About Us

George Spiliadis

founder


Cava Spiliadis was created from George’s desire to make the “new generation” of premium Greek wines available to open minded wine seekers. After success in the U.S and Canada, the Cava Spiliadis portfolio is now available in the United Kingdom.

George’s select group of wine growers share a passion for excellence that extends from the vineyard to the winery to the bottle. The Cava Spiliadis portfolio offers a range of premium wines created from the distinctive, indigenous grapes of Greece, as well as some blended with international grape varieties and wines made from 100% international grape varieties grown in Greece.

The portfolio has received accolades from Wine and Spirits, Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Jancis Robinson, Wine Advocate, Decanter and more. Cava Spiliadis wines have been featured at the James Beard Awards VIP dinner, Wine Spectator top 200 TourWine & Spirits Top 100 awards and have been in demand at film premieres and high profile entertainment industry events in the US and Canada.

The Cava Spiliadis portfolio features wine makers dedicated to certified sustainable or organic viticulture. With no pesticides, herbicides or chemicals in the vineyards, the vines produce better, more expressive fruit which speak eloquently of their terroirs and grape varieties.

The Milos Group, with restaurants in Montreal, New York, Las Vegas, Miami, Athens and London has successfully elevated the status of Greek cuisine internationally and has won awards and recognition from Wine Spectator, Gourmet, GQ and more. Milos has been satisfying guests for over 30 years. That being said, George says,“There is still something missing, and that’s recognition for the wines. Their names may be hard to pronounce but it’s what’s in the glass that counts. They are world-class and great discoveries for every wine enthusiast.”

Jennifer Roman

chief marketing officer

Jennifer has spent 25 incredible years advising, creating and implementing marketing, promotion, brand extension and positioning strategies and events for national and international clients.

She cut her teeth in radio and left her mark on the Canadian promotion front as Director of National promotion at CHUM, designing and implementing corporate promotions and events across 28 radio stations and a satellite network. She has spent the last fifteen years as a consultant to a wide variety of clients and industries who rely on her for her expertise in marketing, strategic vision, design and implementation, unique and turnkey special event creation, seamless connection and coordination abilities and creative copy writing.

She is respected for her ability to listen, design and execute according to her clients' bottom line objectives and development goals. Her vast network of national and international personal, corporate and industry contacts facilitates seamless  project management wherever a client's requirements should lead.

Andreas Zinelis

US + UK Portfolio Manager


Born in Los Angeles, California and raised in Athens Greece. Andreas studied Biology and International Relations at UC Irvine and although they are two very different realms of study they could not have worked out better for what he does today. Andreas worked as a sommelier/wine director for close to 10 years in New York, Los Angeles and Athens, Greece.

In the process he also became a certified sommelier and finished his Grand Diplome at the French Culinary Institute, specializing in food and wine pairings and joining the team as Portfolio Manager for Cava Spiliadis Wine Imports. Today, Andreas manages all Sales and Business Development for the company, spending time educating and expanding markets throughout the US and in the UK. Most recently Andreas completed his Diploma with the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) and is a Master of Wine candidate.

The science and enjoyment behind wine, and interacting with people from all over the world have always been his dream and he could not be happier doing this. In his free time he cooks, travels, studies and enjoys time with his wife.

Randi Schaffer

sales coordinator

Tastes, writes, and speaks about wine every chance she gets. Randi started her career upon graduation in finance, and worked her way up the corporate ladder for one of America’s largest banks before catching the wine bug.

After discovering her passion for wine there was no looking back, she studied at the International Wine Center achieving her Level 3 Award in Wine in 2017. She is eager to enter the Wine and Spirits Education Trust diploma course in 2018, with high aspirations of becoming a Master of Wine.

During her transformative period she worked in retail, and production. When Randi is not in New York City, you can find her in her families’ small vineyard in New Jersey, tending meticulously to her old native vines. After working at a 53 acre estate winery that practices sustainable farming, Randi is a strong believer in the phrase ‘great wine is grown not made.’