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of Tirnavos Imports in Oakleigh
Australian Gourmet Traveler
Wine Magazine June/July 2015
edition. White Dot wine mention
by Jeremy Oliver .
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you very much for your kind email and also for making what I think is
one of the world's great drinks (actually, THE best!) I have
been enjoying it over the last few months while I have been stationed
here and am only sad that I will run out before the first ship of the
coming summer season arrives in October. BUT, thankfully I will
have one of my friends in
send more down on that ship!
name is Paul Munro and I am an Australian working at one of
's Antarctic Research Stations, called 'Casey'. You can see more
information about our station by going to the Australian Antarctic
Division's website at http://www.aad.gov.au
and then clicking on the pink coloured link on the right hand side
acquired a taste for your Ouzo on my first vacation to
many years ago. Since then, I ask for it whenever I eat at a
Greek Restaurant or, if I am lucky, at a pub in
. Of course, a year in the Antarctic without Plomari Ouzo would be
unthinkable and so I traced up your Australian distributor and they
were able to tell me where I could obtain it in
. I then phoned a friend in
and he was able to get the last few bottles the shop had before the
final ship sailed in
’s summer season (February 2008).
My job is threefold. I am one of the station’s electricians
(there are two of us here) and then I am also the supervisor of the
other tradespeople at Casey as well. My third and final job is
as the Deputy Station Leader.
There are nineteen expeditioners at the station and we arrived here in
October of 2007. Initially we were with about forty other
expeditioners, making the total over the southern hemisphere summer
(October to February) of about sixty people. But from the middle
of February this year the nineteen of us have been left here alone.
No ‘planes, no ships, no physical contact with the outside world
Understandably, socialising is very important for us here, being so
isolated from the rest of the world and only having eighteen other
people to talk with for about eight months of the year. I am not
what you would call a ‘big drinker’ but, when I do sit at our
small bar on a Friday and Saturday evening and talk with my friends
after work, I only drink the best. Of course, that is Plomari
The actual photo that I sent to Tivarnos Imports in
was taken at one of the oldest existing buildings in
at the old ‘Wilkes’ Station. Wilkes Station is a few
kilometres from Casey and has been abandoned for many years. It
was first built in 1957 by the Americans and then was handed over to
the Australian Government not long after that. The ‘Australian
Antarctic Division’, part of the Australian Government’s
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (my
employer) still maintains one of the buildings at Wilkes and we use it
as a sort of recreational hut, to allow us some time away from Casey
occasionally. The building is called the ‘Wilkes Hilton’.
I will sometimes go over there on a Saturday evening to just relax
with my friends and sip good Ouzo J
I will enclose another image of the particular trip on which your
first photo was taken. Please feel free to use any images you have at
your discretion. Unfortunately I do not think the resolution of
the image will make it of much use to you, but, once again, please
feel free to use them.
Thank you for making great Ouzo and I’ll think of your sunny country
every time I have a glass of Plomari down here. After all, it is
the taste of real
From Tirnavos to Australia fine Greek products
Archie Tsoukras is the founder and CEO
Imports, he talked
Neos Kosmos English Edition.
Tsoukras and her father, Archie Tsoukras.
From inception up until the setting up process, how did you start your
have been involved in the liquor and groceries industry for the past
32 years as an owner and operator of several supermarkets and liquor
shops all over Melbourne.
As a liquor shop owner I believed there were not enough Greek products
available in the market and decided to start importing to supply the
Greek community as well as to introduce some of the finest products
Greece has to offer to the Australian consumers. In 1994 Tirnavos
Imports was established , and we began trading as an importer of fine
wines and spirits which originated from my hometown of Tirnavos near
Larisa in central Greece. We were unloading containers at the back of
my supermarket. Since then we have expanded the product range
representing the largest Greek companies such as Minerva oils and
Athenian Breweries, moving to bigger facilities and supplying
nationally the biggest liquor and supermarket chains in Australia.
What would you say stands out as the leading product of your business
Some of the most popular products in our range include the
first ever made ouzo in the world Ouzo Katsaros, Tsipouro Tirnavos,
the increasingly popular Plomari ouzo and the premium range of
Hatzimichalis wines and the newest addition to our range being Alfa
is business currently and how has it been affected by the global
Despite the current economic climate business continues
with the same pace striving to always improve and grow as the
market’s demands grow. We further believe there is a positive shift
in the perception of Greek products especially when it comes to Greek
premium wines evident from the opening of a number of fine Greek
restaurants ranging a broader selection of Greek products.
is your vision for the future of your business?
Tirnavos Imports is a family run business dedicated to
building strong relationships with both its suppliers and customers.
Our vision is striving to promote a taste of Greece in the Australian
Do you have any tips for new entrepreneurs who wish to enter the
Times have changed since I entered the import industry.
With time, hard work, patience, good business practices, good
relationships and finally willing to take on the challenge of entering
this industry there is always opportunity for new enterpreneurs.
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We are glad to inform you that Ouzo of Plomari Isidoros
Arvanitis participated in the renowned international competition
of spirits, World-Spirits Award which takes place every
year, for the last 11 years, in Austria.
In 2014, 400 brands from 30 countries participated in the
competition, including some of the most famous brands worldwide,
results for 2015 were announced recently and we are very glad to
inform you that Ouzo of Plomari exceled in the competition,
reaching the top score for its fragrance, taste and balanced
harmony and won the top distinction double-gold medal! This
prize is awarded only to products of exceptional quality that
class, extraordinary products».
believe that this award is of great value and will help us
communicate the quality of the product to the public. We
have a license to use the medal until 1st August 2018 in any
printed or digital form.
Olga Kefalogianni, Minister of Tourism and Amal
Alamuddin-Clooney enjoy their meal and Katogi Averoff Red wine
Amal Alamuddin-Clooney enjoys Katogi
Katogi Averoff Red wine remains at the first choices of “famous”
her visit in Greece, Amal Alamuddin-Clooney chose Katogi Averoff
Red 2009 to accompany her lunch .
One more international recognition that would like
to share with you!
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