41° 14' 46" N


24° 55' 07" E




about this subregion

The Rodopi wine region is situated in the northeastern part of Greece, encompassing parts of the Rodopi regional unit near the border with Bulgaria. Geographically, it is characterized by its proximity to the Rhodope Mountains and the Maritsa River.

The region experiences a continental climate with cold winters and warm summers. Its inland position and elevation contribute to temperature fluctuations and distinct seasonal variations.

Rodopi's soils encompass a range of types, including clay, limestone, and sandy soils, influencing the flavor profiles of the wines produced in the region. The geological diversity, combined with the climate, contributes to the unique character of Rodopi's wines.

Both indigenous and international grape varieties are cultivated in the Rodopi wine region. Native varieties such as Mavroudi and Pamidi contribute to the local winemaking tradition, while international varieties like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon offer diversity.

Vineyards in the Rodopi wine region often benefit from the hilly terrain and slopes, optimizing sun exposure and drainage. The unique landscape, coupled with the region's climate and soil variations, shapes the character of the wines.


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Discover Terroir

The Rodopi (Rhodopes) wine region is located in the northeastern part of Greece, specifically within the regional unit of Rodopi and derives its names from the Rhodope Mountains (or The Rhodopes). The Rhodopes are a mountain range in Southeastern Europe, and the largest by area in Bulgaria, with over 83% of its area in the southern part of the country and the remainder in Greece. The regional unit of Rodopi is part of the broader administrative region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace. The Rodopi wine region encompasses a diverse landscape, ranging from mountains to valleys and plains. It is situated inland, not far from the Aegean Sea, and it borders Bulgaria to the north and Turkey to the east. The capital city of the regional unit of Rodopi is Komotini.

The Rhodope wine region experiences a climate that receives both Mediterranean and continental influences, depending on whether the vineyards are located closer to the mountains or closer to the sea. Because of this, there is a significant variation in temperatures, both between seasons and between day and night, without reaching extreme values that are detrimental to viticulture. Winters are usually mild, with occasional frosts, while summers tend to be rather warm. Rainfall is moderate, and is more concentrated between winter and spring.

The Rhodope wine region has 4 main soil types: alluvial, loamy, clayey and calcareous:

  • Alluvial soils are fertile and well-drained, suitable for viticulture, while loamy soils are rich in nutrients and water retention.
  • Loam soils provides an ideal foundation for vineyards, offering a balanced mix of sand, silt, and clay that promotes excellent drainage, nutrient retention, and supports the growth of high-quality grapes.
  • Clay soils are rich in nutrients but can cause waterlogging and require proper drainage management. While this helps the vines to have access to water throughout the year, a soil that is too clayey can lead to waterlogging, which is not favorable for the vine.
  • Calcareous/Lime soils impart a distinct mineral character to the wines, adding complexity and a unique terroir signature. They tend to have a neutral pH. This makes it possible to produce higher quality wines, as the ideal pH of the soils is neither too alkaline nor too acidic. The 5 words that describe calcareous soils: mineral-rich, alkaline, limestone-based, fertile and chalky.


Most Planted Red Grape Varieties: Mavroudi, Limnio, Cabernet Sauvignon

Most Planted White Grape Varieties: Moscato of Alexandria, Chardonnay

The Rodopi wine region enchants wine enthusiasts with its delightful selection of red and white wines, each bearing the essence of this unspoiled terroir. Embraced by the Rhodope Mountains and gentle Aegean breezes, Rodopi offers a captivating journey through its remarkable wines.

Rodopi boasts a captivating collection of white wines, with the indigenous Roditis grape taking center stage. These whites enchant with their refreshing acidity, revealing enchanting notes of citrus and ripe orchard fruits, complemented by hints of herbs. Reflecting the region's Mediterranean climate and diverse soils, Roditis wines exude a sense of purity, mirroring the pristine landscapes of Rodopi.

In addition to its whites, Rodopi surprises with its expressive red wines. The native Limnio grape exudes a captivating bouquet of red berries, plums, and subtle earthy nuances. The Limnio reds celebrate the region's winemaking heritage, offering wines with a medium-bodied allure and a smooth texture. Perfect for joyous celebrations or quiet contemplation, these reds embody the authentic spirit of Rodopi.

The Rodopi wine region cherishes its profound connection to the land, where vines intertwine with the untamed beauty of the mountains. The microclimates, shaped by the surrounding mountain ranges and proximity to the sea, impart distinct character to the grapes. The dedication of local winemakers, who honor age-old winemaking techniques, ensures that each wine reflects the soul of Rodopi.