Kir-Yianni was founded in 1997 by Yiannis Boutaris, one of the leading figures in the Greek wine industry, when he left the Boutari Wine Group, the premium family wine company that his grandfather established in 1879.
Today, Stellios Boutaris, member of the fifth generation of winemakers, leads Kir-Yianni into the next phase of its history, by dynamically exploiting the cornerstones of the Kir-Yianni philosophy: desire for innovation, respect for tradition and true knowledge of the wine, from the grape to the end consumer.
Yiannis Boutaris plants 40 hectares of Xinomavro vines on the eastern foothills of Mt Vermion, in Yianakohori, near the town of Naoussa. Later this vineyard will become Ktima Kir-Yianni.
Yiannis Boutaris plants 20 hectares of white varieties on the highlands to the west of Mt Vermion, in the area of Amyndeon.
Merlot and Syrah vines planted in selected vineyard parcels of Ktima Kir-Yianni are perfectly adjusted to the area’s mesoclimate, giving great results.
An old winery in the village of Agios Panteleimon is bought. This building, nicknamed “Paranga” -the “Shack”- will become the Kir-Yianni winery in Amyndeon.
This is the year when Kir-Yianni is founded and the first vintage is entirely vinified in the newly built winery within Ktima Kir-Yianni.
Stellios Boutaris, son of Yiannis, becomes managing director of Kir-Yianni.
Mihalis Boutaris returns from his studies in UC Davis. A period of intense experimentation and research on Xinomavro begins.
The year when the new generation of Xinomavro wines is born based on the results of our experiments of the previous period.
28 hectares of vineyards are re-planted with Xinomavro and other Greek and international varieties, focusing on the right vineyard sites and appropriate Xinomavro clones
10 more hectares are acquired by Stellios Boutaris, making Ktima Kir-Yianni one of Greece’ s largest vineyards.
The first Kir-Yianni Wine Bar opens at the Athens International Airport followed by a second one in 2015
Yiannis Boutaris, Founder & President of the Board
Founded Kir-Yianni in 1997 with the vision to create a super-premium Greek wine estate. After more than 30 years of owning a controlling stake and running the operations of Boutari —the leading Greek wine brand— Yiannis decided to spin off two of the best vineyards belonging to the Group in order to create Kir-Yianni. However, his interests extend well beyond wine to wildlife conservation and local politics, where he plays a prominent role. From 2010 he is the Mayor of Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city.
Stellios Boutaris, Winemaker & CEO
Runs Kir-Yianni since 1999 with the ambition to turn it into a world-class brand. Stellios got his MBA from INSEAD and his M.Sc. in Econometrics from LSE after a BA in Mathematics from Wesleyan University in the USA. As a brand manager at Paterno Imports he dramatically enhanced the distribution of Boutari wines in North America. Upon his return to Greece Stellios headed the sales of Boutari Group during the birth of Mythos beer until taking up the Kir-Yianni portfolio. Stellios is married with three children and spends most of his time traveling in and out of Kir-Yianni Estate.
Mihalis Boutaris, VP of the Board
Mihalis is the Vice President of the Board of Directors at Kir-Yianni. He holds a philosophy degree from Harvard and a MSc in Viticulture & Enology from UC Davis. He lived at Kir-Yianni Estate between 2000-2003, when we renewed, as well as further expanded the vineyards and winemaking facilities. Recently he has been responsible of the expansion in Greater China and Asia Pacific, as well as establishing the pilot vineyard in Tianshui, Gansu Province, China. His main responsibilities include projects of business development, quality control, and R&D. He is married with a daughter and at the present shares his time between Greece and the Far East.
Giorgos Anastasopoulos, General Manager
Giorgos joined Kir-Yianni in 2004 with the key challenge of managing the rapid expansion. Formerly the Director of Arcturos, Yorgos has worked as a financial director in large enterprises and several of his own ventures. Based at the Estate, he heads operations and financing on top of co-developing a business for side products like vine leaves and vinegar. He is married with two children.
Antonis Kioseoglou, Chief Oenologist
Antonis joined Kir-Yianni in 2010, after having worked in Alpha Estate and in Mesimvria Wines. He has received a degree in Chemistry from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and after that the Diplôme National d’Oenologue from the University of Bordeaux. He is married and has one daughter.
Lambros Papadimitriou, Director Sales & Marketing
Lambros joined Kir-Yianni in 2013 to lead the international expansion of the brand. He holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Technologies and Business Administration from the University of Aachen, Germany and is WSET certified. He has more than 15 years of experience in the fields of international sales, communications and management consulting, all in an international environment. He’s married with two children.
Haroula Spinthiropoulou, Consultant Viticulture
Joined Kir-Yianni in 2005 as a consultant to upgrade existing viticultural practices and refine the new vineyard establishment projects. Haroula completed her Ph.D. in 2005 at the Agricultural School of Athens University after a Diplome d’ Agronomie Approfondie from ENSA at Montpellier, France in 1995. Her undergraduate degree is also in viticulture from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Her expertise lies in vine vigor and how it relates to cover cropping, clonal selection, and trellising among other things. Haroula has published a book on Greek ampelography, five articles in professional publications, and more than a dozen conference posters and scientific articles. Her seminal work in identifying, selecting, and propagating the clones of Xinomavro under the auspices of Boutari Wineries in the 1990’s along with her extensive fieldwork in the Naoussa appellation add great value to the focused efforts of our vineyard crew. Haroula has two sons and runs “Argatia” winery with her husband, Panayotis.
Damos Damianidis, Cellar Master
Joined Kir-Yianni in 1997 as our first employee and still serves at the core of our business. Damos gained his experience as a cellar master at the Central Facility of Boutari Wineries in Naoussa. He completed his studies in Food Science & Enology at the Polytechnic Institute of Thessaloniki. In his spare time, he runs a small alambic that produces a fabled grappa. He is married with a son and a daughter.