The route continuous towards the center of Thrace, Rodopi, with Maroneia and the Homeric city of Ismaros, the homeland of wine. According to Homer, the wine that Odysseus gave to Cyclop Polyphemus and then blinded him came from Ismaros.
The wine route continues to the coastal town of Alexandroupolis, then up to Orestiada. The newly planted vineyards are the proof of the residents’ effort to revive and continue the ancient wine-making tradition. The Greek varieties cultivated are mainly Agiorgitiko, Assyrtiko, Malagouzia and Limnio.
Well known international varieties such as Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc are also cultivated. In addition, there are distilleries producing excellent ouzo and tsipouro.
Wineries to visit: Domaine Michaelidi, Gennima Psihis-Manolesakis Estate, Ktima Biblia Chora, Château Nico Lazaridi, Oenogenesis Winery, Pavlidis Estate, Domaine Costa Lazaridi, Wine Art Estate.
Grapes to use:
Thrace Asyrtiko, Malagousia, Moschato, Mavroudi, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, mount Paggaio Asyrtiko, Roditis, Limnio,Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Sémillon, Ugni Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah Drama Asyrtiko, Roditis,Limnio, Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, Ugni Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah
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Chateau Nico Lazaridi
Domaine Costa Lazaridi
Wine Art Estate