Niko Manessis has devoted the last 20 years of his life to the study and promotion of Greek wine as a journalist, lecturer and author. His professional life started in the hotel business, after studies in London, but his life changed dramatically when he accidentally met up with a bottle of 1967 Barolo in Italy.
Since then he travels around the world discovering the magical world of wine. The chapter of his life dedicated to Greek wine could be titled “Adventures in the Greek Vineyard or How to Make My Life Difficult.”
Niko Manessis holds the seat for Greece and Cyprus at the Decanter World Wine Awards, is a member of the Academie Internationale du Vin, teaches wine schools in France, Switzerland and Greece and writes feverishly for his blog, Greek Wine World.
Aris Sklavenitis holds a degree in oenology, is a sommelier certified by the World Oenologists Association and the Court of Master Sommeliers, and a student in the Wine & Sommelier Expert Course & WSET lvl 4 Diploma.
He is also Vice-President of the Panhellenic Union of Winemakers, Head of Wine Purchasing at the Gastronomos Store and Ambassador Sommelier of Bodega Krontiras Winery and Gaggenau. He writes articles for several Kathimerini magazines, is a lecturer at the Graduate School of Agriculture, Genius in Gastronomy and Head Sommelier and co-owner of the Oinoscent Wine & Food Cellar.
He has been recognized as the Best Greek Sommelier for 2016 & 2019, winning the Panhellenic Competition and will represent our country at the World Sommelier Competition in 2022.
Yiannis Karakasis MW (Master of Wine) is one of only 384 Masters of Wine in the world, a title considered to be the top in the wine industry. He writes about wine, advises and trains while judging the most important wine competition in the world, the Decanter World Wine Awards.
He is the founder of the blog karakasis.mw the only wine blog in Greece that communicates Greek wine on a weekly basis in both Greek and English with only original content.
He has authored two books so far: the e-book The Wines and Vineyards of Greece -2017 and Natural Wines in Greece. You can read his full resume here https://www.karakasis.mw/about-me
Grigoris Michailos is one of the first three graduates of WSET in Greece, with four scholarships as an excellent student while his diploma was awarded with honors.
Since then he has been regularly writing in and outside Greece, is a wine consultant and lecturer at WSET, while promoting Greek wine abroad. He found absolute wine happiness in a 1990 bottle of Margaux and since then many small, daily pleasures tasting the diamonds of Greek and international vineyards.