The mountains of the wider Ioannina region, where animal husbandry
is the most important activity, saw the development of a big
daity tradition known to Greeks since the times of Homer.
The social contribution of this sector in the maintaining
and development of sheep-and-goat raising in the region is
very important. Using as raw material the fresh goat/sheep
milk and respecting the cheese-making traditions, many small
and medium sized units, as well as two of the major units
in the sector, are active today in Ioannina offering consumers
natural products of high standards. Fresh pasteurized milk,
natural healthy yoghourt and fresh butter are part of the
family of Ioannina dairy products.
The most dynamic product of the region is feta cheese and
the cheeses with Protected Appellation of Origine like "kefalograviera",
dry "mizithra", the Metsovone smoked cheese and
Other traditional products of the region are the graviera
and kefalotyri cheese, the goat cheese, the "anthotyro"
and many others. The unique taste and their exceptional quality
place genuine Ioannina dairy products at the top of Greek
and foreign consumers' preferences.
The flora rich in aromatic plants of the Prefecture of Ioannina,
among the environmentally cleanest in Greece, give to the
Ioannina dairy products their unique taste and aroma. The
operation of the most important units, in accordance with
international standards as to quality control, quarantees
the exceptional quality of products.