The vineyards of Anchialos

South of the city of Volos, on the coastal terroirs overlooking Pagasitikos Gulf in Thessalia (Thessaly), the most widespread, Greek white cultivar, Roditis, is planted in deep, limey-clayey soil. Most of the vines are traditionally trained into tall-trunk goblets, while more recent plantings are trained in a linear manner. The Roditis clone cultivated in the vineyards of Anchialos differs from the traditional Roditis since, when fully mature, it does not acquire the variety’s characteristic blush color and is known as “green Roditis.”  A handful of acres planted with Savvatiano complete the vine profile of  the vineyards of Anchialos. To the northwest of Anchialos, in the Tyrnavos area of Larissa district, the local white cultivar Batiki yields table wines, Retsina and distillates. Roditis and Muscat de Hambourg are also planted in linear vineyards on smooth terrain.