Goumenissa is a wine region located only 90km northeast of Thessaloniki. It is renowned for PDO wine crafted from Xinomavro with a minimum of 20% Negoska grapes, spotlighting its distinct viticultural heritage.
Goumenissa wine history
A wine tour of the small, family-run wineries of the area, will immerse you to the rich history and tradition of winemaking of the Goumenissa region, which is truly fascinating. The story of how the winemakers' ancestors brought their legacy and love for winemaking from Ano Vodena in East Romilia (modern-day eastern Bulgaria) adds a unique aspect to the local wine culture. The fact that they were committed to bring root stocks wrapped in wet blankets during their immigration shows the importance of wine in their lives and their dedication in preserving their winemaking heritage.
As they also brought the "Kourbani" festival, dedicated to Saint Tryfon, the patron saint of wine growers, further highlights the deep connection between the people of the region and their vineyards. This festival likely holds a special place in the hearts of the community, celebrating not only their religious beliefs but also their cultural identity as wine growers.
Mikro Ktima Titos
Our journey will start at "Mikros Ktima Titos," a historic winery founded by the late Titos Eftihidis, which found new life under Biblia Chora's ownership after 2018. Nestled within the enchanting "Two Rivers'' region, amidst a verdant forest, this small estate underwent a comprehensive renovation. The charming interior now houses a delightful tasting area, while a veranda overlooks vines cocooned by the lush woodland. Here, indigenous grape varieties thrive under meticulous organic cultivation, with hand-harvesting as the norm. The synergy of nature, viticulture, and architectural transformation create a captivating haven for wine enthusiasts, celebrating the past while embracing a sustainable future.