“Raisins the highest”
The world-renowned and internationally recognized black currant of Aigio Vostitsa is considered the best and stands out for its distinctive aroma, juicy taste and great nutritional value. Its virtues include its rich content of vitamins, its low sugar content, the absence of fats, its antioxidant and anti-cancer activity.
It bears the name Vostitsa, as the Aigio did in medieval times. Greek Superfood is cultivated exclusively on the slopes of Aigialia and is produced by completely natural processes. Its superior quality and high reputation are also due not only to its long tradition, but also to its diligent work, constant care, faith and the love of the local producers.
“The Goddess Raisin”
When a product, and even more so when a product is of the mother earth, is inextricably linked to its place, it can only be ‘worship’. So is the “princess” raisin for the Aigialites. Everyone is bowing to the “deity” who not only was the driving force of Greece’s agricultural production, but led the whole region to prosperity, making Aegio the Achaean Riviera, while playing a catalytic role in the country’s social, political and economic history. us.
During the raisin years, with the establishment of the modern Greek state in 1830, its cultivation began to explode. Its demand in Europe’s demanding markets quickly made it our country’s first exportable product, automatically labeling it as national. The economic changes in the area were a natural consequence of changing the social fabric of the place. Changes that the “raisin society” welcomed. New buildings and neoclassical mansions are being erected, buildings of great cultural and heritage significance signed by master architects such as Ziller. Ports are upgraded or created. The Peloponnese Railway and the Corinth Canal become a reality. A new order of things is also emerging for the locals as they also follow a rich life. They watch theatrical performances, participate in clubs and cultural associations while dressing and dressing their homes with expensive things from Western European countries where the currant was exported.
“Raisin the protagonist”
Aigio and the ruined caskets of the harbor are starring in Theodoros Angelopoulos’ film “Thiasos”. Narrators, and these in turn in the political history of our country, tell the viewer with their “silent” reason the events of the time. Witnesses of a glorious age, stubbornly opposed to time and time.
“The Raisin in Numbers”
160,000 are the acres cultivated.
42,000 tonnes of dried raisins are produced annually.
34,000 tonnes are exported abroad every year.
In 1893, Charilaos Trikoupis exclaimed, “Unfortunately we were bankrupt”. The main reason for the bankruptcy of Greece, the decline in raisin trade.
In 1925 the Autonomous Raisin Organization was founded.
In 1948 the first raisin factory is built on the beach of Aigio.
In 1993 the currant is recognized as a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO)
250 grams of raisins per 100 grams.
40% is the share of Greek production and 35% of the world production of currants.
80% is the percentage of the vineyard of Aigialia.
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