It is said that Chios was Homer’s birthplace. It is also believed that it was in Chios that Columbus acquired his masterful seamanship that helped him discover America. Chios is also the land that breathes life into the well-known springs of Karydia and bestows the springs’ precious water on the Stoupakis Distillery.
Our story begins in 1896 on the island of Chios, where the one-of-a-kind anise-flavoured ouzo travelled to all of Chios’ villages and even across the sea, reaching the Asia Minor Coast.
In 1900, Yannis Stoupakis acquired his first official permit from the Ottoman Empire allowing him to operate his distillery at Dafnonas. Today, those very same copper stills he so carefully tended to are at the company’s state-of-the-art facilities.