PGI Kavala (ΠΓΕ Καβάλα)

The PGI Kavala (ΠΓΕ Καβάλα) is a zone that covers the entire prefecture of Kavala in Eastern Macedonia as well as the island of Thasos. Vineyards must be planted at an altitude of more than 50 meters above sea-level.

The characteristics
More than half of Kavala is mountainous. There are three mountain ranges: Pangeon in the west, Lakanis in the northeast and Symvolo in the southewest. The rest of the prefecture is either lower hills or plains. The largest plains are located in between the mountains or in the coastal band. Most of the vineyards extend in gentle slopes. The climate is Mediterranean near the coast but transitions to a Mediterranean with cooler influences inland, especially in those vineyards that are planted in higher altitudes.

Wine Types:

• White dry, semi-dry, semi-sweet, sweet
• Rosé dry, semi-dry, semi-sweet, sweet
• Red dry, semi-dry, semi-sweet, sweet

The grape varieties
The PGI Kavala is a source of excellent wines made from both indigenous and international grape varieties. The most important Greek white varieties are Assyrtiko (with constantly increasing plantings) and Malagousia. Moreover, the vineyard of Kavala hosts almost every well-known white or red French grape variety. Some of the most characterful wines are made either from the white Sauvignon Blanc or the red Cabernet Sauvignon, both of them usually in blends with other grapes.

Permitted grape varieties

White Wines
Indigenous: Assyrtiko, Malagouzia, Moschato of Alexandria, Roditis
International: Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Ugni Blanc, Viognier.

Red Wines
Indigenous: Agiorgitiko, Limnio, Moschomavro, Pamidi
International: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Grenache Rouge, Merlot, Syrah.

Rosé wines
All grape varieties permitted in white and red wine production, are allowed.