Winery tradition in Rhodes from antiquity to nowadays
Winery is a tradition of 2,400 years in Rhodes! A story from those early days tells how the Cretans, jealous of Rhodes fame for high quality wine, copied Rhodian amphorae in an attempt to pass off their own wine as Rhodian. To eliminate poor quality grapes, the Rhodes habitants chose to eliminate vineyards on the Lindos side of the island, where the climate is too hot and dry, the vines today are concentrated on the western side of the Island, around the village of Embona.
Many small vineyards are located in specific cooler microclimates, where the granite stones in the soil help by increasing humidity which in turn improves the grapes flavor. Athiri, a very old local variety of white grape is typically found in vineyards on lower slopes below Embona, while mountain regions produce a quality Red grape.