Tsantali Metohi Chromitsa Winery in Mount Athos
The roots of vine growing and winemaking in Mount Athos date back to ancient times as various texts describe. Each monastery used to have its own winery with the production of each one estimated between 8-10 tonnes annually. It was here that in 1969 Evangelos Tsantalis, sought refuge during a storm and discovered a whole new wine-world and a magnificent terroir.
The revival of the vineyard began in 1973 by Evangelos Tsantalis. The fruits of his labour were only recognised in 1981 with the establishment of the brand “Regional Wines of Mt Athos”.
The wines from the Athonite region carry the appellation of Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Mount Athos. The delimited area of the zone is located within the administrative boundaries of Athos peninsula, as well as the area of Ouranoupolis in the Stagira Akanthou municipality. It comprises vineyards extending either near the seacoast or on the slopes of the mountain at an altitude up to 400 meters.
Only men can visit the vineyard of Metohi at Chromitsa, at the Monastery of Agios Panteleimonas, after contacting the Tsantali winery and the Holy Caretaker of Mount Athos.