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It was in 2004 when the idea of CINQUE WINE BAR was born; during a business trip to Friuli we fell in love with wine. Carried away by that seductive wine experience that had stimulated our five senses in a most profound way, the name CINQUE (“five” in Italian) was a homage to that life-changing event.
Almost a decade later, in 2012, the first CINQUE WINE BAR opened its doors; it was just 7m² at our hometown Lamia in Central Greece. In the meantime, graduating from the American Farm School in Thessaloniki, our son Nikitas’ next destination was Athens and the University of West Attica for studying oenology.
So moving to Athens became a family project, almost a year later, in 2015. We found a beautiful place for our new wine bar at Psiri, the celebrated location at the historical center of the capital. Inspired by everything around us -the history, the heritage, the culture, the contemporary urban vibe-, we made the choice to focus solely on Greek wines this time. Of course we kept the name CINQUE as that revelatory Friuli moment was so close to our heart.
Our passion and restless spirit created a second CINQUE in 2017; a WINE & DELI BAR at Voreou street, again in the Athenian center. True to our philosophy, it was all about a cosy, open-hearted, homefeel place for winelovers all over the world.
Our story continued. In 2018 Mykonos embraced our first pop-up SUMMER CINQUE; And what a summer that had been, full of moments and friendships we will always cherish.
In 2021 it was time for yet another CINQUE endeavour. Our third wine bar was opened at a beautiful neighborhood in Marousi, a northern suburb of Athens.
19 years since Friuli and three (plus a pop-up) CINQUEs later, we keep dreaming and brainstorming, seeking for new ideas. Currently we are working on introducing CINQUE branded Greek wine from native grapes grown on selected local vineyards that will be available to all our wine bars.
After all, that is what we love to do. Sharing our passion, our curiosity, our knowledge for Greek wine with winelovers from all over the world. Bringing together people over a glass of Greek wine. Being the best hosts and co-travelers we could possibly be in this fascinating journey. Offering top quality and a big smile in everything we do. In the most feelgood, generous, unpretentious way – the CINQUE way.