Learn more about the PDO Region

In 1971, the PDO Naoussa region was recognized by legislation as the first Greek Protected Designation of Origin with the indication PDO Naoussa and the indicated variety of Xinomavro. This means that the indication “Naoussa wine” is given exclusively to wines produced from select Xinomavro grapes, which have been grown in a specific way and with a specific yield in the legally-determined vine-growing Naoussa zone. This zone covers a total area of 700 hectares and wines produced here must be produced according to the traditional Naoussa method. The vineyards are planted at optimum altitudes between 150 and 350 metres.

On the south-eastern slopes of Mount Vermion, they are protected from the cold northern winds and benefit from the mid-afternoon sun. The Naoussa vineyards have a linear canopy, with a density of up to 4,000 plants/hectare. In accordance with legislation, the yield must be under 10,000 kilograms/hectare. The soil is rich in trace elements, with heavy or light clay and sand depending on the sub region. The climate is continental, with cold, snowy winters, rain in the autumn and spring, and hot, dry summers.