Whoever knows Santorini well, must surely have a great deal of respect for Haridimos Hatzidakis, the pioneering yet humble oenologist who contributed decisively to Boutari’s work when the latter established himself on the island in 1992 and whose choices changed Santorini’s wine scene.
At Boutari’s Winery, Haridimos met Konstandina Chrysou who was also working there. The pair fell in love and decided to develop a vineyard on the road to the monastery of Profitis Elias, which had been abandoned by Konstandina’s parents when they had left for Athens following the earthquake of 1956. Haridimos began replanting and they created a little underground winery in a cave at the bottom of the field. The lovers went to Crete to get married and when Haridimos’s parents tried to offer the traditional gift of gold to the bride, she disarmingly told them that she would prefer a gift of barrels, which were expensive at the time, so that they could begin making wine.
Source: Greek Gastronomy Guide
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