Zitsa

The PDO Zitsa zone extends across the central and western regional unit of Ioannina, covering the plateau of Zitsa, with an average altitude of 650 meters above sea level.

To the north, east and south, PDO Zitsa zone is surrounded by hills and mountains, while in the west it stretches down to the Thyamis (Kalama) river, including parts of the areas of Zitsa (Zitsa, Karitsa Protopappas), Ekali (Gavrisioi, Ligopsa) and Evrimenes (Klimatia).

The most popular grape of the PDO Zitsa area is Debina, a white grape variety, grown in the Epirus region since the 7th century, continuously until today, according to historians. Debina is exclusively grown in Epirus, in the wider area of the PDO Zitsa region, at altitudes that vary from 500 to 700 meters, in shallow calcareous soils. It benefits from special climatic conditions, thanks to the sea breezes that reach the area through the passageways of the river Kalamas.
PDO Zitsa wines are all white and may be dry, medium-dry, medium-sweet, sparkling and semi-sparkling, and are traditionally, the only PDO sparkling white wines in Greece.

Other Greek grape varieties cultivated in the area are Vlachiko and Bekari, whereas international ones, like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling, Traminer and Sauvignon Blanc are very popular as well.

Visitors can enjoy the magnificent scenery in the wider PDO Zitsa area, explore Ioannina and Metsovo nearby and visit the wineries of the region.

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in Zitsa