wine connoisseurs. Subsequently, they will follow presentations in other countries: the second one will be in England, then in Russia and China, and probably in Australia and India. By this international trajectory, we intend to make known to the world the strong character of this wine. We wish and hope that this initiative will be a benchmark for the international progression of the Greek wine in general”.

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