“Apokries” is the Greek word for carnival.
Come join us for a real carnival party night Greek-style at our shop φ(phi) at Rokko, Kobe!

– Come dressed in Costumes/Masks, like Halloween!

Not only kids, adults want to have some fun too! Maids, vampires, pirates… everybody is welcome. You can still participate even if not dressed, but… come on, be creative!

– Let’s dance: Greek dance, rock, salsa, samba… It is party time!

Wherever Greeks party, there is always dance. But, except from greek dances… hey, this is carnival, definitely samba and salsa. DO NOT MISS: Later, we will have the pleasure to watch Maya-chan dancing belly dance!

– Food, REALLY GOOD  FOOD! Guest Chef: Dominique Corby

Apart from the delicious greek food prepared by us and Maira-chan, the attraction of the night is, of course, the food prepared by the famous French Michelin chef  Dominique Corby, coming specially from Tokyo on this day, to party with us!


Exceptionally good Retsina wine, delicious Malagouzia and Cabernet-Merlot-Shyraz. For those who had enough of the alcohol, there is the delicious flavoured tea from the famous Ocharaka tea-shop at Kichijyouji, Tokyo. The owner and sommelier, Stephan Danton will be here with us that night!

So… what are you waiting for, come join us and let’s have fun!

March 9th (Sat.) 18:00 ~ late:-)

Adults: ¥3,000 incl. 2 glasses of delicious greek wine and one plate of lovely food. Additional food&wine available ¥500~

Kids: ¥1,000



Yahata-cho 4-9-27, Nada, Kobe 657-0051

just next to Hankyu Rokko station, south side

Tel/Fax: 078-805-3551 (on that day 090-6245-6413 or 090-4491-7668)





Greek exports are on the rise as wineries adapt to the economic crisis engulfing the country.

Gaia nemea

Gaia’s Nemea estate: ‘our products are niche’

  • Monday 28 May 2012
  • by Jane Anson
  • http://www.decanter.com/news/wine-news/530009/greek-exports-rise-despite-crisis

Since the beginning of the Greek crisis in October 2009, due largely to the recession in the domestic market, many wineries have been concentrating on exports.

This strategy has paid off: Greek wine exports in 2011 rose 7.5% compared to 2010. Until 2009, around 80% of Greek wine was sold within Greece itself.

‘Greek exports are on the rise according to latest data. This is a sign of optimism,’ Sotiris Ioannou, president of the Greek Interprofessional Organisation of Wine and Vine, told Decanter.com.

The Greek wine sector is supporting individual winemakers’ initiatives by a national wine marketing program of €7m funded by the EU, Ioannou said.

Ted Lelekas, a member of a think-tank advising the Greek wine board on initiatives to stimulate the industry, said he thought the crisis, although ‘difficult and challenging in the short term’ would ‘ultimately be good for Greek wine’ by forcing wineries to be more proactive in the market.

‘Firstly, the wineries become more extrovert, engaging more with social media, taking more interest in road-shows and competitions around the world. At the same time, the Greek wine body has put together a strategic plan spearheading the four indigenous grapes that best represent our terroir and heritage – Assyrtiko, Moschofilero, Agiorgitiko and Xinomavro.

‘We then actively choose the most suitable examples of each one to promote as ambassadors for the industry. This is perhaps the first time that the whole industry has worked together so effectively – and not just with the EU funding, but with wineries’ own funds.’

Yiannis Paraskevopoulos, owner of Gaia wines, winner of two Regional Trophies and a Gold Medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards, with 60% of the production exported, said one of the reasons for wine exports’ success was their quality.

‘Our products, by our very size, are niche, which means they have to be exceptional – and this is now being recognised internationally. At the same time, the banking sector’s ability to give loans is close to zero at this point, and if you are not a solid company, with solid economics, you will not survive.’

Vangelis Gerovassiliou, of Domaine Gerovassiliou (winner of one Gold and six Silver Medals at DWWA), has seen the direct impact of the domestic collapse.

‘Our winery is very well known in Greece, but our domestic wine range has lost between 20-50% of customers over the past few years. The Greek market is now focusing on cheaper wines, so we are looking overseas. Our exports to the UK, for example, have gone up 100% over the past year alone.’

Kobe Fiesta 2012

Kobe Fiesta 2012

We will be participating at the 5th Kobe Fiesta, Jun 3rd 2012.

From what I can see from the program, many famous chefs will be preparing food, many interesting small shops will be participating as well, so if you are free on June 3rd, don’t miss it! Details here(jap.).

A nice photo of a Kyoto Ryokan front

A nice photo of a Kyoto Ryokan front

On May 27 (Sun), Gefyra takes part at a marche in Kyoto, for the first time. Really looking forward to it. Please step by and say hi!

●Time: May 27,2012(Sun)  12:00~18:00

●Place: flowing KARASUMA

Read about the concept and other participants here (Jap.).