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Agricultural Cooperative Opens Visitors' Centre

by Jeff Carson, August 2001
The Enosi Agrotikon Synetairismon, or Agricultural Cooperative of Paros, has been producing good wine and good olive oil for decades. And shopping at its attractive store in Paroikia (in Mando Square under the Police Station), you cannot but be aware of the steady rise in quality. The Enosis building, in the area of Aghios Georgios, Livadia, on the Kamares Road, is a fascinating place, especially during grape or olive season.

This summer, the Enosis Winery has opened a new Visitors’ Centre in their beautiful new reception hall/gallery; it will undoubtedly prove popular with groups as well as with anyone interested in this old but constantly renewing centre for Paros’ agricultural traditions.

The Visitors’ Centre offers a tour that shows and explains the process and machines used for wine-making and the cava where the wine is aged in barrels. This is followed by a fifteen-minute slide show on the history of Paros, her beauties and farming traditions, and - most delectably - a wine tasting, accompanied by local cheese and paximadi (twice-baked bread).

In the gallery, visitors have a chance to look at an exhibition that pertains to the subject; this summer it will be a fifty-piece photography essay by Elizabeth Carson on the surviving traditional farming methods. These photographs are a record of the still vital agricultural traditions of the Parian people and they record seasonal work on the three great staples of the Mediterranean - the grape, the olive and grain.

The formal tour (1000drs. per person) is available for groups of at least five persons; individuals may wander about on their own or join a forming tour. The regular schedule is Monday through Friday, from 10:00 to 13:00.

Contact guide Alexis Gokas on the Enosis’ second floor, or call him at 22235.

Editor’s Note: See also article on page 7.
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