The Amyndeon area

Amyndeo or Amyntaio, named after the grandfather of Alexander the Great, is an area in the far north west of Greece towards the border of Albania and FYROM. Around 650 meters above sea level, it lies on the far side of Mount Vermio, blocked off from the influence of the Aegean. These features of Amyndeon's setting cause the local climate to be entirely continental, though moderated somewhat by the influence of Lake Vegoritis, pushing the Xinomavro vintage for red wine back to mid-October.

Amyndeo has the coolest climate of all the wine-producing regions of Greece. Soil tends to be a sandy clay around Xinonero, on the slopes west of Amydeon, and a sandy loam around Ayios Panteleimonas, on the plain area just west of lake Petron - all with considerable variation in calcium content from vineyard to vineyard.

map of Greece - Amyndeon location