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Establishment of an Organic Winery


A wine producer and fond believer in the benefits of organic production has upgraded his production facilities and equipment in order to add value to the final product, promote high quality organic wines and boost his region's wine making image.



The investor has been producing wine for 20 years and has always been committed to high quality wine production. He currently cultivates 100 acres of vineyards to produce organic wine. The organic wine making process requires special equipment and adaptation to new technologies. Despite his long-term experience he did not have the financial capacity to invest in the necessary equipment. More specifically, the production of high quality organic wine requires special tanks for cold wine stabilization and other specialised machinery.


The project aims to promote rural entrepreneurship, capitalise from locally produced agricultural products, increase the value added of agricultural produce, facilitate the access to markets for local organic wine and diversify economic activity.

Main activities

An existing building has been modified and adapted for the establishment of a modern winery and bottling of wine produced from organic viticulture. The investment includes the transformation of existing facilities to a certified winery, a certification system for food health and safety and the provision of equipment that incorporates latest technology and automation such as a peristaltic pump, a de-stemmer, crusher, an insulated tank for cold wine stabilization and a vinificator.

Results & Benefits

The project will result in the establishment of a winery and bottling area, storage facilities, offices and wine tasting areas. It will produce white and red organic wines. The benefits for the area include the promotion of an “organic production” image, making the local wine distinguished for its quality and environmentally friendly production methods. One full time employment post is also envisaged.

Lessons learnt

The key driver for the investor has been high quality: “with better quality, it is easier to introduce your products to the market successfully”. By adding high value in the wine making process, it is possible to attract visitors to the winery and advertise the products and the area as a “good-wine making area”. The organic production culture opens up market opportunities since there are currently few organic wine producers and consumers are increasingly aware of the benefits of organic products

Project location and other information

Karditsa, Thessaly



RDP Territory


Total project cost (€)

367 800

EAFRD contribution (€)

147 120

National contribution (€)

36 780

Private contribution (€)

183 900

Contact name

Andreas Kontozisis


+30 6979 108118

Languages for contact

English, Greek

At a glance



Final beneficiary type

Individual farmers

Budget range

€100 000 - €500 000

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End Date:


Theme / Measure:

• Implementing the LEADER Approach
• Implementing local development strategies
• 411. Competitiveness


Added-value, Organic farming, Agri-food industry, Leader, Wine

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