Parallel to his interest in quality wine making, Vangelis Gerovassiliou's other aspiration is to enhance the wine-growing tradition: in 1976 he started collecting viticulture, winemaking, bottling and cooperage tools from around the world. Worth noting is the collection of corkscrews, which he started in 1980s and counts more than 2600 exhibits, rendering Vangelis Gerovassiliou one of the greatest collectors of corkscrews in the world. The collection includes rare and unique pieces dating back to the 18th century, true symbols of the technological advances, high aesthetics and social structures of the era.
This collection of corkscrews and wine-growing tools is housed in the Gerovassiliou Wine Museum, located at the heart of the estate's winery, next to the underground ageing cellar and the wine tasting room. The Museum and the exhibition were planned and implemented by the professors at the Museology-Cultural Management Postgrad Program at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Matoula Scaltsa and Panos Tzonos. The new museum was inaugurated by his Excellency, the then President of Hellenic Republic, Mr. Karolos Papoulias.
Quality wine, its production and significance in human lives constitute the main museological axis of Gerovassiliou Wine Museum.
The stories narrated unfold through the two main Museum collections: the collection of corkscrews, bottles, vessels and pieces of an ancient Greek symposium and the collection of viticulture, vinification, cooperage and bottling tools. The proximity to the vineyards, the winery and wine-tasting rooms, as well as the view of alternating seasons, intensify the visitors' experience.
Ground floor - Entrance
The introductory unit "Evangelos Gerovassiliou: The vine-grower, the vintner, the collector" presents the life of Vangelis Gerovassiliou, who together with Sonia Tziola-Gerovassiliou created in Epanomi a vineyard, a winery and a Wine Museum.
The first room named "The corkscrew" houses the Museum unit "The wine travels...", which follows various wine routes through time and examines the vessels used for its transportation. It explains the need to make special vessels and special corking tools that would maintain the quality of the transported wine.
The unit "Stories with corkscrews" presents the corkscrew collection in three ways. Initially, the greatest part of the collection is exhibited, following the internationally acknowledged classification of corkscrews, in non-mechanical and mechanical ones. Texts and photographs illustrate their function and social use. Then follows a small selection of exhibits, the collector's favourites, which are pieces that are either rare or unique in a way. The third way of presentation is seven circular show cases, scattered in the room, where corkscrews are grouped according to their use by men and women, their relation to the consumer's habits, the leisure industry and different trends and artistic movements of the 19th and the 20th century.
In the unit "Wine and food" three-dimensional wall-mounted "ghosts" recommend to the visitor how to combine Gerovassiliou wines with specific dishes. The unit "Words" on the long wall helps the visitors familiarize with the vine and wine glossary through the use of touch-screens.
In the second room called "The wine", the unit "Stories about wine" touches upon the economical, social and symbolic significance of wine through the ages. The following units, "The vine", "The wine-making", "The barrel" and "The Maturation", comprise collections of tools and vessels, which are accompanied by text, pictures and moving three-dimensional drawings, and bring to life the whole process of wine-making.
Finally, "Moments" from the Greek and international cinema, as well as a collection of photographs, underline the importance of wine in human life and human societies.
Educational programs, guided tours and parallel events take place based on a variety of stimuli and information provided by the vineyard, the winery and the Wine Museum, and focus on different themes, depending on the specific target group.