PGI Mount Athos

In the district of Halkidiki, in central Macedonia’s southern part, the PGI Mount Athos zone (est.1981) comprises the autonomous area of the monastic community of Mount Athos and the area of Ouranoupolis, in the Stagira Akanthou municipality. The vineyards must be planted at altitudes ranging from 10 to 400 meters. 

The
Mount Athos peninsula is the easternmost of Halkidiki’s three fingers jutting into the northern Aegean Sea. Viticulture and wine production have always been one of the monks’ traditional occupations. The PGI Mount Athos wines were among the first PGI wines to be designated in GreecePGI Mount Athos wines are produced by two area wineries.

Varieties

Athiri, Assyrtiko, Roditis, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Lemnio, Xinomavro, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache Rouge, Syrah.

Wine types

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

White and red wines can be “straw wines – vin liastos” provided they have not been fortified while red wines may be fortified and fall under the vin de liqueur category.