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Greek wine and holy water: Philippi and beyond
“The relationship between vine and man is dynamic, evolving over time,” say the winemakers at the 300-acre Oenogenesis winery. “That’s why every year our cultivation techniques are enriched. Only love, care and respect for man remain fixed values.”
Our half-day tour takes us from the ruins of Philippi, to the site of the first European baptism, to the vineyards of Drama, tracing the evolution of a region and the civilisations which called it home. We begin in Philippi, where King Philip II of Macedon celebrated success in the neighboring gold mines, and where Rome truly became an empire after wiping out the last of the Republicans. From here it’s a short drive to St. Lydia’s Baptistery, where we follow the footsteps of Paul the Apostle. Then for the rest of our morning we uncover the secrets that go into your favourite Greek bouquets, including Asyrtiko, Xinomavro and Moschato. Naturally, there will be samples, along with cold cuts, cheese and sommelier stories.
Free time to explore Kavala
On our return to Kavala, we may have time for you to break off on your own to wander, shop or eat like a local. Follow your senses on a stroll along the promenade or follow your stomach to enjoy a local snack and glass of ouzo. This bayside city on the slopes of Mount Symvolo is a sight to behold.