Nick and Athena Karabots have called Karamoor Farm home since the early 1970s. Both are first generation Greeks whom have a deep love for their family, philanthropy, and Karamoor Farm. Karamoor Estate Wines allows them to share a piece of their home in every bottle; they hope you enjoy!
The Karabotses main businesses are in the printing and publishing arena, so, many people want to know why they began a winery. In the mid-seventies, the Karabotses bought Brookside Farm and eventually the adjacent Oxmoore Estate, as well as a few other pieces of property. The Karabotses combined the properties and renamed them as Karamoor Farm, which is a combination of the Karabotses last name and the second half of Oxmoore (there is also a loose translation to the Greek "hara mou", meaning "my joy", which also applies). Karamoor's land had been farmed for hundreds of years (documented prior to the days of William Penn) and the Karabotses continued that tradition, growing all types of crops, primarily hays and grains for farm animals.
Then, in 2003, Nick and Athena decided that they wanted to be able to enjoy the crops that grew on the land of their beloved home, and began the planning process to replace the existing crops with vineyards. The symmetry and clean lines of vineyards were beautiful to them, and they had always had a great appreciation for wine. They hired Lucie Morton, a top viticulturist in the United States, who did soil and exposure studies to decide what varietals could be planted and on what areas of the farm. The plan was to plant all vinifera varieties (varieties derived from European grapes); by the Karabotses desire, they settled on Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Petit Verdot. The first 12 acres went in the ground in 2006, followed by an additional 5 acres in 2008 and an additional 10 in 2013.
In 2012, the Karabotses hired Kevin Robinson. Kevin graduated from University of California at Davis with a Bachelor's Degree in Fermentation Science. Post-graduation, Kevin went on to make wine in California for 26 years; some of his most notable experiences include an 8 year stint as head winemaker in Napa Valley at Rutherford Hill and a 10 year stint in Lake County, California at Brassfield Estate. During his time in California, Kevin worked alongside winemaking superstars like David Ramey, Anthony Terlato, and Merry Edwards, just to name a few.
Kevin has brought his vast winemaking knowledge and experience to Karamoor Estate Vineyard & Winery and has made Karamoor's award winning vintages from 2012 on. Kevin's non-intervention style of winemaking highlights the characteristics of the fruit and integrates soft tannins, making for a delicious wine. His style allows the wines to be consumed shortly after bottling while still having the ability to cellar age for years to come.
In 2014, the Karabotses hired Casey O'Neill. Casey graduated from Oregon State with a Bachelor's Degree in Viticulture & Enology and a minor in Business. Prior to joining Karamoor, most of Casey’s experience came from the internships that she obtained during her four years of college. She spent time learning from Patty Skinks of the Oregon Research Wine Institute, Laurent Deluc (French Researcher) of Oregon State, James Osborn, who is a member of the Oregon Wine Research Institute as an Enology Extension Specialist and part of the Australian Society of Viticulture, and most recently, Lucie Morton.
Casey is responsible for all grape cultivating; her largest vineyard project for Karamoor thus far was a five acre vine replant where she, Kevin, and Lucie decided the vinifera varieties that would be replanted.
The Sales & Marketing Team:
In 2012, the Karabotses brought their granddaughter, Alecia Duloc, to the team, who manages the Sales & Marketing department of Karamoor Estate. Alecia graduated from the University of Delaware with a major in Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management. Following her graduation in 2007, Alecia joined the Marriott Hotels & Resorts Management Program in New York City. After 2 years with Marriott, she moved on to Jericho National Golf Club in New Hope, PA, where she ran the Food and Beverage Department and ultimately found her niche in sales & marketing.
Karamoor Estate welcomed Sales Associate, Shaina McAndrews, to the team in June of 2016. Shaina has a history in sales and she brings that skill set to Karamoor. Shaina is responsible for building new relationships with wholesalers, restaurants & retail outlets. She handles all off-site staff trainings, attends wine dinners, and keeps Karamoor wines in the mouths of top Sommeliers!