The PDO Rapsani wine zone is located on the eastern slopes of Mount Olympus, the highest Greek mountain – known in mythology as the residence of the 12 Gods – crossed by Pinios river, and stretching down to the valley of Tempi. The PDO Rapsani wine zone includes the municipal districts of Rapsani and Pyrgetos, of the Municipality of Kato Olympus and the Community Department of Ambelakia, of the Prefecture of Larissa.
Vineyards are planted at various altitudes, starting from 100m and reaching up to 800m, where the top quality grapes are grown. Traditionally, in the area there were 3 indigenous red grape varieties: Xinomavro, Krassato, Stavroto (Ambelakiotiko), all three comprising the PDO Rapsani blend with approximately 1/3 each. PDO Rapsani wines are dry red.
PDO Rapsani wines which have been aged for 2 years, spending a minimum of 12 months in oak barrels and 6 months in the bottle, are entitled to display the term “Selected” or “Réserve” on their label, whereas if the ageing period is 4 years minimum, with at least 18 months in oak barrels and 18 months in the bottle, PDO Rapsani wines can be indicated as “Specially Selected” or “Grande Réserve”.
It is worth mentioning that, until 2005, the only producer investing on the PDO Rapsani wine zone, in order to produce high quality wines was Tsantali. Nowadays, there are other wineries in the PDO Rapsani zone, producing intriguing wines as well.
Visitors can discover stunningly beautiful sceneries in the wider area of Mount Olympus and the Valley of Tempi, participate in various food and wine activities organized in the area of Rapsani (like the Tsantali Rapsani Wine Adventure, introduced in 2013, etc.) and visit the wineries of the area.