Meet the renowned Kosteas Distillery which since 1962 crafts unique spirits honouring the same traditional recipes.
On my last exploratory trip to Thessaloniki before the coronavirus lockdown, I was referred to Olicatessen, a craft grocery store where Golden Drop tsipouro was proudly displayed on the shelves. The handy sized bottle’s cuteness was matched by the remarkable taste.
In 1962 Thanasis Kosteas founded his spirit distillery in Kalamata, a proudly run family business now continued by his two sons Panagiotis and Giorgos.
Updating their traditional recipes, the only changes they make are to the packaging and bottle design so that it looks more appealing and protects the contents more effectively.
The brand projects its product range with a boisterous energy and confirms the passion which the company instills into their brews.
Golden Drop, is their premium aged tsipouro distilled from the Marc grape grown in the beneficial microclimate of the Peloponnese. The company exports to Germany, France and Cyprus.
From its inception, Kosteas has been a leading supplier of ouzo to the Peloponnesian city of Kalamata. In recent years, the company has ventured into liqueur and wine production.
From its inception, Kosteas has been a leading supplier of ouzo to the Peloponnesian city of Kalamata. In recent years, the company has ventured into liqueur and wine production. Panagiotis was taught from his father all the secrets of distillation and ouzo production. “I grew up surrounded by bottles of ouzo” he says.
Golden Drop tsipouro is masterfully distilled and then left to mature for twenty two months in solid oak barrels which are hammered closed and stored in dark and damp stone flagged cellars.
Panagiotis considers each spirit as his own “child” and he cannot tell which one is his favourite.
Kosteas Distillery, employing eleven people, is based in the centre of Kalamata with their second production unit a few minutes outside the city centre.
Panagiotis considers each spirit as his own “child” and he cannot tell which one is his favourite. He feels very attached to Kalamata. He recalls his carefree summers spent there and the distinctive smells of ouzo and seafood.
Kalamata is well known for its black olives and pasteli. There are numerous historical and cultural sights in the city, such as the Ypapanti Byzantine church and the Kalograion monastery. The city hosts a renowned dance festival every summer.