Wine & Wildlife Adventure

Take a scenic journey to Alpha Estate's grand panoramic vineyards overlooking the lake. Taste the iconic wines these hills have to offer and immerse in the wildlife of Northern Greece. In Nimfeo village, you will catch a glimpse of brown bears and wolves in Arctouros Conservation Area.


Graphic panoramic vineyards overlooking the lakes and wines with unique character

Wine & Wildlife tour is about exploring the wines of the unique terroir of Amynteon and discovering Greek wildlife in the shelters of Arctouros.

We will visit Alpha Estate with its vineyards that overlook the neighbouring lakes of Petron and Vegoritida and then continue by visiting the nearby picturesque village of Nimfeo at 1350m alt. where you will be charmed by the cobbled streets and the traditional houses made of stone.

At the end of the village and after an 800m walk in a natural beech forest, we will arrive at Arctouros and meet the bears (when they are awake March to November) who are hosted in the shelter.

The excursion will resume with a late Greek lunch at the local restaurant savouring the wines of Alpha Estate.

Wine Tour Overview

    PDO Amynteon Region & Nimfeo Village
    Alpha Estate Winery
  • MEAL
    April to October (except Wednesdays)
    8 Hours
    Private journeys or Groups up to 15 people
    Greek / English / French

Contact Wine Odyssey for pricing as each experience is customised and estimated according to the details of each journey.

Wine Tour Itinerary

Time Schedule

09:00am Start of our Wine and Tasting Odyssey !

10:30am After a drive through the plains of Macedonia we arrive at Alpha Estate in Amynteon. We will have a guided tour of the winery and explore the cellars where the estate's treasures are kept behind bars ! We will learn about the history of the local varieties grown here and the vinification methods used by the estates oenologist. At the end of the tour in the spacious area overlooking the lakes, we will taste the estate’s elegant wines.

12:00pm A scenic uphill drive will take us to Nimfeo village (1350m). Our walk will take us through the cobblestone streets and the magnificent mansions that will startle you with their beauty and architecture. We will wander through the stone-built houses mostly built in the 19th century by the wealthy merchants of the area. At the end of the village we will encounter a paved path leading to “Arctouros” Bear Conservation Area. After a 15min walk we will find the information kiosk and the bear keepers. The shelter is open for the public only when the bears are awake, from spring to late autumn. Here you will have the chance to see some of the bears that are hosted here because unfortunately they cannot be released to their natural habitat due to different problems.

03:30pm Our final stop will be at a local taverna where we will have a Greek late lunch accompanied by Alpha Estates wines.

06:30pm Full of new experiences we will head back to Thessaloniki.

*all hours are approximate and itineraries are subject to change due to weather conditions or other predicaments

Winery tour & tasting

ALPHA Estate is located at the northwest part of Greece, the Amyndeon, Florina region. Alpha Estate was founded in 1997 by the experienced viticulturist Makis Mavridis and chemist-oenologist Angelos Iatridis, who, after years of experience in various locations of Greece, chose the Amyndeon region to create their own wine.

Professional know-how, experience and the team’s effort, throughout all stages of production and promotion, are necessary conditions for the desirable result of producing wines sealed under the Alpha Estate label.

Enjoy a guided tour of the winery where the vinification methods will be explained and a walk through the magnificent cellars that keep the treasures of the estate. Our tour will conclude with a special tasting in a breathtaking area overlooking the lakes where we will taste a sample of the estate’s wines.

Aerial view of Alpha Estate winery and the surrounding vineyards

Nimfeo Village

Nimfeo village is designated a “traditional settlement” and is one of the most beautiful villages of Greece. It has kept the traditional and scenic cobblestone streets, the 19th century stone-built mansions and the mystic aura of the old times. Wander through this panoramic village exploring the past and present in this authentic environment. It will definitely take your breath away!

Traditional village with snow

Arcturos Bear Conservation Area

ARCTUROS is a non profit, non governmental, environmental organisation (NGO) founded in 1992, focusing on the protection of wildlife fauna and natural habitat, in Greece and abroad.

The foundation of ARCTUROS was driven by constant need to solve the problem of bear and wolf imprisonment; a common occurrence at the time. It was that need, which led to the creation of a complete action framework, under the umbrella of ARCTUROS.

Our walk through the village and the natural beech forest will take us to Arcturos Bear Conservation Area. Here we will meet the hosted bears in a specific area of 50,000 m2 with an altitude of 1,350 m. and visit 12 of them that used to be captive. Now they are looked after because unfortunately cannot be released to their natural habitat due to different issues.

Brown bear

Lunch in local taverna

Last but not least we will savour the delicacies of the area along with the great wines of Alpha Estate winery, before heading back to Thessaloniki.

Close up of a typical Greek salad with tomatoes, cucumber and feta cheese

Contact Wine Odyssey for pricing as each experience is customised and estimated according to the details of each journey.


Tour Price Includes

  • Transportation
  • Winery Tour
  • Tasting
  • Entrance & Tour in Bear Sanctuary
  • Lunch - Family style (half bottle of wine and water per person)


Useful Details

Note for the conservation area:
  • Kindly note that pets are not allowed to enter the Area
  • Visitors are allowed to take photos however the use of tripods or monopods as well as flash photography are forbidden.
  • For your safety, use of hiking boots or walking shoes is highly recommended.
  • Covid 19 health certificate may be required.
  • Health & safety measures apply


Payment & Cancellation

We focus on our guests and their specific needs, so the price is always customised and estimated after the selection of each trip's experiences.
  • Confirmation: 50% of the total amount
  • Final payment: 4 days before the journey
  • Cancellation is free of charge until 4 days before the journey
  • Cancellation 0-4 days : cancellation fee 50%

Are you a wine enthusiast?

Don’t miss out on an exceptional wine experience in the most beautiful vineyards! Join us for an unforgettable day full of wine tasting, amazing food, glorious nature and fun! Contact us to book a wine tour or create a personalised wine tour for your specific needs.