Xinomavro, arguably the king of Greek red grapes, is the star in quite a few of the best and most acclaimed Greek wines. It is the emblematic variety of Naoussa and Amyndeo’s single variety PDO wines and the “chief” grape in the blended PDO wines of Goumenissa and Rapsani.
Xinomavro is a particular vine to grow, as it demands special terroir and care. It is no wonder it is compared to Piemonte’s Nebiolo, for its tortuous nature as well as its special characteristics. Xinomavro yields complex and multi-layered wines, with light ruby colour, medium high acidity, full body and thick tannins. A typical Xinomavro expresses a complex bouquet of aromas ranging from dark fruit, gooseberry and violet to tomato, tobacco, chocolate and even olive paste.
Xinomavro is ideal for long aging and can be enjoyed with game, lamb, rich meat casseroles and hard, mature cheese.