Enjoy a wine tour around Kavala
The vineyards near Kavala offering wine tasting and cellar tours are one of the best-kept secrets of northeastern Greece. In summer, they make a great addition to your beach holidays and in the spring and autumn, they can be combined with nature activities and visiting the villages on the slopes of Mount Pangaio. Either way, you’ll gain an added appreciation for a fascinating and beautiful corner of Greece.
The Ancient Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans all left their mark on Kavala and the wider region. But winemaking here predates them all. The remains of pressed grapes on jars unearthed at nearby Dikili Tash (an ancient settlement near Philippi) have been dated to Neolithic times, making them the oldest traces of wine production in Europe.
For Ancient Greeks, who are known to have inherited the art of winemaking from the Phoenicians, Mount Pangaio was the site of the sanctuary of Dionysus (the god of wine and drama). It became a centre of Dionysian worship, of which wine was an integral part.
This legacy continued into Byzantine times and is still alive today with the wineries on the southern slopes of Mount Pangaio, two of which are included in the Wine Route of Dionysus, an initiative of the Winemakers of Northern Greece (the association of wine producers in Macedonia, Thrace and Epirus). The route includes cultural landmarks such as the Archaeological Site of Philippi. But you can just as easily create your own tour of the wineries and cultural attractions near Kavala (see below for suggestions).
Cooled by the Aegean Sea breeze in the summer and sheltered by the southern slopes of Mount Pangaio in the winter, the vineyards around Kavala have made a name for themselves in cultivating Greek grape varieties such as Roditis, Assyrtiko, Lemnio and Agiorgitiko as well as European favourites like Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Their impressive whites (dry and sweet), roses (dry and semi-dry) reds (dry and semi-dry) have led to both Pangaio and Kavala being given Protected Geographical Indication status.
* See the Get Planning section below for more details on wineries offering wine tasting and vineyard & cellar tours near Kavala