Winemaking Regions
Epirus & Ionian Islands




EPIRUS

Epirus is the smallest, less inhabited, and mostly rouged region of Greece. Only about a fifth of it is not mountainous and the earth is mostly calcareous. The climate differs from west to east due to the varying morphology. The towns of Zitsa and Metsovo are westwards and eastwards of Ioannina at elevations of 600 and 1,100 meters respectively. Despite the fact that there has been a large immigration to the south, this region has continued to produce commendable wines. During the past 30 years in the area of Metsovo there has been considerable reconstruction of wine production with Cabernet Sauvignon plantings, due to the help of the native Averoff family.


Zitsa: The area received the appellation of origin designation in 1971 and the wines call for the Debina variety. A variety fairly unique to the area, which is vinified with other red varieties in the area to produce dry and sparkling rose wines which are usually locally marketed. The vineyards are arranged on sloping grounds with ample drainage. In all there are about 400 hectares of vineyards in Zitsa and the surrounding areas.

PRODUCERS OF V.Q.P.R.D.
Region Producers Local Winery Telephone

Zitsa CAVINO NO (01)3477353
Co-op of Ioannina YES (0651)70961
Monastiri Zitsa

 

PRODUCERS OF VIN DE PAYS & TABLE WINE
Producers Local Winery Telephone

Co-op of Ioannina YES (0651)70961
Katogi Winery YES (01)3642419
Monastiri Zitsa --

 

 


IONIAN ISLANDS

Zakinthos: The island's terrain is mountainous with small fertile plains and there is plenty of rainfall throughout the year. The most popular grapes here are Skiadopoulo, Pavlos and Goustoulidi. This last one is used to produce a traditional wine called Verdea. The name is derived from the Italian word "verde" which means green. The reason for this is that the grapes are picked early in the summer and the wine produced has a greenish hue and is acid.

Cephalonia: It is a mountainous island with rich vegetation and marked contrasts in landscape. There are about 300 hectares of Robola on limestone earth at an altitude of 250 - 800 meters. The three varieties which comprise the appellation of origin are Robola, white Muscat and Mavrodaphne. However, one can also find Tsaoussi, Kozaniti and Perachoritiko. There have been and currently are commendable attempts at retaining the islands brilliant history of winemaking.

Corfu: The island is dominated by two mountains which divide it into three parts. In the north there are small verdant valleys with red varieties dominating in the vineyards. The central part, the most important, is drowned in vegetation, thickly wooded hillsides and small fertile plains. The narrow southern section is flatter and white grape varieties are present. There are about 1,800 hectares of white Kakotrigis, red Petrokorithos, Robola, Mavrodaphne and Muscat.

Appellation of Origin of Superior Quality
(OPAP)

Robola Cephalinias White Dry Robola

 

Controlled Appellation of   Origin
(OPE)

Muscat Cephalinias White Sweet Muscat
Muscat Cephalinias Red Sweet Mavrodaphne

 

PRODUCERS OF V.Q.P.R.D.
Variety Producer Local Winery Telephone

Robolla Calligas YES (01)9834603
Co-op. of Cephalonia YES (0671)86301
Manzavino YES

 

PRODUCERS OF VIN DE PAYS & TABLE WINE
Producers Local Winery Telephone

Calligas YES (01)9834603
Comoutos YES
Co-op. of Cephalonia YES (0671)86301
Co-op. of Lefkada YES (0645)22319
Co-op. of Zakinthos YES (0695)22282
Gentilini YES
Goulis YES (0663)41840
Livadiotis YES (0661)22842
Logothetis YES (0645)24164
Manzavino YES
Metaxas YES (0671)81292
Solomos YES (0695)28671
Theotokis YES (0661)35288
Vasilakis YES (0661)52440
Voultsou YES (0695)61547

 



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