Born in 1956 (unfortunately a poor vintage in Europe), Harry
Karis''s first encounter with wine occurred when he played guitar
in a rock and roll band in the mid 70s, enjoying ''more or less''
good wine at a young age. In the early 80s, he opened a restaurant
with his wife Josi and became increasingly fascinated by the world
of fine wine. This was the beginning of a long and infinitely
pleasurable journey. A late-bloomer, Harry finished medical school
at the age of 40. Thanks to a certain degree of prosperity, he
began drinking more exclusive and rare wines, expanding his minded
and appreciating wines from all over the world, Bordeaux was his
first love. Mainly self-educated, with an inquisitive nature and a
drive to learn, Harry studied almost every possible wine-related
subject. At the end of the 1990s, Harry became more focused on
quality Southern Rhone wines, especially Châteauneuf-du-Pape. He
greatly appreciated these wines with different personalities and
styles, but all sharing a lush, exciting and very exuberant
quality. This led to a completely different, more hedonistic
approach to wine drinking rather than a merely analytical one.
Harry''s instinctive eagerness motivated him to delve deeper into
all aspects of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.