Dimitris Hatzimichalis is the founder and Managing Director of Domaine Hatzimichalis, located in Atalanti Valley of Central Greece.
Dimitris was born in Athens in 1946. He attended the University of Piraeus pursuing a degree in Economics. Parallel to his studies, Dimitris was managing his family business importing Grundig, Longines and Citizen products. In 1969 he started manufacturing TV sets in Greece, under Grundig license. His success in this business helped him expand on his lifelong dream to create high quality wines from his own vineyards as a farmer. Dimitris is a truly self educated vine grower and winemaker.
At the age of 19, Dimitris made his first wine in his house yard and later continued his passion with functioning a small wine press in the premises of his family business and studying the history of wine. His love for vine and wine culture, inspired him to buy his first 9 hectares in Atalanti Valley in 1973. The selection of this land was based on the unique microclimate that exists in the area. The cool breezes of Mount Parnassus and the Sea aura of the Eubean gulf meet and form an ideal ecosystem for the growing of wine grape vines. These characteristics along with the viticulture tradition of Atalanti, convinced him to invest in this land and fulfill his dreams.
The first years, were not easy and Dimitris maintained a turkey farm which helped him support his vineyards expenses. The turkey has since been proudly displayed on the label. It was in the early 80’s when a batch of 1000 bottles of high quality Cabernet Sauvignon astounded the Greek wine industry. A decade later, the quality of the Domaine Hatzimichalis wines was recognized globally earning a number of international awards. Since then, Domaine Hatzimichalis is continuously improving, respecting Dimitris moto to create better wine in an ecosystem supporting local cultural and social values. He has two sons, Leonidas and Panagiotis, who are now actively involved in his business.