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Domaine Skouras

Employment History

  • Attorney
    Skouras Law Office
  • Winemaker
    Domain Skouras
  • Vice President
    Greek Wine Federation
  • Winemaker


  • Agriculture
    University of Dijon
  • degree , Enology
62 Total References
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admin's blog | WimbledonWineCellar, 15 Sept 2015 [cached]
Speaking to The Drinks Business recently, George Skouras, founder of Domaine Skouras and the godfather of quality wine production in Greece, said he thought that Greek wines were now "very competitive", but that the next step was to produce an "icon wine", in order further to build the country's reputation.
Winemaker: George ... [cached]
Winemaker: George Skouras
George Skouras, proprietor, oenologist and winemaker of Domain Skouras, was born in Argos, a city in Peloponnese that has been inhabited for over 3000 years.In the early eighties, he studied agriculture in Dijon, France where a local winemaker introduced him to Burgundy wine.Impressed and inspired, his Dionysian element took over, and he switched to oenology.As a Dijon University graduate he worked for French, Italian and Greek wineries.
In 1986 Skouras established his first winery in Pyrghella, a small town near Argos.In 1988 he launched his pioneering Megas Oenos wine, a first-of-a-kind red cuvee, an impressive blend of the local Agiorgitiko and the international Cabernet Sauvignon with illustrious results.Megas Oenos (great wine) became known as a high quality wine in the Greek market and abroad.In 1996 he built a winery in the bucolic village of Ghymno at 700m altitude, in the designated Nemean Appellation of Origin area.Ghymno, the roof garden of Greek vineyards, is home to 50-year old Agiorgitiko vineyards.Grapes from these vineyards are used in the Megas Oenos Red.Over the last fifteen years, Skouras has brought his domain to the forefront of Greek estates.Increased demand for his terroir-driven and estate-bottled wines has prompted the building of a new winery and reception center at Malandreni, Argos.An upscale winery with ultimate balance of location, design, efficiency and technology.
With someone like George ... [cached]
With someone like George Skouras, a man who has been such a prominent force in the Greek wine industry, it's hard to imagine him as a young twenty-something, crushing his first vintage of wine. Especially because 27 years ago, few would have predicted that skouras_logo.jpg there would be a thriving Greek wine industry in 2011. But thanks, in part, to the efforts of Skouras and several other pioneering winemakers, the foundations that were laid in the early 1980s have led to a thriving and dynamic industry that is making excellent wine.
Skouras went on to study at the University of Dijon, getting a degree in viticulture and enology, and getting the opportunity to work in the vineyards of Burgundy, Bordeaux , Champagne, Beaujolais and more.
Skouras returned to Greece in 1982 to work for Nicholas Cosmetatos at his winery Gentilini, a pioneering effort that many consider the beginning of the modern winemaking movement in Greece.
Skouras didn't know it at the time, but that first vintage was also the first time that anyone had ever blended the native Agiorgitiko (pronounced eye-your-YEE-tih-koh) grape with Cabernet. A decision, Skouras says, that was really based in a lack of faith in Agiorgitiko: "I wasn't sure of the longevity of Agiorgitiko, so I added Cabernet sort of as a warranty - skouras_photo.jpg for some cellaring potential."
Now, such blends are common, but at the time, most of the international grape varieties and the indigenous varieties were kept and made separately.
Once Skouras had made his first wine, then he had to sell it.
Within a few years, Skouras matured his skills as a marketer as fast as he had matured his skills as a winemaker, holding press conferences and setting up tastings for members of the press. Like several other French trained winemakers who all returned to Greece to make wine at around the same time, Skouras rapidly rose to prominence and acclaim.
Domaine Skouras now consists of 80 acres of vineyards, many of them older vineyard sites that Skouras purchased near his home town in Malandreni, where his flagship winery sits, about an hour and a half from Athens. This was his second winery, however, as his first venture was a small winery in Gymno in the Nemea region, the area of the Peloponnese peninsula synonymous with the grape Agiorgitiko.
The winery produces northwards of 50,000 cases of wine a year, across a wide range of bottlings, some of which are as small as a few thousand bottles. While Skouras is actively involved in the day-to-day operations, he now has a winery team of very competent individuals that handle most of the production, giving him time to represent both the winery and the Greek wine industry as a whole (Skouras was Vice President of the Greek Wine Federation for some time).
After nearly 30 years in the vineyards and cellar, Skouras shows very little sign of slowing down.
John's Market Place in Multnomah Village - Wine!, 7 Aug 2014 [cached]
Winemaker George Skouras is a champion of modern Greek wine. Starting in the 80's, he was the first to blend Greece's Agioritiko grape with the widely-known Cabernet Sauvignon. His bottle of Zoe is the little brother to that flagship blend and just like a youngin', it's fresh and fruity, round and bouncy.
Speaking to The Drinks Business recently, ..., 15 Sept 2015 [cached]
Speaking to The Drinks Business recently, George Skouras, founder of Domaine Skouras and the godfather of quality wine production in Greece, said he thought that Greek wines were now "very competitive", but that the next step was to produce an "icon wine", in order further to build the country's reputation.
He went on to explain that, while there's been a revolution in quality of Greek wines over the last 30 years, Greece was yet to produce a wine that could propel the country into the limelight of international markets, in the manner of the Super Tuscan estates of Italy, or the trophy wines of California, Chile and Argentina.
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