In 1989, George Manolesakis started to cultivate his own vineyards on the slopes of the Village of Adriani, Drama located in the northern province of Macedonia, a region known for producing the ripest grapes in Greece. He planted primarily French stem varieties, such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Semillon, Syrah, and Ugni Blanc. Indigenous grape varieties, such as Roditis and Agiorgitiko (St. George), are also part of the wine portfolio. In 1998, he founded G. Manoleskis & Co., a company dedicated to producing and bottling French stem varieties.
Drama is said to have a viticulture that dates back 5,000 years. Its continental climate, rich soil, and gentle slopes provide ideal conditions to produce wines of high quality. Mr. Manolesakis states that the slopes protect his vineyards from weather conditions, such as strong winds, sudden changes of temperature, and excess moisture. The result is low yields per hectare and a low volume wine production that is growing in international recognition for its high quality. Manolesakis has 62 acres and uses French oak barrels of 225 liters for his red wines replacing them every three years.