Today under the umbrella of the Protected Geographical Indication Euboea which affords wine-producers recognizability outside of Greece, there are three viticultural areas: Lilandio Pedio, Ritsona Avlidos and Karystinos Wine offering a number of white, rosé and sweet red desert wines from several varieties.
A wine-tasting visit at the modern local wineries and a folk tour along the wine routes of Dirfi, Ritsona Avlidos and Karystinos Wine may convince even the most demanding palate of their dynamic wine presence.
Today the area of Ritsona (ancient Mykalissos) is home to several wineries; one of them boasts organic vineyards and houses a Museum of Wine and Folk Art: household utensils, traditional tools from past eras, such as dikelli (a tool for digging), various small tools for cutting and pruning, old grape crushers, all of them reminiscent of the pre-industrial period in Greece.
Moreover, new endeavors have been undertaken in north Euboea, by a winery which is being constantly rewarded for its bold choices, thus, changing the wine-producing scenery on the slopes of Mt Xiro Oros and the area of Gialtra Aidipsou.
Heading downwards to central Euboea, the visitor comes across wonderful linear vineyards in Afrati and Kathenous, while on the slopes of Mt Dirfi and in Lilandio Pedio the velvety Syrah and the traditional Mavrokoundoura of Kymi predominate, two wines that made P.G.I. Euboea known from California all the way to Tokyo. In the areas of Mytikas and Malakondas two wineries are bound to offer its visitors an immemorable wine-tasting and culinary new experience.
So by capitalizing on a one-day escape to the sites of historical Eretria, a tour of the island’s wineries and vineyards is an opportunity that every demanding visitor will not want to miss.