Located in Northern Greece's region of Macedonia, Pella's history is interwoven with wine. Ancient mosaics of the region illustrate fertile land and the god of wine, wrapped in vine leaves. After the Othoman governor forbade the use of water to build the Church of the Virgin Mary during the 19th century, locals mixed their mortar with wine. When traveling along the Galikos River during the 20th century, the French army documented the quality local wines found near their encampment. Phyloxera and the drainage of a nearby lake wreaked havoc on the region's grape cultivation during the 1900s, but centuries of know-how and love inspired by the vineyards ensured that viticulture in the region would withstand.