Local Products of Zakynthos
A significant source of income for farmers on the island of Zante is the cultivation of black grapes. They are then left in the sun to dry and become currants.
These are used in Greece to make other products but are also exported to other European countries.
Wines of Zakynthos - Zakyntian Wineries
The island of Zakynthos is well known for its many large vineyards which produce many types of wine.
Most families make their own wine to accompany meals. This is tradition which is still alive in many villages.
Each wine has a unique taste, color and aroma as it comes from a variety of grapes
Zakynthian wines are sold all over Greece as well as abroad.
Click on the links below to visit websites of Zakynthian wine producers
Oenolpi Winery - (www.oenolpi.gr)
Art & Wine Winery - (www.artandwine.gr)
Olive oil of Zakynthosl
Olive groves cover a large part of the island of Zakynthos and therefore a big part of local income derives from the sale of olive oil.
Families and workers usually harvest the olives around the month of November and then proceed to take them to the local village’s processing plant where the olive oil is extracted.
The Zakynthian olive oil is of high quality and thus very popular in the countries where it is exported to.
In many mountain villages in Zante, you will find families that have been making honey for many years.
You can find this fine quality natural product either in shops with traditional products on the island or directly from the local producers who sell it by the roadside in most mountain villages.
Cheese production of Zakynthos Island
Zakynthos is renowned for a special kind of cheese called Ladotyri. It is a hard cheese produced from milk from goats and sheep only on the island of Zakynthos.
The name Ladotyri comes from the combination of the Greek words for oil and cheese. The traditional procedure followed to produce it involves it being kept for long periods of time in olive oil giving it thus a wonderful spicy flavor.
Mandolato - Fytoura - Pasteli
Mandolato, Fytoura and Pasteli are traditional Zakynthian sweets. Their recipes have been passed down from one generation to the next.
The Mandolato is mainly nougat made with egg whites, honey, sugar and almonds and is usually consumed during Carnival time.
The Fytoura is made from semolina which is fried and covered in lots of sugar and cinnamon.
The Pasteli is made of sesame seeds, honey and almonds.
Both of these are sold throughout the year in stalls in Zakynthos Town and shops.
"Zante Pleasure" - Mantolato factory - (www.mantolato.gr )
There are numerous pottery workshops on the island of Zakynthos that create beautiful handcrafted ceramics.
Some offer you the chance to watch the whole process and even create your own works of art. Ceramics are made by molding clay. It is then decorated using spikes and traditional tools, fired in a kiln, colored and glazed.
Using the designs and techniques of Byzantine ceramics it is very hard to find two same pieces and therefore each one is unique.