The rare and charming lady of Epirus
The predominantly indigenous red grape variety of Epirus, that has been cultivated for a very long time in the area of Zitsa at an altitude higher than 600 metres and in sloping limestone soils. It exhibits the characteristics of the cold climate in the mountainous regions where it is produced and which endures low temperatures, limited sunlight and regular rainfalls.
The first wine makers of the area used to make the traditional wine of Zitsa, a rose sparkling wine from Vlahiko and Debina; the local white wine grape variety. In general, it is thought to be a “rare” variety because it is not frequently vinified as a varietal wine while as a grape it requires constant care and thus, its vineyard plantation is limited.