Metaxa is a Greek brandy invented by Spyros Metaxas in 1888. It is a blend of brandy, spices, and wine, the wine being absent from some of the most expensive editions of the product precisely in order to give the beverage a somewhat “drier” taste. It is exported to over 60 countries and was the first liquor consumed in space. The founder of the distillery was Spyros Metaxas, born on Euboia island.
The first Metaxa Grande Fine Collector’s Edition was created by Greek designer Rodanthi Senduka, who has conceived, among other things, the emblem of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.
Spyros Metaxas created the first brandy and was involved in the founding of the first distillation facility in 1888, a little over 50 years after the Greek War of Independence. The business was soon extended to include new units in Istanbul and Odessa. In 1900, the first exports to the United States took place and the beverage became known as "the flying brandy".
After the death of Metaxas, his sons carried on his work. Metaxa is the only Greek industry to have survived both world wars. In 1968, a new factory was built in the Athenian suburb of Kifissia. The label features a Salaminoma (Salamina warrior), a figure of the Ancient Greek trireme which was carved on a coin of the era found during the excavations of the first factory in Piraeus in 1888. Metaxa has won several gold medals at international competitions, which are often shown on many of its bottles.