Although no PDO area has been established in Drama and Kavala, they are considered two of the most significant viticultural regions of Greece. They boast several major and pioneering producers, who have created some of the most special and interesting Greek wines.
The exceptionally temperate and humid climate prevalent in Kavala’s valley and the hilly terrain undulating between the coastline and Mount Pangeon—together with the deep, fertile soil—provide the ideal place for the acclimatization of the early-harvest, foreign white varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Semillon. The careful winegrowing practices of the vintners of an area long known for the excellence of its table grapes aid the growth of the vines and quality of their products.
Northwest of Kavala, in Drama’s warmer and drier area, it is the international red varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah which have fared better alongside the native Assyrtiko. The latter is an outstanding, Cycladic, white cultivar which, basking in the temperature conditions prevalent in northern Greece, found its second home there and comfortably settled into yielding wines that are far more aromatic and elegant than those produced in its birthplace. Mostly linear and irrigated, the vineyards of Drama and Kavala are among the state-of-the-art and comprehensively organized vineyards in Greece