Our Story

Our Story2018-10-09T00:57:40+00:00

Kefi Estate Winery

Discovering our Kefi, one vine, one cluster, one bottle at a time.

KEFI/ KEFI(in Greek)is best described in Greek as meaning: the spirit of joy, zest for life, triumph, passion, enthusiasm, high spirits, overpowering emotion, euphoria, mojo, adrenalin, frenzy, positive emotions and fun.

So how did all this madness begin???

Well…

Many years ago in a far way and beautiful mountain village, Fithakia Greece, a young woman, Paraskevi, quickly finished her daily chores, for this special day. She changed into her church dress, braided her long dark hair and ran to meet the “yambro”( the groom) and his father as they arrived. The groom, Evangelos, had heard wonderful things about the “nifi”(the bride).

Evangelos, now known as Angelo, had been fortunate to be sponsored by his Uncle Stavro to immigrate to the world’s beacon country, the United States of America. After five years of dedicated work, everyday except for Christmas and Easter, he became an American citizen and returned back to his homeland to search for his true love.

Through diligent, hard labor he had found his amazing new homeland and He found her…and so it continued…his American dream

A family of four raised in Florence, SC.

I am the oldest of that beautiful couple. Busy with a medical career and four children, I yearned to explore my dreams. Like my mother and my wonderful Aunt Effie, I love the glorious outdoors, planting and watching the earth bring forth her generous gifts.

After searching for over a year, I found a piece of property with a deep history in need of a makeover and a lot of TLC! Land that included a peaceful pond, rolling hills and a lot of rocky soil…perfect for a vineyard…

My crazy dream had begun. After intensive reading, studying and annoying every expert on vinology and enology who would listen, I set my goal. To grow grape varietals beloved by thousands of years and familiar to my ancestors.

Phenomenal grapes that have been treasured in the Mediterranean. Greek varieties that make delicious, aromatic wines with names and tastes unfamiliar to American ears and palates.

So exciting!

Welcome to my dream and to my happy quest in finding my Kefi!!!

Vasiliki Collins
Vasiliki CollinsOwner

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What does KEFI mean?

KEFI/ KEFI(in Greek)is best described in Greek as meaning: the spirit of joy, zest for life, triumph, passion, enthusiasm, high spirits, overpowering emotion, euphoria, mojo, adrenalin, frenzy, positive emotions and fun.