Viticultural zone of Zitsa

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Zitsa, is situated on the western slopes of the Pindos range at altitude of 700m, having the highest annual rainfall level in Greece. The local Debina white grape varietal occupies about 125 hectares, yielding dry and sparkling wines. Debina vines are cordon-trained one-sidedly, with some goblet-pruned exceptions, and harvesting takes place in the second half of September. Traditionally, the greater Zitsa area has produced sparkling wines, as the resumption of fermentation in the spring after the winter interruption due to the cold weather would produce carbon dioxide in the sealed canisters or barrels. This is the method through which PDO Zitsa has traditionally produced the only PDO sparkling white wine in Greece.