PDO Amynteo

The PDO Amynteo zone (est. 1972) stretches in the southeastern part of the Florina district and mostly on the plateau of the area of Amynteo (Amynteo, Agios Panteleimon, Klidi, Xino Nero, Petres, Rodonas, Fanos), in the area of Aetos (Aetos, Agrapidies, Anargyri, Pedino), Filota (Antigonos, Vegora, Levea ), and Variko (Variko). The altitudes range from 570m to 750m. The plateau is girded by “the 3 V’s”, i.e., the mountains of Vermio (2,052m), Vitsi (2,128m), and Voras (2,554m). Two lakes are also part of the plateau’s terrain: Vegoritida, the largest of the two, is at the plateau’s northeasternmost tip with half of its surface belonging to the district of Pella. Petron, the second lake, lies west of Vegoritida almost halfway through the plateau. One of the PDO Amynteo zone’s characteristics is its sandy soil which has resulted in the presence of many relatively old, self-rooted vines.

PDO Amynteo is the northernmost and has the highest average elevation (615m) among the four PDO wine zones in which the Xinomavro variety is cultivated. The other three zones are PDO Goumenissa, PDO Naoussa and PDO Rapsani. Xinomavro and Amynteo have always been linked in the production of both red and rosé wines, due to the particular favorable mesoclimate of the Amynteo plateau. Case in point, these wine types account for most of the area’s total production. What is more, the area’s PDO blush (rosé) wine is the only one produced anywhere in Greece and one of the only two PDO sparkling wines in the country (the second one is PDO Zitsa). There are seven wineries active within the zone, all producing PDO Amynteo wines.

Variety

 Xinomavro 100%

Wine type

 

  • Dry rosé
  • Medium dry rosé
  • Medium sweet rosé
  • Sparkling dry rosé
  • Sparkling medium dry rosé
  • Dry red
  • Medium dry red
  • Medium sweet red