About Me

My name is Giorgos Spyridakis. I live and work in Kamilari, a picturesque village in the South of Crete, in the Messara plain.

I come from a family of farmers, established in Kamilari for many generations.

 

My parents still work in our family farm today, taking care of our chickens, geese, rabbits, goats and cows, as well as growing some vegetables.

 

We have a family restaurant in the village, Milonas, which I run with one of my brothers from April to October.

 

My family has been growing olives on their land generation after generation. Every year, we keep a limited amount of our olives to eat as such (after curing them ourselves according to a family recipe) and we press the rest into olive oil, which we use for the family consumption as well as for the Milonas restaurant.

I’ve often received enquiries from my restaurant guests about my olive oil, but it is not until 2014, which was an exceptional crop year, that I started to consider selling the excess olive oil.

 

I have a passion for agriculture and also produce my own wine from my Syrah grapes.

 

And after my father, and my grandfather before him, I own the family license to distil Raki, so I also make my own.

 

I am also an enthusiastic rider and a member of the Messara Horse Association (website here, in Greek only: Συλλογος προστασιας Γεωργαλιδικων Αλογου.)

 
With cowboy hat

With cowboy hat

Kamilari

Kamilari

My village

With the Libyan Sea

With the Libyan Sea

Just a few miles away from my village

Paximadia island

Paximadia island

in the Libyan Sea

My mother

My mother

in front of an olive tree

With Manolis,

With Manolis,

my brother, at our Milonas tavern

Two horses

Two horses

In front of my olive trees

Horse riding

Horse riding

Competing at the annual local contest

Stacking the hay

Stacking the hay

to provide food for my farm animals in the winter

My brother Alekos

My brother Alekos

Also helping stacking hay

Planting new grapes

Planting new grapes

A hard job demanding effort and dedication

Grape harvesting

Grape harvesting

Thankfully, I always find friends to help!

Wine vat

Wine vat

full of grape must

Pressing the grapes

Pressing the grapes

Collecting the grape pomace to make Raki

The Kazani

The Kazani

Where I make Raki

My brother Vangelis

My brother Vangelis

Singing and playing the Bouzouki

Dancing

Dancing

to my brother's music

Contact

SAFIkala

Kamilari

Crete

safikala.gr@gmail.com

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