Wines of North Greece

ONE OF THE MOST PRIVILEGED & DYNAMIC VINE-GROWING REGIONS IN THE COUNTRY

North Greece is one of the most privileged and dynamic vine-growing regions in the country. It is a large area which extends from the Ioanian Sea in the West to the River Evros in the East, and from the northern borders of the country with Albania, FYROM and Bulgaria down to Mount Olympus in Central Greece. The history and tradition of vine-growing and wine in this region have their roots in ancient times. On Olympus, the mythical mountain, the Gods enjoyed drinking Nectar, far from the eyes of mortals. According to mythology, on the lush green slopes of Mount Vermion, in Naoussa, lived Semele, mother of Dionysus – the God of vine and wine – who roamed around the foothills of Mount Pangeon in Drama. In the incredible mosaic floor of an ancient villa at Pella, the God Dionysus is depicted riding on a panther. Furthermore, Odysseus got the Cyclops Polyphemus drunk on smooth, fragrant wine from Maronia in Thrace.

The company Wines of North Greece, with its prominent winery members, operates in this region, with its thousand-year vine and wine tradition. Small family-run wineries, modern units equipped with the latest technology, as well as some of the largest winemaking companies in the country are located here, producing their wines and inviting us to discover them. And if every glass of wine tells a story about the place and the people who created it, North Greece and its people have many pleasant surprises in store for us.

Wine Roads of Northern Greece

The WINE ROADS OF NORTHERN GREECE, one of the signature activities of the Wines of North Greece, is an alternative tourism intiative quite unlike anything else in the country and an innovative way for any visitor, Greek or foreign, to discover wineries of northern Greece that are open to visitors while having the opportunity to explore the lush vine-growing areas of this part of Greece and experience a host of local cultural activities.

The network of the Wine Roads of Northern Greece has grown to include select hotels, restaurants, local producers and companies that provide nature and outdoor activities, in order to create a framework for the support of Greek cultural and gastronomic traditions. With a host of informative and entertaining events, the Wine Roads of Northern Greece continue to play a leading role in support of wine, a key element in Greek cultural traditions since ancient times.

Visitors to the vineyards in Northern Greece can experience a total of 8 different routes, beginning in Mt Olympus, home of the ancient Greek gods, continuing north to the Aegean playground of Halkidiki, the Dionysian heartland of Mt Pangaio and ending at the far north eastern region of Thrace.

Wines of North Greece PROFILE

The`Wines of North Greece` Association was created in 1993 in Thessaloniki. Its goal is to support the viticultural and vinicultural traditions of northern Greece while giving local and foreign visitors the opportunity to enjoy our unique brand of hospitality. A total of 33 wineries have joined forces and agreed upon a set of common objectives.

• Boosting the image of the wines of the northern Greek vineyards while promoting them at home and abroad.

• Offering visitors a complete wine tourism experience in the vineyards and around the beautiful countryside of Northern Greece.

• Supporting Greece`s cultural heritage by featuring grape growing and winemaking as well as local cultural activities.

• Creating a general set of rules governing the relationships between growers, winemakers and wine merchants, with the goal of optimising cooperation between the members, reaching out to consumers while improving the quality of both our products and services.

Local authorities, cultural organisations, local enterprises and other associations are actively involved in the activities related to the above objectives. These activities include creating signage for tourists, creating folklore museums focused on the Greek viticultural tradition, winemaking and local gastronomy, publishing books and organizing cultural events. Finally, all these activities are organised in conjunction with local festivals while incorporating local history, customs and traditions. The Wines of North Greece plan to undertake the following projects and activities:

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