In 1979 Costas Lazaridis, “infected” by the … wine bug in Germany, where he spends a lot of time for the family marble business, establishes in Xiropotamos, on the slopes of mount Falakro, around his house, the first modern linear vineyard in Drama.
In 1986 follows another first for Costa Lazaridi. He builds the only, at the time, modern winery in the region, to vinify the grapes of his private vineyards and owned by his company “Constantinos Lazaridis, Winery – Bottling company”. The building, which still stands, is not in use any more but there plans to turn it into a museum to mark the beginnings of a successful story. The equipment will be later sold to “Lazaridis WIAC SA”, founded in 1987, with his brother Nico where he remained as President and Managing Director until the end of 1991. Then, the paths of the two brothers separate since their visions about wine differ radically.
Innovation and respect for nature are characteristic of every undertaking of Domaine Costa Lazaridi since the beginning. From the varietal composition of the first vineyards, setting the basis of the rebirth of vine cultivation in the region, to the equipment of the winery, which is always at the technological forefront, or the character of the wines which follows the particularities of each plot or vintage.
Since the 70’s, Costas Lazaridi deeply believed that his homeland can produce high quality wines, able to compete in the world stage and turn Drama into a City of Wine. This conviction became the vision of the company and is reinforced by the confirmation of specialists and consumers.
The next generation of the Lazaridi family is now actively taking part in the management of the company. George and Gerasimos, the twin sons of Costas and Julia, who grew up, literally, in the vineyard and the winery, are the biggest guarantee for the continuation of the Estate’s success in the future.
George Lazaridis is a winemaker with post graduate studies in Montpellier in France, while Gerasimos Lazaridis turned to management and holds an MBA from the City University of London.