During the ongoing works for the enhancement and highlighting of the former royal estate of Tatoi, another treasure has been revealed. Among thousands of objects preserved by the Directorate of Conservation of Ancient and Modern Monuments of the Ministry of Culture, a large number of rare wines and spirits are included, in bottles that are now considered items of historical interest.
As the Minister of Culture and Sports, Lina Mendoni, stated, “our aim is, after the restoration works of the Palace are completed, to reuse the building as a museum. The part of the bottle collection which, according to the experts, can be exhibited, will find its place in the existing space of the Palace cellar”.
The conservation and maintenance works of the Tatoi wine cellar have been undertaken by the relevant service of the Ministry of Culture and Sports and are expected to reveal even more historical and oenological treasures. Approximately 4000 bottles of wine and drinks have been archived in 235 boxes, with labels of special value – artistic and historical -, and even rare cans of soft drinks, which were not imported in Greece at that time. Some of the wines and alcoholic beverages are still suitable for consumption, and evaluation work is in progress in order to assess the condition of the rest.
Rare wines found in the collection include bottles of Château Margaux, Château de Vincennes and Château Rothschild, as well as collectible beverage bottles, such as the special ceramic bottle of Chivas whiskey designed to celebrate the coronation of Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom
The ACHAIA CLAUSS winery has undertaken evaluation studies of the Tatoi wine cellar, as a consultant, and has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Sports. Responsible on the part of the company is Periklis Baltas, head of its Historical Archive. The company will evaluate and classify the bottles, with regard to their rarity and interest in terms of oenological practice, or their suitability for exhibition.