Wine Roots of Paros: Ta Patitiria

Yiorgos Kavallis will be delivering an insightful presentation on the rich history of wine-making in Paros, along with an in-depth exploration of the unique “Patitiria” presses.

Maroulia Kontou is going to perform some traditional music that has been arranged for piano.

Sunday, November 19th, 2023, at 19:00

At the Conservatory Mythodia

Paros boasts a rich history of wine production dating back to ancient times. Its landscape is dotted with thousands of dry stone-walled terraces, primarily dedicated to vineyards. The wine trade was a significant source of wealth for the ancient Parian people, second only to their renowned Parian marble. Even in the Early Cycladic period, evidence of wine culture exists, as seen in a marble figurine of a drinker.

Paros continued its winemaking tradition throughout history, with references found in coins, jars, and amphorae from the Classical, Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine eras. Grape stomping was practised in marble troughs, and in recent times, it shifted to outdoor stone wine-presses called “patitiria“. These were low, rectangular structures built on stable terrain, and their designs varied based on vineyard size and soil conditions.

Grape juice was transported to barrels stored in warehouses via mules. Paros viticulture thrived, producing millions of barrels of wine annually.

The island had large semi-industrial wineries, like Moraitis Winery, Aliprantis Winery, the Union of Agricultural Cooperatives and many more recently.