The Union of Vinicultural Cooperatives of Samos (EOSS) was founded in 1934 with the participation of 26 local cooperatives representing all of the wine growers on the island.
From the outset, EOSS was in a position to undertake the substantive task of protecting the rights of wine growers in their dealings with wine merchants, since it functions as a trade union.
Since its foundation, EOSS has been harvesting grapes and crafting wine in two wineries located in the areas of Malagari and Karlovassi, respectively. From the wineries, the union distributes its bulk or bottled wine to the rest of Greece and throughout the world.
Exports constitute a significant part of EOSS business activities and cover 80% of the approximately 7,000 tons of wine the Union produces annually. France alone imports 60% of the wine produced on the island of Samos, while other countries that also import large quantities of Samos wines are England, Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, the USA, Italy, Canada, the Netherlands, Singapore, Sweden, Finland, Scandinavian countries in general and, quite recently, Far East countries.
Through practices that are considered unique by Greek standards, the Union of Vinicultural Cooperatives of Samos ensures the fairness of revenues rendered to its grape growers and promotes the island of Samos the world over. All of the Union's efforts begin with the wine grape only to come back full circle to the wine growers that lovingly cultivate it.
EOSS aims at making its name synonymous with products and services that are stamped by excellence and constancy of quality. Its basic goal is to strengthen its position by making its products instantly recognizable and increasing its share in the global wine market, as well as by steadily claiming a larger share of it. By means of this goal, not only will EOSS continue on an upward course, it will also be able to secure prices that are both fair and worthy of the grapes grown by its wine growers.
MEMBERS - BOARD OF DIRECTORS
As specified in the charter, members of the Union of Vinicultural Cooperatives of Samos are the existing Local (Village) Cooperatives of the Samos Prefecture that were founded or will be founded according to the provisions of M.L. 6085/1934. Thus, there are 2,847 individual grape growers who belong to the various village cooperatives. About 40 of them practice certified organic viticulture.
Each Vinicultural Cooperative is represented within the Union by one to five elected representatives. Their number depends on the amount of the grape harvest delivered to the Union by the actual members of each Vinicultural Cooperative during the most recent three-year period. A harvest of 100,000 kgs gives a cooperative the right to elect one representative to the Union, a harvest between 100,101 and 200,000 kgs ensures a cooperative two delegates to represent them in the Union and so forth, with five being the maximum number of representatives a Cooperative may elect to the Union.
Representatives speak for their own Cooperative each, on all matters relating to the Union and within the framework of the decisions made by the General Assembly and the Board of Directors of the Cooperative they represent. Thus, all Union members are active participants in Union General Assemblies since they are ably represented. Such participation ensures that members have a say in electing the Union Board members who, in turn, elect the EOSS chairman. Once or twice a year, the Board reports to the General Assembly which is the supreme Executive Branch of the Union.
The current management structure of EOSS is as follows:
Chairman of the board: Ioannis Skoutas
General Manager : Ilias Kariotoglou
EOSS employs 80 people.