Hatzidakis winery was founded in 1997 by Haridimos Hatzidakis and Konstantina Chryssou. In 1996, Konstantina showed Haridimos the vineyard of her family. This vineyard is located at the village of Pyrgos Kallistis, on the way to the monastery of Profiti Ilias-Santorini, at 330 meters above sea level. The vineyard was abandoned for many years, as Konstantina’s parents, George and Aikaterini Chryssou, had left the island because of the earthquake in 1956, and moved to Athens, following the trend of many locals at the time. Until 1996, the vineyard remained uncultivated. Haridimos was the first who made the decision to re-cultivate the vineyard, and the rest is history. The vineyard was cultivated with Aidani, an organic grape variety.
When Konstantina and Haridimos visited the vineyard, Haridimos spotted a cave at the end of it. “Over here, we can create a Kanavaki”, he said. “Kanaves” is the local name for wineries. Thus, a small underground Winery started to materialize, which was built with patience, persistence, enthusiasm, passion, “meraki,” as we say in Greek, and hard work. And the dream came true! In 1998, the first bottles of wine, vintage of 1997, were released from that new Winery. Santorini wine, a vintage 1997, from the white grape variety Assyrtiko and Mavrotragano wine, the 1997 vintage from the Mavrotragano grape variety of Santorini, were the first two wines to be produced.
Today, Hatzidakis Winery cultivates 10 hectares of vineyards and most of them are organic.