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The Terroir of Limnos

Μεγάλη ποικιλία εδαφών πάνω σε ηφαιστειακό υπέδαφος

The island of Limnos, in the North Aegean, is part of the volcanic arc of the Greek Archipelago. Since ancient times, Lemnos has been known both for its grain, as it was the granary of Ancient Athens, for its vines and wine.

In Lemnos, approximately 5,000 acres of vineyards are cultivated, of which 90-95% are covered by the white Muscat of Alexandria, while the rest of the area is planted mainly with the ancient Greek red variety Limnio.


The terroir of Lemnos, meaning the elements of nature and people that determine the taste of the wines, is determined by the following climatic and geological data:

  • Low relief, absence of mountains and forests
  • Unobstructed air circulation due to the shallow valleys
  • Absence of diseases thanks to continuous natural ventilation. Easy application of organic farming without chemical preparations.
  • Winemaking without or with minimal use of sulphite is possible, without jeopardizing the quality and stability of the wines
  • Great variety of soils on volcanic subsoil

Difficulties – Risks

The main viticultural difficulties in Lemnos can be summarized as follows:

  • Violent Winds – as beneficial as the constant flow of mild air is to the vigor and health of the plants, just as threatening are the violent winds that develop and can often reach 8-9 Beaufort, destroying vine blossoms in the spring .
  • Wild rabbits – their population has spread so far that entire crops of both vines and grain are now threatened. The only way to deal with the threat is to thoroughly fence off all the vineyards.

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