Naoussa is located in Northern Greece and more specifically in Imathia regional unit of Macedonia. Surrounded by the slopes of Vermio Mountains, the entire area sits in a plateau and boasts an impressive history. In fact, the place is called “The Heroic City of Naoussa” and therefore you can see why its past is of great value. As for viticulture in Naoussa, things go way back to antiquity. This is where God Dionysus was born, after all. The God of Wine, Dancing and everything else fun in ancient Greece came from this specific region. Who could blame him?
One of the finest wine varieties in Naoussa is xinomavro, which literally translates to “sour black” in Greek. It is made by red grapes and produces several types of wine, such as sparkling, rose and even sweet dessert wines. Its rich color and amazing aromas has transformed xinomavro into one of the best sellers, both locally and internationally. As for the wineries where it is produced, along with some other truly magnificent options for wine connoisseurs, Boutari Winery is definitely the most popular place to be in the region. Ioannis Boutaris established the estate back in 1879 and now the company has spread to five other regions in Greece. Other wineries in Naoussa feature Domaine Foundi, Kir-Yianni Winery and Vaeni, with Elinos completing the list.
In the fully renovated neoclassical building of Ioannis Boutaris, one of the pioneers in wine making for the entire region, you will also find a Museum of Wine and Vine. This used to be a wine factory, but now features some of the most valuable exhibits. A press and several barrels, traditional items used to produce wine, funnels and corks are just few of the things that will catch your eye, while visiting the museum. And it is worth mentioning that within the museum you can also see tsipouro vases, highlighting the importance of another delicious signature Greek spirit produced in the area.
Finally, for those still in need of some inspiration prior to scheduling their visit to Naoussa, there are some amazing sights and attractions to see.The archaeological site of Vergina, Nymfaion of Mieza with the School of Aristotle, Seli and 3-5 Pigadia skiing resorts, Veroia and Arapitsa are all found within short distance and guarantee the optimal wine tourism experience in Northern Greece!