After Gregory I. Vrettos , has finished his studies, returned in Thiva in 2009 to create in 77th Aulidos str, a modern oenological laboratory, which actually materializes his dream.
How did the enology come up?
In 2002, I graduated from the Technical High-school of Thebes with major in Horticulture. The same year I was accepted (top of my class), with a scholarship, as well, in the department of Oenology and Technology of Beverages of The Technical Institute of Athens. Still from the first years of my studies, I began to work in wine-cellars, in companies of distribution of beverages and in 2006 our collaboration with the Domain Argyros in Santorini began. I started the same year to work with the Estate Mitravelas in Nemea where I still produce wine despite the fact that it is 1,5 hour away from Thebes.
How did you decide to return in Thebes?
I always had clear in my mind that one day I would return back and try to practice what I have studied and loved in my home town, where fortunately I have the chance to do it, since it is an area of great tradition in the wine production. I was thinking of it when I observed that even if the region of Thebes is one of the biggest viniculture areas, something was missing. After discussing with some wine producers and wine experts, I realized that what was missing from the area, it was an oenology laboratory highly equipped with the latest technology instruments and certified according to the current international specifications. More than once, they had to go to Athens or Chalkis just to get the results of their samples. That is why, in the beginning of 2009, I started to make true my dream by creating the laboratory. I equipped it with instruments of the latest technology in order to carry out analyses of water, wine and olive oil and I prepare myself to pass through the process of certification ISO 9002.
How was this year the vintage in our region, and what kind of problems do they face those who are engaged to the viticulture?
The vintage, this year, is carried out earlier, because of the fact that many varieties are early matured due to the high temperature. There are specific problems, mostly in regions that have been offended by the fungus Uncinula necato and some others that have been struck by hail. There is still the problem of grapes disposal and the price per kilo as well. We need to be patient in order to have a good vintage…
You are satisfied so far by your decision to return in your home town?
All in all, I am pleased, since it is a wine producing area and is related to my work. Concerning the rest of the activities, the fact that we are only one hour away from Athens and still very close to other areas, gives us the possibility to pass creatively our free time. This along with some improvements that can be held can improve the life quality and become a motive to those who wish to move in our town.