The Land of Attica

The Vineyard of Attica

The vineyard of Attica dominates as the oldest and most historical vineyard in Greece.

Attica is in reality a large peninsula with natural borders the Geraneia range and the mountains of Kithairon, Parnitha and Penteli, receiving at the same time the beneficial sea breeze as its whole southern part is embraced by the sea. All of these elements combined with the diversity of its subsoil in terms of composition and of course its warm, dry climate near the mountains make the vineyard of Attica one of the most important vineyards in Greece.

The vineyard of Attica is essentially divided into three wine-growing zones, the northern, the western and the eastern zone, each one of them being a gateway to the capital of Greece, Athens.

The northern zone of Attica includes the vineyards of the northern slopes of Mount Penteli, Dionysos, Mount Parnitha and Kapandriti. The western zone, which is the growing zone of red varieties, includes Megara, Oinoi, the Geraneia range reaching the slopes of Kithairon through Boeotia. The third zone is the region of eastern Mesogaia, a vineyard literally embraced by the sea being at the same time the wine-growing center of Attica, as it occupies the largest part of the total surface of the vineyard of Attica.

Today the overall surface of the vineyard of Attica reaches the 6,500 hectares, 80% of which are monopolized by white varieties and the 4/5 of the vineyard located in eastern Attica, in the wine-growing zone of Mesogaia, next to the Athens International Airport, only few kilometers away from Athens.

In the wine-growing zone of Mesogaia, the region of Lavreotiki, where the municipality of Keratea belongs, holds a special place because of the different composition of its soil, which is rich in minerals and as a result the minerality of the soil is reflected in the taste of the wines produced particularly in this region. This area was also known since ancient times and played an important role in the economic development of Attica as a whole, due to the mines operating there for centuries.