Stellios Boutaris | CEO & Chairman of the board

Stellios’ relationship with Santorini dates back to 1985, the year he crushed his first vintage here when his family began operating on the island. Little did Stellios know then that he would return in 2020 to take up the role of CEO at Domaine Sigalas. He holds a BA in Mathematics from the Wesleyan University (USA), an M.Sc. in Econometrics from LSE (U.K.) and an MBA from INSEAD (France), and a WSET Diploma. Stellios has 25 years of experience in marketing, sales and finance in the beverage industry. He started as brand manager for Paterno Imports in 1991 and became instrumental in expanding the distribution of Boutari wines in North America. In 1995, around the time the company created the Mythos beer, he took over the responsibility for the sales of the Boutari Group. He held that position until his move to Kir-Yianni Estate where he remains today’s Managing Director. Stellios is fond of architecture and design. He is married with three children.

 

 

 

Lambros Papadimitriou | General Manager

Lambros joined Kir-Yianni in 2013 to lead the company’s international development and commercial management division and became general manager at Domaine Sigalas in 2020. He has over 20 years of experience in the areas of international sales, communication and consulting. His academic degrees are in Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Technologies and Business Administration from the University of Aachen in Germany. Lambros also holds a 3rd level WSET degree. He speaks fluent Greek, English and German. Lambros loves gastronomy, travelling, motorcycling and tennis

Sara Iakovidou | Oenologist

Sara has been working in Santorini as an oenologist at Domaine Sigalas for the last two years. Her maiden harvest as winemaker was the 2015 vintage in Amyndeon after which she crushed four consecutive grape harvests in Goumenissa before coming over to Domaine Sigalas. Sara graduated from the Department of Agriculture at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where she completed her Master’s degree in Oenology and Viticulture. She is a keen tennis player, philanthropist and nature lover who is into hiking, climbing and horse riding.

Margarita Koumpiou | Oenologist

Margarita started at Domaine Sigalas in 2019 as an assistant oenologist. She graduated from the Agricultural University of Athens (crop production science), where she obtained her oenologist’s license. She is pursuing a Master’s degree in Oenology. Margarita is also in possession of the ‘Navigator’ wine tourism development executive certificate.  She is into fitness, yoga, singing, dancing and theater, and has a graduate-degree in piano.

George Macheras I Cellar Manager

George had studied Oenology & Beverage Technology at the University of West Attica, member of the researching team focusing on fermentation with cryo-resistant yeasts. He had worked as a chief oenologist of wineries in Central Greece for seven years, while his career also included notable experience in restaurant management and wine sales.  He joined Domaine Sigalas in 2021. During his free time, George is a volunteer mountain rescuer and loves Muay Thai training.

Spyros Lemanis | Hospitality Manager

Spyros is Domaine Sigalas’ hospitality manager. He started at the tasting room in 2016, after having gained prior experience in the same position at two other wineries in Santorini. The winery’s guests and associates hospitality services are in his good care. An electrical engineering graduate of NTUA, Spyros worked previously for the specialist automotive press, contributing for 15 years to magazines as a tester and editor. He still writes as a free-lance contributor. Spyros is a champion sailor and has been a national team member for 12 years. His other passions are music, mathematics and astronomy.

Kostas Tellis | Agronomist

Kostas started his wine career at Domaine Sigalas, in 2017, and his position is agronomist. Following his academic degree in agronomy, obtained from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, he is pursuing an MBA at the University of the Aegean.  Before he worked in the field of agricultural machinery sales and for a quality control and assurance company for flour mills.  Kostas hails from a farming family and has been tending the land from an early age. In his free time, he likes paragliding, all mountain sports such as mountaineering and trekking, and motorcycles.

Stratos Xirafis | Agronomist

Stratos is regarded as ‘Sigalas born-and-raised’ since he started his career here as an fledgling intern in 2017 and stayed on, now as our agronomist in charge of the vineyard. Stratos holds a degree in Agronomy from the University of Thessaly, a Master’s degree in Oenology & Viticulture from the Agricultural University of Athens, where he is a PhD candidate. His  research on climate change and viticulture has been published in high ranked scientific journals. He also loves photography.