Ouzo is the traditional and most popular alcohol drink of Lesvos and it is almost synonymous with the island.
The tradition of Ouzo in Mytilene starts in mid-19th century. The island was in the middle of the triangle Istanbul – Smyrna – Alexandria, where the beverage industry was born. The first recipes were brought to the island by Greeks from Constantinople and Odessos.
The many distilleries and the special variety of aniseed which is only found on the island of Lesvos confirm in the best possible way the local tradition in the production of ouzo.
Varvagiannis (Url: http://www.barbayanni-ouzo.com/index-gr.html)
Yiannatsis (Url: http://www.giannatsis.gr/)
DIMINO (EBA) (Url: http://www.eva-distillery.gr/ouzodimino)
Isidoros Arvanitis (Url: http://www.ouzoplomari.gr/site/index.php)
Matarelli & Co.
Matthaios of Mytilene
Pitsiladis (Url: http://www.pitsiladi.gr/site/)
Samaras (Url: http://www.ouzosamara.gr/)
Smyrnio (L.E.V.A.) (Url: http://www.leva.gr/smirnio_main_gr.html)
Psaropoula (Url: http://www.ouzopsaropoula.gr/)
The wine of Lesvos has been known since ancient times. The wine from Mithymna was considered to be the nectar of the Olympus Gods. The native red variety of lesbian krasostafilo (wine-grape) is grown in the crater of the volcano in western Lesvos that the Petrified Forest created on the island. The delicate aroma and the unique flavor of the wine is due to this very specific nature of the soil.
The following varieties are grown: Fokiano (Ricara), Kalloniatiko and Moshato (Myrodato). In the mountainous area of Megalochori, of Plomari and of Karyona of Skopelos at Geras another variety is cultivated called “Mandilaria” (Gntoura & Vapsa), Athiri, Assyrtiko and white Moshato.
Although the wineries are still few in number, the modern wines of Lesvos can capture wine lovers with the quality, the diversity and their unique character.
Methymnaios (Url: http://www.methymnaeos.com/oi-arkhes-mas)
Enoforos Megalochori (Url: http://eshop.lesvios-oinos.gr/el/enoforos)