Olympus Hike & Wine Tasting in The Heart of Winter

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This past weekend we went hiking with a  group of 55 people from Procredit bank Bulgaria who dared to hike the Enipeas gorge of Mount Olympus, right in the heart of winter. Our head guide for the event was Babis Marinidis, a local mountain guide with great experience and a soon-to-be ExploreTheOutside ambassador. We decided to change the classic Enipeas route and instead of starting from the Prionia refuge, we set off from St Dionysus’ monastery, founded in 1542 in the Holy Cave. We descended towards the village by crossing the stream, which rushes through the canyon and forms many natural pools and waterfalls and ended our journey with wine tasting at the outskirts of Litohoro village.

We are delighted to have been selected by Procredit bank Bulgaria to organize this unique team –building adventure and we hope that everybody had as much fun as we did. We would like to thank our good friend, Oleg Kuznetsov, who participated in the event and proved to be an exceptional photographer.

The group enjoyed the unique hospitality of Cavo Olympo Luxury Resort & Spa, an exceptional 5 star hotel on the foothills of mount Olympus, located right on the seaside.

During our wine-tasting  session, we were treated to some of the best wine Naoussa has to offer, which is widely considered to be the cornerstone of Greek Red Wine.

Naoussa, located in the heart of Macedonia on the eastern slopes of Mount Vermion, 92km west of Thessaloniki was one of the first AOC (aka OPAP) regions in Greece and produces well-structured, full-bodied, long-lived red wines made from the native grape Xinomavro.

Xinomavro: (xhee-no-mav-ro): This red has floral and spice aromas, firm tannins, and vibrant fruit.

Agiorgitiko, (ah-gee-or-gee-tee-ko): This grape produces lush, velvety reds with black-cherry flavors.

Mandilaria: One of the most rich in color varieties, a native of the Aegean area. Originally grown in the Cyclades, Rhodes and Crete, parts of which extended cultivation in Pelloponnese, Attica, Boeotia, Euboea, Thessaly and Macedonia, occupying a total area exceeding 15,000 hectares.



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