Georgia Panagopoulou (Wine Gini)

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1. Tell us a few things about you so we can get to know a little better: your full name, age, sign, where you grew up, where you live now and what you do for a living. Which place do you like visiting more and how often do you visit? 

I’m Georgia, to fellow winelovers I am @winegini, 1989 vintage, a Saggitarius from Athens, and since quite recently a New Zealander. My passion is the on line and off line communication and experience of wine, always in a funky and millennial appropriate way. I have no specific favorite place, but it is definitely somewhere near the sea.  

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Photos © λ3 by Christos Tzoutis

2. Describe yourself in three words.

Explorer, motivated, eager  

3. What gets you out of bed in the morning?  

I am born to be wine! I get motivated by knowledge, people, conversations, love, friendship, travel but most of all the wine experience which we happily share in our @winegini Instagram community!  

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Photos © λ3 by Christos Tzoutis

4. You studied Chemical Engineering at the National Technological University of Athens, right? Have you ever practiced it? How did the connection with wine happen?  

Those were great studies that really helped me study in depth, put my thoughts into order and conclude to either simple or other times more complicated solutions. That is pretty much how I discovered my “chemistry” with wine. You know, us engineers, we’re romantics to death! I did practice engineering, but mostly the creative part of it. How’s that possible? Well, I’ll talk you through it in person, over a glass of sparkling bubbles!  

5. During your Master studies in Wine Management (MSc OIV) this past year, you got to travel to 29 countries, in 5 continents! How was this experience?

Officially a wine globetrotter, finally! Words cannot possibly describe this experience. Every time I go back thinking what we encountered, I feel so blessed for the stories we heard with a single breath, the sparkling eyes that looked through us, the places we wandered around with our backpack and all the flavors I still feel tickling my memory. Because the world of wine is sense of human and place.  

6. Which country or city did you resonate more with, so given it was your only choice you would move to, right away?  

I like clichés so I’ll just quote my favorite: “home is where your heart is”. Whether that’s Greece or New Zealand. We are our home.  

 

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Photos © λ3 by Christos Tzoutis

7. Which do you consider to be the one trip that a wine lover needs to take in his/her lifetime?

Oh, that’s a tough one. I’ll tell you about the trip that really impressed me and that was visiting Georgia. It is a country going through rough times, yet is home to some of the most passionate wine producers in the world. With over 8000 years of wine history, people of Georgia continue the tradition of qvevri (amphora) which they burry under the soil! Locals love their country and offer the wine loving explorer an authentic experience, combining wine, food and their history in a very unique way in one of the friendliest places we visited. Saperavi and Rkatsiteli with views of Caucasus, pure magic!  

8. We find ourselves for only 48 hours in the country/city you’ve moved to. What do you suggest we do/see?

Currently, I am based in Waiheke. It’s a dot in the ocean, literally. I’d suggest you go out for lots of strolls, sunsets and non-stop wine tastings around the island’s 30 wineries!  

9. Before your Master’s Degree you already had some experience with wine. Now that you have completed this circle and having created one of the most vigorous digital communities worldwide, in a very short period of time indeed, are you among those who perceive wine as more than not just a multi-dimensional alcoholic beverage? What is wine to me?

You’ll find your answer in one of @wine.gini 

10. A place you would like to visit next?

After this journey around the world of wine, I really do feel the need of calling a place home, redefine my goals and take in all the things I’ve experienced. I am rather lucky to have chosen a peaceful, joyful and full of wine-related motions place, like New Zealand. I can’t wait for my first excursion!   

 

 

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Photos © λ3 by Christos Tzoutis

11. Words you live by:

Whatever you do, never forget to have fun.  

12. What kind of music have you been listening to lately?  

Does an all-time favorite full soundtrack count? Gazing towards the evening sky here in Waiheke, I cannot help but think of by favorite “Vanilla Sky” and quote “Every passing minute is another chance to turn the world around”.  

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Whatever you do, never forget to have fun :). Photos © λ3 by Christos Tzoutis

See below photos from Georgia's travel experiences around the -wine- world.

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New Zealand, America, Portugal
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Spain
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S.Africa
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France
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We would like to thank Georgia for the interview and the beautiful conversation. For information about her work you can find her:

www.instagram.com/wine.gini

www.facebook.com/winegini

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