What exactly are P.G.I. Velvendo Wines?
European Quality Scheme
To protect the uniqueness of certain food products, the European Union has launched a specific legislation, establishing two levels of recognition: PDO and PGI, through which it aims to protect the products’ names and their typical qualities from imitations and abuses, to support the different products and to help consumers in choosing food products, by providing information and guarantees with respect to their own characteristics.The PGI Velvendo Wines are recognized by the European quality scheme, “Protected Geographical Indication” (PGI), which indicates a mark of origin that is recognized to those food products for which the specific quality, reputation or other characteristics are closely dependent on the ability of production, processing and/or preparation, developed in the specific geographical area of Velvendo. To obtain the PGI, therefore, at least one phase of the production process must occur in a particular area. Who makes PGI products must follow the strict production rules laid down in the product specification, and compliance with these rules is guaranteed by a specific independent control body (Technical file PGI-GR-A1529).
In the district of Kozani, in western Macedonia’s southern part, the PGI Velvendos zone (est. 2000) is defined by the boundaries of the municipal area of the same name.
Situated in the southwestern part of the Kozani district, the Velvendos area is mainly known for its fruit and extensive orchards. In recent years, however, winegrowing has also been showing impressive growth, with vineyards perched on the area’s tranquil hillsides, overlooking the artificial lake of Polyfytos, and nestled in an especially charming setting. Today, the PGI Velvendos wines are produced by three wineries in the area.