The vineyards of Paros occupy approximately 1,200 acres, mainly planted with the white Monemvassia and red Mandilaria varieties. When blended together, these two varieties yield a unique red wine, as the white Monemvassia adds aromas and softens the roughness of Mandilaria. Monemvassia is also used for the production of a dry white wine.
Paros is, for the most part, a flat island with a strong summer winds (called meltemia) and limited to minimum rainfall during the summer period, but also with higher levels of humidity than other Cycladic islands. Τhe vineyards of Paros has never been blighted by phylloxera. The vines are planted on rich calcareous, sandy and sandy-claye soil that is the result of erosion from the slopes of Mount Profitis Elias. The central part of the island is mountainous with an altitude of 724m (2375 ft.). The vines grow freely in bush form, many of them self-rooted. The old wood extends horizontally and young shoots grow vertically, creating a floor covering of vines, a system known locally as aplotaries (from the Greek verb ‘aplono’, which means ‘to spread’).