PGI Macedonia

The PGI Macedonia zone in northern, established in 1989 comprises the following 13 districts: Grevena, Drama, Imathia, Thessaloniki, Kavala, Kastoria, Kilkis, Kozani, Pella, Pieria, Serres, Florina, Halkidiki. Administratively they belong to three separate regions that constitute Macedonia, but in terms of viticulture they define the integrated and autonomous region of Macedonia which is the most northern and geographically extended viticultural region of Greece.

The zone of PGI Macedonia, as it defines the biggest part of the land borders of Greece, was the first region that suffered damages from phylloxera. But it was also the first that reconstituted its vineyard. Most of its vineyards initially were in the central and western parts, but today Macedonia is developed in terms of viticulture from one end to the other. Macedonian vineyards span a range of geographical longitude of about 4 degrees, so the big variety and differentiation with regard to the soil and varieties is not surprising but the climate is generally colder than other regions of Greece. There are, however, significant common characteristics, such as the dominance of the red variety Xinomavro and the tradition of producing medium dry or medium sweet wines, mainly reds. The wines of PGI Macedonia are produced by 20 wineries within the zone and by two more outside it –the required joint ventures. The characteristic varieties of Macedonia Zoumiatiko, Roditis, Lemnio, Moschomavro and Xinomavro have a special presence in these wines among many other local and foreign varieties.

Wine types:

  • Dry, medium dry, medium sweet white
  • Dry, medium dry, medium sweet rosé
  • Dry, medium dry, medium sweet red