The Katsaros Family became the first family in 1856 to request and secure from the newly established independent Greek state the authorization to produce and sell the new product under the name ”DISTILLATION OS USO TIRNABOY”, a name perceived in commerce but especially to Marseilles, France, as the finest quality extract especially that which was produced by the Katsaros Family based in the city of Tirnavos.
KATSAROS DISTILLERY is now located in a privately owned area of 6000 sq. m. where technology coexists in harmony with the history and tradition. Our ancestor Nikolaos Katsaros having gained a copper still from relatives began to unlock the secrets of distillation in an innovative way, resulting in today's "national drink" of our country known to all as Ouzo Tirnavou.
The great dowry of Nikolaos Katsaros passed from generation to generation by working incessantly on the recipe for so many years with love and care in all stages of production, thus celebrating the special place of origin of our fine spirits, Tirnavos Thessaly.
Our location home is anything but random because in no other region of Thessaly, the vines are not cultivated as much as in Tirnavos . In 1856 about 160 years ago, when Tirnavos was considered an industrial center and center of scholar thinking, Nikolaos Katsaros our great-grandfather was the one who invented and created the wonderful spirit Ouzo. (Thessalian Chronicles 1935). Since then with the secrets of four generations we still distill Ouzo using the same original recipe.
Our factory today are equipped with handmade copper stills, Inox tanks of latest technology, a fully automated bottling line, and a production line which is able to produce 2000 bottles per hour, offering high quality spirits that makes us both personal and national proud .
It is worth mentioning that our first exports (around 1930 in the early 20th century) were in Marseille, France, Egypt and in the USA. Today, we distribute in Australia, Canada, USA, England, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Cyprus, Iraq, Japan, Scotland, Congo, South Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand and we have recently reached an agreement to sell our products in China and Russia.
Since 1992, our products can be found in Greek DUTY FREE SHOPS.The market share of our Company in DUTY FREE SHOPS is 13% both for Ouzo & Tsipouro and we are coming third ( in volume) at the Ouzo & Tsipouro ranking.
We are proud that the efforts of our grandparents and our own, gain recognition by winning medals and awards. Noteworthy is the prize won by the brothers of Katsaros family in 1889 during the 4th Olympiad, followed by many others from 1905 until 1932, which we won the Grand Gold Thessaloniki International Fair.
In present times, we participate in many International exhibitions and our fine distillates still gain medals and quality distinctions, such as Concurs Mondial in Brussels, ISW Germany, International Wine & Spirits competition in Hong Kong etc.
Our continuing presence in the last 20 years in Food & Drink Exhibitions, such as in Athens from 1999, in DETROP in Thessaloniki, and in FOODEXPO in Athens have created favorable prospects in the promotion and recognition of our quality distillates.
Our dynamic entries in internationally recognized Exhibitions as FINE FOOD in Australia, SIAL in Paris, ANUGA & PROWEIN in Germany, PROWEIN CHINA and others have strengthened our position in the international market.
Our products today are Ouzo, Tsipouro, Liqueur and alcoholic drink of Brandy type. While finest, noblest, the "crown" of our spirits is the Aged Tsipouro of Katsaros Family.
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