Until 1980, the largest proportion of wine people consumed came from Attica, the greatest wine production area in Greece. Using the omnipresent Savatiano grape, large companies like Cambas and Kourtakis, as well as individual winemakers, produced tones of wine, paying little attention to quality. Twenty years later, it seemed that Attica's retsina and bulk wine began to extinct.
The next generation of wine makers studied abroad and turned many family presses into state-of-the-art wineries. With modern equipment, oenological know-how and their passion for the art of wine, they produced wines that could compete, at least in terms of taste, with the most popular château.
In addition, wine owners began to compete with their French counterparts by opening their wineries to visitors. And even though a wine tour in Attica may not be as glamorous as one in Bordeaux of France, it is definitely entertaining, enlightening and, of course, less expensive.
Wineries in the area to visit: Château Kaniaris, Vassilis Panagiotou, Alagiannis Winery, Costa Lazaridi, Nikolou Winery, Domaine Evinos, Kellari Papachristou, Domaine Evharis, Mylonas Winery, Anagnostou Winery, Zahaios Winery, Megapanos Winery, Domaine Vassiliou, Domaine Papagiannakos, Anastasia Fragou Winery, Kokotos Estate, Roxane Matsa Estate, Pyrgos Vasilissis, Markou Winery.
Varieties of grapes: Savatiano, Roditis, Malagouzia, Assyrtiko, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Grenache Rouge.
PGO (Protected Geographical Origin) wines: not applicable
PGI (Protected Geographical Indication)
Plagies Kitherona (Attiki, Viotia), Plagies Parnithas (Attiki, Viotia), Ritsonas Avlidas (Evia), Anavisou, Koropiou, Markopoulou, Peanias (Attikis), Pallinis, Vilitsa, Spaton, Iliou, Geranion (Attikis), Plagies Pentelikou (Attikis), Retsina (Attikis, Messogion, Koropiou, Markopoulou, Megaron, Peanias, Palinis, Pikermiou, Spaton
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Georga family Attica
Domaine Evharis Attica
Roxani Matsa Estate Attica
Kellari Papachristou Attica
Panagiotou Vasilis Attica
Domaine Evinos Attica
Strofilia Anavyssos Attica
ktima Kokotou Stamata
Domaine Costa Lazaridi