Wine tours in Serres

Serres has a very long tradition of winemaking. Just how long? Well, it is said that a light was always kept burning at the temple of Dionysus in Ancient Visaltia to ensure a good harvest. Today the descendants of these ancient vines comprise acres and acres of viticulture on the slopes of Mounts Kerdylio, Menikio, Belles and Pangeon as well as in the lowlands around Gazoros and Abeloi. Mythology says that the god of music, dance and inebriation, Dionysus, married Ariadne, who had two sons, Staphillos and Oinopoeonas, who, in turn, gave grape cultivation and wine production to the Greeks.

Even today, a festival is held in Gazoros where Dionysian dances take place. Another myth says that a follower of Dionysus, Ampelos, was killed by accident when riding a bull and that the god took pity on the youth, bringing him back to life as a grapevine. No matter how wine production first arrived in Greece, it has flourished. Though not as well known as other European wines, Greece produces some excellent vintages, Serres in particular.

Taste, smell and see a beautiful selection of different types of Ouzo. Alexandridis is one of the best ouzo-makers in the region who knows all about this spirit’s secrets.
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Established in 1996 by Apostolos Goulas, the vineyard now encompasses 3,000 acres of organically grapes in the village of Abeloi (whose name means vineyards). Also makes tsipouro (a Greek spirit).
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The Gazoritis Winery was launched in 2006 by the Boulios brothers and their pal Christos Tholoulis in renovated warehouses next to the Gazoros train station. A young fresh range of wines from cinsaut, cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay grapes, organically grown.
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The premier vineyard in Abeloi. Both the oak-barrel-matured dry red and dry white wines of this organic winery are considered some of the best from the region.
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Established in 1977 in the foothills of Mt Pangeon, the wines are certified organic by BIO Hellas. The estate produces a wide range of wines, from Cabernet Sauvignon to red merlot and syrah. Operates tours and has a reception building for tasting. (All year round)
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The 'kyathos' was the deep bowl used to collect wine from barrels before being ladled into drinking cups. A good name for this winery that makes a lovely dry muscat.
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This label is most known for its “Crinin” dry red, full-bodied and bountiful. The winery boasts organic vineyards as well.
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Dimosthenes Pagonas completed wine studies in 1993 and founded this label 10 years later. Drop by for some interesting wines indeed. (All year round)
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