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In 1954 Kechri Winery took its present form, with the organization of a modern winery-distillery under the name of "Kechri Bros". It was in 1972 when Kechri's products began being exported successfully.
In 1984 Stelios Kechris took over control of the winery and never looked back. Graduating from the Faculty of Chemistry in Thessaloniki and obtaining his degree in Oenology from Dijon, France in 1987, he was determined to continue the family's winemaking heritage.
Stelios Kechris is one of the first Greek winemakers who believed in retsina and worked with such dedication to ensure its qualitative revival.
In the early 1980s, after the end of his studies in enology in the city of Dijon, France, and when retsina was considered an obsolete wine of low quality, Stelios Kechris conceived the vision that marked his course from that point onwards.
Contrary to the trend of the time, he decided to invest in the potential of KECHRIBARI, a product that his family has produced since 1939, and to prove that retsina can be a wine with a modern style and high quality. Through methodical work and thanks to the most contemporary vinification methods of the time, KECHRIBARI became the first retsina to be awarded at an international wine competition in the late 1990s.
However, this was just the beginning of an endless creative path. Having achieved the first goal of making a decisive contribution to the qualitative upgrading of retsina, the time had come for the next step. With the substantial contribution of his daughter, Eleni Kechri, who had recently returned from her studies in Bordeaux, the TEAR OF THE PINE was created, the first retsina made from Assyrtiko, which is vinified in oak barrels and is the only retsina that has the potential to age.
KECHRIBARI and TEAR OF THE PINE are two landmark products in the wine history of Greece because they have managed to overcome the past's stereotype and establish retsina as a model wine of tomorrow. Thanks to the high quality and unique style of the TEAR OF THE PINE, traditional Greek wine was placed right next to the best examples of the global vineyard. We are proud of what we have accomplished and committed to continuing our efforts.