The great grand-father of the family had children who worked for them as supervisors and viticulturists. It didn’t take long -this was the beginning of a great love for wineries.
The decision of the land owners to sell the vineyards at the beginning of the 20th century was the triggering event that made Gikas family invest in what they loved and care for anyway. The tradition of viticulture continued during the 20th century by passing on its secrets to the next generations and the children soon grew up to be specialists.
In time, the city of Athens expanded to the surrounding areas and the winery sector did the same. As a consequence, Gikas family moved its vineyards from the Attica plain of Spata to the fertile lands of Viotia.
Nowadays, the family’s awarded vineyards are located at the foothills of Mount Cithaeron -a place of ancient worship of Dionysus, the god of grape harvest, winemaking and wine, in Greek mythology- marking a new era in viticulture. The area ranks at the top of the Greek wine production.
Andreas Gikas - Wine Producer
He is the person behind Gikas Winery today’s image and the founder of the winery in Spata. He graduated from the Chemistry Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has also obtained a diploma in Oenology from the Ministry of Agriculture.
Vasiliki Gika - Production Manager
She is the eldest daughter of the family and in 2000 she completed her oenological studies in Bordeaux and Toulouse. She continued working for one year at the Suze la Rousse Wine University in the heart of the famous French vineyards in Rhône Valley.