THE BEST WINERIES IN NORTHERN GREECE 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

Available from March to June & September to November.

Day 1 – THESSALONIKI

After arrival at Thessaloniki airport, the unique wine tourism experience in Greece begins with a meeting with a Greek wine expert and a transfer to one of the city’s hotels. A short briefing on the itinerary will be followed by an introduction to the Greek vineyard and its wines, for a first, theoretical approach. Moving on from theory to practice we will have an afternoon tasting of wines from the area of Macedonia, accompanied by cheese and cold cuts. The area of Macedonia and Thrace has been known since antiquity for their vineyards and their wine production. In the north-west of the area the Xinomavro variety is dominant, mainly for the production of red wines with very good aging potential, but also for white and sparkling ones. Macedonia however is also home for some of the most beautiful wineries of the country, and at the same time a leading force in the cultivation of international and indigenous grape varieties.

Day 2 – THESSALONIKI

After breakfast we will visit the archaeological museum of Thessaloniki, with exhibits of excavations from the city’s wider area, Macedonia in general and also from the royal tombs of Vergina. Next visit is to one of the top Greek wineries, Domaine Gerovassiliou in Epanomi village, which hosts the most important wine museum of Greece and the largest collections of corkscrews in the world. His modern wines are produced with grapes from sustainable vineyards. The wine tasting will be followed by a light meal. On our way to Chalkidiki we visit a historic estate, Domaine Porto Carras next to the high standards hotel resort with excellent facilities for visitors. The estate’s vineyard is one of the largest in Greece and is home for native and international vine varieties. After the wine tasting and the meal, we will return to Thessaloniki and enjoy dinner at a city restaurant accompanied by local wines.

Day 3 – THESSALONIKI – GOUMENISSA – NAOUSSA

After breakfast departure for the wine region of Goumenissa where the variety Xinomavro is mixed with Negoska, producing wines of milder tannins. Visit Domaine Tatsi for tasting of its wines. The two brothers, both winemakers, have adopted many “alternative” methods, both in the cultivation of grape (ex. biodynamic vine cultivation) and in wine making ( such as the use of indigenous yeasts) tending towards “natural” wines. After that we continue the trip to Naoussa, one of the most important wine regions of Greece and the Mecca of Xinomavro, the second of the two most important red vine varieties of Greece.We visit the Kir Yianni winery for wine tasting and a meal. Here Xinomavro but also native grape varieties meet technology, without forgetting tradition for production of modern Greek wines. Dinner and overnight in Naoussa, accompanied by local wines.

Day 4 – NAOUSSA – AMYNTEO – VEROIA

After breakfast departure for Amynteo, the second area where Xinomavro on its own gives excellent results. Visit Alpha Estate, that has one of the most modern and well-designed vineyards of Greece and the wine tasting will be a special wine experience. Lunch at the ouzo-restaurant Naoumidis which serves local dishes, for a unique taste contact with the Macedonian delicacies, mainly from the area, from excellent raw materials and special recipes. Next visit is Domaine Karanikas next to lake Vegoritida, where the wine tasting includes one of the best sparkling wines of Greece. Made of 100% Xinomavro, it will demonstrate the possibilities of this multidimensional variety in that type of wine as well. Departure from Vergina and a visit to one of the most important archaeological areas of the world. There, at the site of the ancient Aigai, the Macedonian royal tombs were found including that of King Philippe II, father of Alexander the Great (according to professor of archeology Manolis Andronikos, who lead the excavations). On to Veroia for dinner and overnight stay at a hotel of this beautiful city, where natural springs and vegetation make the landscape unique.

Day 5 – VEROIA – THESSALONIKI

Breakfast at the hotel and departure for Thessaloniki airport.