Thessaloniki wine region

Thessaloniki is Greece’s second city, and gives its name to the region around it.  Situated in northeastern Greece, this region occupies the base of the Halkidiki peninsula - the three-fingered ‘hand’ reaching southeast into the Aegean sea.
Wine has been made here since at least the Byzantine era, but today it is home to just a handful of PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) areas.  Most cluster close to Thessaloniki itself.  The most notable producer here is Ktima Gerovassiliou, in PGI Epanoma.
Across on the eastern coast, giant producer Tsantali has a winery in Agios Pavlos, specialising in whites and rosés from local varieties.
Although technically not part of Thessaloniki, mention must be made of the PDO Playes Melitona (“Slopes of Meliton”) situated on the middle finger of Halkidiki.  This was created in 1982 specifically to recognise the pioneering Domaine Porto Carras, and was the first in Greece to permit international varieties alongside local ones.

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