he beginning of viniculture in the Naoussa area is lost in the past, while the fame of the wines of Naoussa passed, from early on, the country’s borders and spread all over the world. Greek mythology mentions that on the slopes of Mount Vermio, at the foot of which Naoussa is now perched, Semele, mother of Dionysus, once lived, and his companion and splendid dancer, Silenus, was born. In 1987, by an initiative of the O.I.V. (International Office for Vine and Wine), Naoussa was declared International City of Vine and Wine.
From the few clues we have about the wine of Naoussa, we may confirm its long tradition. The first evidence pertaining to the history of viniculture in the area dates from 1700. At that time, the “xinomavro”, “negoska”, “naousseiko”, “sefka”, “prekniariko” and other varieties of grapes were cultivated in the area’s vineyards.
The wine of Naoussa, that has travelled everywhere (Austria, Hungary, Egypt) justified its fame.
“Naoussa” is ideal for any occasion - from an everyday meal to a luxurious reception. It is served at 15-16°C, after previously having carefully opened the bottle and letting it stand for a few hours in an upright position for the natural sediment which probably has formed due to the aging process to settle. “Naoussa” is an ideal companion for meals with meat and especially game, and complements a cheese variety platter wonderfully.
Dimitriadis S. V. Chronicles of History & Civilization of the Prefecture of Emathia, Vol. 22, January-April 2014)