The History of the Patmos vineyard

AN ISLAND ONCE DEDICATED TO VINE-GROWING

A privileged geographical and climatic situation

Located at 161 nautical miles from Piraeus, on the Eastern side of the Aegean Sea, Patmos is the northernmost island of the Dodecanese. It has a dry climate with frequent northern winds, and the sunlight is part of every-day life, with 3’000 hours of annual sunshine.

 

The 34 km2 of Patmos are home to approximately 3’000 inhabitants every year. In the tourist season, the visitors multiply by three the number of residents of the aesthetically and culturally protected island.

Patmos was once a wine island

Long ago the wine-growing in this island was prosperous, today it is only a souvenir. Only a few plots of land remain for private consumption. However, we found some traces of sources that prove that there used to be until 80 years ago, an important wine production, especially destined to Egypt. Winepress that was used to produce moût was situated in the houses of farmers. At present, simply by observing the old terraces which are a wasteland today, we can easily determine the areas which were once cultivated.

Endemic varieties that have disappeared today

If the elderly inhabitants of the island still talk with melancholy about the grape variety such as the white «Muscat of Alexandria» and the red «Fokiano» it is because the few active vineyards of today produce grapes originating  from continental Greece and have no particular variety.

 

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TO THE AGRO-ECOLOGICAL DOMAIN OF PATMOS ( DODECANESE / GREECE ).

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