Located in the eastern Aegean Sea, Chios is a Greek island just 8 kilometers off the coast of Turkey, known for its wines made from grape varieties such as Chian Krasero, Assyrtiko, and Roditis. Although more famous for its anise-based liqueurs like Mastica and Ouzo, Chios has a rich winemaking history dating back to the 5th century BC.
The majority of viticulture occurs in the mountainous northern regions, particularly around Volissos, 20 kilometers from the main center of Chios. Chios' vineyards are typically planted at elevations up to 450m above sea level, often on terraced hillsides. The abundant sunshine and consistent breezes during the growing season contribute to a balanced development of flavor and acidity in the grapes.
Although there are no PDO-level appellations on Chios and only a few operating wineries, modern winemaking techniques have emerged in the past half-century.