Wine seperated in four types:
- Sun – dried a mixture of white and red grapes which are exposed to the sun for eight days and after that they are placed in a covered apparatus , the result is to have high quality sweet white wine.
- Dry white wine.
- Red wine.
- Absinthe wine (a type of Vermouth) , this wine is sweet and delicious . The locals in Siatista keeps the wine for three, four, five and sometimes more years at the barrels, tastefully and flavored as in civilized Europe. Excellent wine is produced in stony places.
Traveler Francois Pouqueville visited Siatista in 1806 wrotes in his book «Travelling to western Macedonia. Spring of 1806.» Siatista is a place of peace, her school a pure source of morality and her distinct population what an example of harmony. Across the Macedonia they are proud for their pastries and more specific for their pies, a kind of a Siatista leaf pie which they are sending throughout the empire. Wines are also famous and I believe that they are the best in whole Macedonia.
In the Encyclopedia of Lexicology, vol.3, by Bart and Hirs, January 1892, in the entry «wine» we read «… of the wines of the Greek slave named Naoussi, Gomentzas and Siatistis».
Unfortunatelly the appearance of “phylloxera” and the occupation of residents to other activities have resulted in a significant reduction in viticulture.
We must notice that only at Siatista area 15.000 hectares of vinellards were cultivated at the past, today it is reduced less than 2.000 hectares.