"Naoussa, or Niaousta. A town known for its exceptional wine ..." (Meletios, Geography, 1st Edition, 1728).
The initiation of viniculture in the Naoussa area is lost in the past, while the fame of the wines of Naoussa passed, from early on, the country's borders and spread all over the world. Greek mythology mentions that on the slopes of Mount Vermio, at the foot of which Naoussa is now perched, Semele, mother of Dionysus, once lived, and his companion and splendid dancer, Silenus, was born. In 1987, by initiative of the O.I.V. (International Office for Vine and Wine), Naoussa was declared International City of Vine and Wine.
From the few clues we have about the wine of Naoussa, we may confirm its long tradition. The first evidence pertaining to the history of viniculture in the area dates from 1700. At that time, the xinomavro, negoska, naousseiko, sefka, prekniariko, and other varieties of grapes were cultivated in the area's vineyards.
Pouqueville, Voyage de la Grece, 1826: "The wine of Naoussa is one of the best in Macedonia. The grapes from which this wine is produced have a dry tart taste, for this reason the wine of Naoussa may be consumed even four or five years after its vintage..."
Cousinery, Voyage dans la Macedoine, 1831: "The wine of Naoussa is to Macedonia what Burgundy wine is to France. It always sells at twice the price of other wines... It is transported to Thessaloniki and Serres, where it is consumed in large quantities. I am in a position to confirm that Naoussa wine is considered the best of all wines produced in the Ottoman Empire."