The very first references regarding the fabled wines of Thrace can be found in Homer’s epic poems. It was thanks to these varieties that Ulysses managed to get the Cyclops drunk, giving him the sweet wine from Ismaros – a region later renamed Maronia.
Nowadays, Thrace is a region where top Greek grape varieties are cultivated, such as Athiri, Assyrtiko, Roditis, Limniona and Malagousia. The region’s vine growers also cultivate foreign varieties, among which we can find Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Grenache Rouge.
The Ismarikos Local Wine holds a prominent position in the wine production of Thrace. It is principally made in Rodopi, Sapes, Maronia, Proskynites, Xilagani and Krovili. The Ismarikos Wine is produced in three types: dry, semi-dry and semi-sweet.