Wine tourism in Northern Greece
Northern Greece is a very extensive region that includes three viticultural regions: the Epirus viticultural region, with the PGI Epirus wines; the Macedonia viticultural region, with the PGI Macedonia wines; and the Thrace viticultural region, with the PGI Thrace wines. These are some of the most historical vineyards in Greece. At the same time, the vineyards of Northern Greece are known for their great production potential. Correspondingly, wine tourism in Northern Greece is clearly much more organised than in any other part of Greece and that is due to the Wines of North Greece organisation, which has designed the Wine Roads of Northern Greece.
In such an extensive area, there is great potential for tourism throughout the year to satisfy all of the desires and pursuits of visitors. Wine tourism in Northern Greece is greatly aided by the Egnatia Odos national road, which intersects Northern Greece from end to end and facilitates fast and safe road travel. The Wine Roads of Northern Greece include eight routes which begin in the west, from the Epirus Region and the Wine Route of Epirus. They continue through the central section of the Macedonia region. Thus, the Wine Route of the Lakes continues through the Region of Western Macedonia. Five routes have been developed in the Region of Central Macedonia: the Wine Route of Pella-Goumenissa, the Wine Route of the Olympian Gods, the Wine Route of Naoussa, the Wine Route of Thessaloniki and the Wine Route of Halkidiki. The Wine Route of Dionysus has been developed in the Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace.
It is apparent that with such a large range of options, those who decide to embark on wine tourism in Northern Greece will have a lot to see and learn and even more to enjoy.