No wonder wine-making in Halkidiki is a tradition. Viticulture is an art in such a region blessed with a perfect climate and washed by the Aegean Sea.
Wine-Making in Halkidiki
Some of the best Greek wines are produced in Halkidiki Greece. This comes as no surprise. Wine-making in Halkidiki is a tradition that goes back a long time.
The coastline, the mountainous area, the excellent climate, and the Aegean breeze all pinpoint the exceptional conditions for viticulture. And so, the wine varieties are plenty and their taste is unique.
Why Halkidiki is perfect for wine-making
Halkidiki is famous for its beaches, but also its mountainous landscape. The climate is warm and dry, and there’s also moisture due to the Aegean Sea. All such elements create the perfect conditions for wine-making.
The vineyards spread from the central Halkidiki to the sea and are the centerpieces of most parts of Mount Athos.
The route of wine in Halkidiki
Over the years, the villages of Ierissos (once known as Akanthos), Athitos, and Stageira (the birthplace of Aristotle) were known for their vineyards. Today, the route of wine in Halkidiki starts in Agios Pavlos, continues to Porto Carras, climbs to the hills of Arnea and goes all the way to Mount Athos.
Naturally, due to the variation of the terrain, each location produces a different wine variety.
- Xinomavro, Rhoditis, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sauvignon Blanc in Agios Pavlos.
- The dry climate combined with the sea moisture in Sithonia enables the production of 24 wine varieties – from Malagouzia and Assyrtiko to Limnio, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc.
- The combination of the sea breeze, sun, and mild climate on Mount Athos is perfect for wine varieties, like Rhoditis, Sauvignon Blanc, Grenache Rouge, Cabernet Sauvignon, and more. Mylopotamos is one of the finest Athonite wines, while it’s interesting to note that the monks use the local wine for the Holy Communion as well.