The Road of Wine
From the time of Ancient Greece and Rome visits have been made to vineyards. Since the early 19th century, however, visits to vineyards were part of package tours, which were mainly the prerogative of the aristocratic classes of the time.At banquets and groups where the main event was controlled drinking, philosophy and the art of investigating analyzing and synthesizing large and small wonders of life through reason was developed..
Wine frees the imagination and creativity of people, strengthens the inspiration to poets and artists, enhances the culture in each expression.The wine is not even a product, it is "someone" who shows us a new way of life with an enhanced perception. The vineyards are located mostly in beautiful places, which are sometimes near volumes of water (rivers, lakes, lagoons, seas), or sometimes over beautiful mountains that bring us the desire to walk and live with them for awhile. In recent years it has constantly Wine tourism is steadily increasing in Greece, giving us the opportunity to closer to nature and enjoy the various side activities it can offer.We all know that wine is as old farm product, used for centuries as an accompaniment of a meal, or as a sedative and medicine. It was closely associated with the joys of life, the mysticism of the soul, the religious rituals, as wel as the cultural values. All these qualities of wine are displayed in the Mediterranean wine produce.
In Greece the wine tradition is particularly rich. The wine is connected with the culture of the people, their religion and their culinary habits.We must not forget the close relationship of wine with our cultural heritage and thus tour human values. The information we aquired from each region is related to the cultivation of the vine at the site, how people would produce wine even how the wine was served at their table accompanying the local dishes, is in line with the recent global consumer demand to "return to tradition." Within the conservation and enhancement of this heritage a special form of tourism was developed, that of the Wine Roads.It marked paths, we can follow (ordinary people and wine lovers, individually or in groups), in vineyards, visited wineries, wine outlets and other local products (mainly edible and potable), selected restaurants and hotels, along with other attractions of different types and styles of the region.The Wine Roads offer selected routes that cross the most scenic spots of a wine areas. Signs point the way to vineyards and wineries. Also Signs point towards sites with delightful views, archaeological sites, churches, monasteries, museums, buildings or any cultural folklore point of interest.In visitable wineries we can try and buy our favorite wine (in a much more favorable prices than elsewhere), to be informed about the wine region and to become acquainted with the producers themselves and their philosophy. Surprised we find that the perfume and taste seem to harmonize with the place, in a way we could have never imagined.
At selected restaurants we will taste the dishes of the region, along with the wines produced there, since this is the main selection criterion, and shops selling local products to taste and buy local products. In Greece, the areas worth a visit for the wine and cultural "package tour" is Naoussa, Amyntaio, Nemea, Mantinia, Drama, Thessaloniki, Santorini and Crete. Of course, beyond these areas will find individual wineries in almost all Greece that will impress you. Places that will certainly win you over are, the Katogi Averoff Metsovo, Domaine Hatzimihali Atalanta in the Vivilia area in Kavala, wine Aidarini in Goumenissa, the Achaia Clauss in Patras, in Upper Tetramythos Diakopto of Kalavryta Domaine Mercouri in Elis, the Property Papagiannakos at Markopoulo, Domaine Efharis in Megara, Oinotreia Kapandriti Earth to the Cooperative of Samos, the winemaker Moraitis of Paros
We will finaly describe all the organized networks of Wine Roads of our country and offer the opportunity to choose one of the routes that will lead you to the most perfect winemaking pleasures.