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 late-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 2016, the Karabotses hired Joseph Rienzi. Joe graduated from Monmouth University with a Bachelor's degree in Marketing and Management and a Master's degree in Finance. After a few years in the working world, Joe decided to change course and pursue his passions and interests. Lucky for Karamoor, his passions and interests involve wine and the growing of grapes! Joe began with us as an assistant in the vineyard where he learned the ropes and ultimately decided he wanted to go get his Viticulture degree (so now he has like 18 degrees). He completed his Viticulture and Enology degree at Harrisburg Area Community College and went from an assistant, to Karamoor's Viticulturist and Vineyard Manager. Joe is tasked with ensuring we grow the highest quality estate grown Pennsylvania grapes in conjunction with the daily operations and cultural practices involved with Karamoor Estate’s vineyard.
Sales & Marketing:
In 2018, the Karabotses brought on Cheri Morrison, a serial entrepreneur as a Sales and Marketing Specialist. Cheri holds a degree in Culinary Arts from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. She has been an integral member of numerous successful, start up businesses including restaurants, nightclubs, corporate food service programs, catering, event planning and manufacturing. Cheri established her own company, Culinary Crossing in 1989, with the renovation of the historic Gwynedd Valley Train Station. Culinary Crossing quickly became acclaimed for its fresh, high quality foods for dining in, grab and go, heat and eat and catered events. Cheri’s talents were discovered by the Genuardi family, who contracted Culinary Crossing, to manufacture fresh, high quality soups and prepared foods for the entire Genuardi’s supermarket chain. She continued to build a customer base with other grocery chains, franchise and foodservice accounts throughout the eastern seaboard, manufacturing, packaging and distributing thousands of gallons of product a week. She designed the first stand up, flexible, hot-fill retail pouches in the United States. After twenty-three years, Cheri sold her company and started her own consulting company. Her experience in management, marketing, sales, efficient layout and design and financial acumen, have benefited businesses of all types. Her passion for the hospitality, food & beverage industries has also led her to numerous philanthropic activities, holding cooking classes, demonstrations and packaging products to raise funds for organizations including: the Ronald McDonald House, Gift of Life, CHOP, the YMCA and the Bruce Montgomery Foundation for the Arts.
In July of 2018, Karamoor Estate welcomed the return of Victor Ykoruk. Victor was the first independent sales consultant employed by Karamoor in 2012. The foundation Victor helped build, was instrumental in the development of Karamoor’s brand and reputation for superior quality wines in Pennsylvania. He was successful in placing Karamoor’s wines in very prestigious accounts as well as many Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores.
Victor began his career in the foodservice industry focused on casual dining. He worked his way up at TGIFriday’s and then onto the opening team for Famous Dave’s restaurants. As Victor gained experience, he secured a position with Flik International, as the Director of Food Services at Merck & Co in West Point, PA. While working in the food service, he studied wines and the wine industry, areas he had a great interest, specifically wines local to Pennsylvania. Victor earned recognition for his vocal support of Pennsylvania’s local wine scene and obtained a part time sales position with Chaddsford Winery and its founder, Eric Miller. In 2008 - 2012, Victor launched his own website; “VinoVic”, dedicated to supporting & promoting Pennsylvania’s local wine scene. In those four years, VinoVic gained Victor much acclaim, which led to opportunities with Newman Wine & Spirits (Jonathan Newman) and ViVino Selections. In 2015, Victor joined Majestic Wine & Spirits in Philadelphia. This experience proved to be most valuable as his relationship building & network of out of state contacts grew significantly. He also started training as a professional Sommelier, completing level one with The Court of Master Sommeliers.
Victor brings this experience and network back with him to Karamoor Estate. With his involvement in the food and beverage industries, Victor understands good placement, price points and how they can effectively build a winning menu. Victor, as Brand Ambassador for Karamoor Estate, will focus on building the brand and sales beyond the borders of Pennsylvania.
Having twin boys with autism, Victor's charitable contributions include speaking to parents with newly diagnosed children at CHOP. He is also very involved with the Eagles Autism Challenge.