By TED LELEKAS
The beautiful island of Naxos, where my wife and I spent the early part of our Summer holidays, is a popular summer holiday destination for Greek and international tourists alike. It is a big island in the Cyclades that is surrounded by beautiful, crystal-blue beaches, and is best known for its top quality PDO cheese, its tasty meats and its world-famous potatoes.
Naxos was one of the first islands in the Aegean to cultivate the vine and produce wine. However, due to post-war immigration and the commercial growth of the Naxos potato, the island’s vineyards have either been replaced by potato plantations, or completely abandoned.
Being on holiday and not being able to engage in any form of wine tourism was very disappointing for me. I was, however, more than compensated by my discovery of a local distillate called « Citron of Naxos« : the highly aromatic, ultra-limited production eau-de-vie that’s being produced on the island in the same, traditional way since 1896. (suite…)