About us – Mastrogiannis Distillery & Winery

About us

OUR PROMISE: At Mastrogiannis Distillery we make Greek-Inspired Wine & Spirits using 100% grapes.

 

My dad was a man of a few words, and if you had the opportunity to hear him talk he would often mention the word Meraki. He would sometimes just roar it when he was creating something, making wine, or simply roasting a lamb on the spit!

 

Merakia he would shout! With a big smile on his face!

 

Meraki or in plural Merakia does not have a clear definition in English, but its roughly translated as the soul, creative and love you put into everything you do regardless of the task at hand. Meraki defines the inner proud that all of us have regardless of race, color or where we came from when we achieve or drive towards a goal, knowing it’s our best work yet!

 

The idea for our brand and business came during a commute back from work on a bus. Journaling on a rainy Seattle day and looking outside the window at the passing cars, my parents came into my thoughts, all of their lives, makers, farmers and most of all providers. Regardless of their difficulties they build a house and managed to provide for both me and my brother to ensure we had everything we needed to be successful.

 

My dad twenty years ago inherited some winemaking equipment from his dad, and his goal was simple, to make better wine than his dad. So he begun with purchasing grapes and all the necessary equipment to make quality wine.

 

Over the years his hobby grew, and at some point became an obsession with planting his own small block vineyard and making really good wine from both our own grapes and purchased grapes.

 

And it was during those early years that my memory took me back, recalling the preparation for the crushing of the grapes, or me with a bucket loading grapes and passing them my dad standing above the grape crusher on a self-made wooden structure of planks that was build during harvest around the 5 ton tanks to hold the crusher and the people working on top, for an open top native yeast fermentation on the outside before the juice was transferred to large neutral oak barrels for finishing fermentation and eventually consumption.

 

The idea to start a distillery and eventually a winery that will be using grapes as our base for everything was born, that day on thar rainy Seattle commute home.

 

Quality ingredients, simple ingredients, ingredients that I'm proud to serve at my family table. Ingredients and recipes that pay tribute to my roots and family heritage.

 

Our ethos and our motto is of the same. Meraki. The soul, creativity and love we put into everything we do, regardless of the task at hand.

 

OUR MOTTO Meraki: The soul, creativity and love we put into everything we do.

Cheers,

 

 Ilias & Bojana Mastrogiannis