Costas comes from Pelendri village in the Pitsilia region. The region boats the highest vineyards in Cyprus, which is crucial for good winemaking when your country is so close to Africa. His grandfather was a winemaker himself and also was one of the major negotiants in Pelendri. The business ceased in the 60’s as the father of Costas showed no interest in continuing the trade. With an MBA from UCLA and a promising career in the bank, Costas did not see himself as a winemaker in the early years.
He, together with Marina, revived the tradition of the family when they decided in 1988 to follow the steps of the grandfather, with renewed passion and great reliance on the new trends in winemaking.
Marina’s dreams were focused on fashion rather than the wine when she met Costas. She was managing two family owned clothing shops, and was content with dressing up people in a fashionable way. She gave no second thought to a career change and was soon involved in pruning vines and making wine, as if she had done it since early childhood.
She, together with Costas, revived the tradition of the family when they decided in 1988 to follow the steps of the grandfather, with renewed passion and great reliance on the new trends in winemaking.
Following the financial crisis in Greece many young professionals fled Greece with a large number of them coming to Cyprus. Costas holds a degree in agriculture and a master’s degree in oenology from France. He has worked in Spain, Greece, France and Cyprus. He joined forces with Tsiakkas in 2015 after a short time with one of the big four wineries of Cyprus. His experience, passion and dedication helped the winery to move a step further towards the goal of becoming a leading winery in Cyprus.
Orestis was born the year the family produced its first wine. The thrill of having their first child was the reason why the family named the winery, Orestis Winery in the early years. After the birth of the other children the name was changed to Tsiakkas Winery. Having this legacy, is no wonder that the wine business was in his mind since he can remember.
With a BSc in chemistry and an MBA from Loughborough University, UK, he came back in Cyprus to work in the wine distribution company, which is part of the Tsiakkas winery. His passion for wine made him continue his studies in France with a second master’s degree in Oenology.
From the first year of his return he experimented with forgotten Cypriot varieties Mavro and Promara applying new vilification methods.
Ektoras holds a BA in agriculture from the University of Athens. He is responsible for the maintenance of the existing vineyards as well as developing new ones. He has a difficult task as high vineyards are always hard to establish and even harder to maintain. The task is even more difficult as all the winery vineyards are organic. His reward is the high quality grapes necessary to produce a quality wine.
After spending years in Africa and the UK, Nicos decided to invest in his home village, Agros. He owns one of the largest vineyards in the region and one of the highest in Cyprus with an altitude of 1300 meters above sea level. Being so high, Nicos decided to plant mainly international varieties which benefit from the cool climate of the region, the poor soils and the sufficient rainfall. Cooperation with this vineyard goes back to 1990.
Panikos and Philippos Kapnisis
The two brothers have recently established a vineyard comprising only of local varieties. Xynisteri, Vamvakada, Yiannoudi and Promara were planted. The winery cooperates with the brothers since 2008.
Although teaching 6-12 year olds may be a profession George practices in the mornings with a passion, his heart is at Vouni where he owns the largest vineyard of the region. He spends his afternoons and summers there and takes care of his vines. He has planted Promara, Grenache, Sauvignon, Xynisteri, Syrah, and is planning now to establish a Yiannoudi vineyard. He cooperates with Tsiakkas winery since 2011.
Cooperation with Nicos started 9 years ago and he is the owner of the two Commandaria vineyards in Ayios Mamas village. Both of them are planted with Xynisteri grapes. His vineyards were always considered the pride of the village.
Stefanos holds a PhD degree in Viticulture. He is a professor of Viticulture in The Aristoteleion University in Greece. He is consulting a number of wineries in Greece and Cyprus and pays regular visits to our vineyards. The cooperation dates back to 2008. His assistance made many Cyprus wineries recognize the need to invest first in the vineyard and subsequently in the winery.
Kyriakos is one of the top consultants in Burgundy, and runs one of the most advanced research laboratories in Beaune. He came first on the island in 2007 and saw a potential for cooperation. So did us. The recent vintages have been shaped by the expertise of Kyriakos. His skills and his knowledge of the recent developments in the wine making industry, coupled with his experience from consulting wineries in France, Italy, Greece, Switzerland and the United States helped the winery to focus on the unique characteristics of our terroir, with excellent results.
A great wine is made in the vineyard. You need the best possible quality grapes to make a great wine. However you also need the people who will tend the vines, vinify the grapes, make the blends, age the wine and finally bottle it.
The team behind the Tsiakkas label includes our own vineyard team, the associate vine growers, the oenologist and the external consultants who provide their expertise from around the world both in the field of viticulture and oenology.
A long standing relationship exists with the following people whose efforts are crucial in achieving the good results of the recent years.