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Our People

George Melissanidis, Distiller & Founder

George Melissanidis had taken the reins of the distillery since 1964. Mr George had grown up essentially in the distillery, having as mentors his uncle and his father. As a second generation distiller, with special knowledge on the distillery industry, but also with love and care for the spirits, George rebranded all the products and...

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Dimitris Melissanidis, Distiller & Owner

Dimitris has been running Melissanidi Distillery since 2002. From an early age he had a business orientation, this is why he studied Business Administration in Thessaloniki. He dealt with various business ventures. Along the way, he attended the Aristotle University in an annual training program for wines and spirits.It is worth mentioning that he attended...

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Nopi Romanidou, Sales & Marketing Director & Co-owner

Nopi studied technology education and digital systems in the University of Piraeus and received a Master Degree in Management of Services from the Athens University of Economics and Business. She enhanced her educational profile by attending several seminars on marketing, organised by established institutions all over Europe, like SDA Bocconi in Milano. Her passion for...

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Andreas Petsos, Warehouse Manager

Andreas is the oldest member of the Melissanidi distillery family. He has been working in the family business since 1978 and is responsible for the organisational and efficient operations of the spirit warehouse. Andreas is married and has two...

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Kiriakos Traianou, Production Manager

Kiriakos came to Melissanidi distillery family in 1988. He is responsible of organising and coordinating the production of the distillery. He checks the herbs and the grape marc which are going to be distilled. Generally, he supervises the whole process of production and bottling according to the instructions of the distiller, Dimitris Melissanidis Kiriakos is...

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Traianos Baltakis, Production Assistant Manager

Traianos is the youngest of all members of Melissanidi distillery family. He belongs to the family business since 2012. He studied accounting in Serres. He is the right hand of Kiriakos and together they organise the production of the distillery. He is a child’s...

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Pavlos Giouroukis, Sales Manager

Pavlos is the last member of Melissanidi distillery family since he belongs to the family business from 2016. He studied medical technician, but he quickly realised that sales are what he loves. Pavlos is the sales manager of the company, mainly in the wider region of...

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"The procedure of the production is traditional and the recipes are secret.
Natural spring water from Kaimaktsalan mountain is the key ingredient along with other carefully selected raw materials."

Our Story


The distiller Thanassis Nikolaidis arrived in Aridaia from Asia Minor


Thanasis transferred his knowledge and art to Aridaia and established the distillery


Thanasis’ son, Fotis Nikolaidis together with Pavlos Melissanidis were associated and continued the tradition


Paul died, so Fotis continued on his own


George Melissanidis, son of Pavlos Melissanidis, entered the distillery


The four distillers of Aridea joined forces and created the Aridea distillers’ association


Three of the four families left and Melissanidi family continued, George and his nephew Chrysanthos Andronikos


Dimitris Melissanidis, son of George, took over the business


Chrysanthos leaved the distillery


Nopi Romanidou, wife of Dimitris, joined the distillery


Melissanidi distillery acquired its first pot still for tsipouro distillation and distilled Tsipouro Arhontiko for the first time


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