EVA distillery was founded in 1995, in Mytilene, by the Patrikopoulos brothers. The development of the company is based on the family’s love and experience in the food and beverage industry, whose history begins in Pergamon, Asia Minor, with oriental recipes, flavours and raw materials. Today, the third generation continues dynamically, delicately balancing tradition and modern technology.
The distillery employs state-of-the-art copper stills and bottling machines, and houses a well-equipped laboratory as well as the Ouzo Museum. An integral part of the successful development of the company is the experienced staff and network of EVA partners that ensure the optimal production, bottling, storage, distribution and export process certified by the ISO Quality Management System: 22000 and programme HACCP.
By constantly building the identity of its products, EVA is a dynamic brand name in the distillation industry and is among the top ten fastest growing in the country. The strong distribution network of EVA consistently supports its products in Greece and in 22 countries around the world. The ouzo and liqueur range can be found in large retail and wholesale networks and at the Hellenic Duty Free shops.
Ouzo is a living organism that evolves over time. On the premises of “EVA”, one corner is designated to the history of the drink, Lesvos always perceived as a key pillar of its culture. The museum hosted within, awakens memories from times long gone and not only gives information about how previous generations produced ouzo, but also how they enjoyed it. There is the life-size replica of a typical Mitilenian in his traditional dress, enjoying an ouzo flanked by two old stills from the village of Antissa and machinery used at different stages of the ouzo production, along with additional traditional items of the time.
There is a fridge dating back to the early 1900 and a traditional wine press whose origin was lost sometime in the 19th century. In addition, through a large collection of bottles, the museum captures the spectrum of nearly all distillery companies of Lesvos. At the back of the museum there is a beautifully designed space, representing a typical cafe of the 1930s with tables and chairs, inviting you to get to know and love the products through ouzo tasting.
If you want to come close to ouzo production and its secrets, look for the EVA Museum. In a space created with much care, you will be able to see the revival of Greece’s national spirit distillery, by the usage of old alembics. Learn about the evolution of ouzo through time and meet Lesvos through a mystical journey, accompanied by the scent of aniss. A theatrical mimic of the old Mytilene resident, wearing his traditional island clothes, enjoying his ouzo and sourrounded by old alembics, as well as machinery appropriate for other phases of ouzo production and other useful items, will certainly keep you interested. Ask for the impressive fridge coming from the early 20th century, as well as the grape press, dating back a century ago. You can also taste the distillery’s unique spirits and try the mastique liqueur: classic and with lemon, the only one produced in this way.