The story of Kantina Mani

Fatjon Mani

Fatjon

Fatjon Mani is the owner of Kantina Mani and the 2,2 hectares of vineyard that surround it. He was born in 1981 in the village of Gruemirë where his father Tahir Man owned a large piece of land. Much of his family still lives nearby. Fatjon lived in Italy, England and Holland and now settled with his wife Daniela and mother in Shkoder.

Fatjon and his father around 1985
The vineyard
Kantina with stairs down to wine cellar

In 2012 Fatjon created his vineyard. He planted 7500 grape plants and built a well and an irrigation system. In the first years he made his wine and raki under very basic conditions in the garage of his sister.

Kantina Mani was built in 2020 with the help of Madoc, Bralte and Sander from Holland. A building was created from traditional materials such as chestnut wood. The rocks for the outside walls come from Fatjon’s old family house.

From the left: Madoc vd Vegte, Sander Niemeijer, Guusje Korthals Altes, Fatjon Mani

On 7 May 2021 Kantina Mani was officially opened by the Dutch Ambassador to Albania, Mrs G. Korthals Altes

Top floor guest room
Top floor overlooking the vineyard and mountains

chestnut beam roof
Entrance to the wine cellar