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Limnos History

Limnos, the sacred land of Efaistos is “floating” between the Mount Athos and the Dardanelles, accompanied by its special aromas and original flavors. Already known from the era of Homer for its famous wines, Limnos i “Ambeloessa”, has been, with the passage of the centuries, the reference point of fine and qualitative products.

…“there is no better wine to drink than a sweet wine of Limnos”, says Athineos in his work, Dipnosofistes.

 

 

Modern Limnos continues the tradition, producing fresh and aromatic dry wines, but mainly wonderful sweet wines from the charismatic variety of Muscat of Alexandria which flourishes in its volcanic soil.

 

 

Small, well-groomed, cup-shaped vineyards cover an area of about 700 hectares, together with Aristotle’s favorite variety of, Limnia Ambelo or Limnio and they guarantee, because of their low yields, an excellent raw material for the wine.

 

Varieties

The main variety that is cultivated on the island is the MUSCAT OF ALEXANDRIA, which arrived at the beginning of the previous century. Its systematic cultivation started later, gradually displacing LIMNIO, which until then had been the main variety cultivated in the island.

The vineyard has an average age of 20-25 years, it covers an area of about 650 hectares with a yield of 8000 kg per hectare.

After being vinificated it produces the following wine categories:

 

1) Appellation of Origin of High Quality LIMNOS: a) white dry, b) semi-dry, c) semi-sweet

 

2) Appellation of Origin Controlled MUSCAT of LIMNOS a) white sweet, b) sweet natural, c) sweet natural from prime vineyards (grand cru)

 

LIMNIO (KALAMPAKI), Aristotle’s favorite variety is known since ancient times and it is mentioned by plenty of philosophers, historians and ancient travellers. It covers an area of about 50 hectares and is mainly vinificated into a pleasant dry table wine with the aroma and flavor of fresh fruits.