Krassato is a red wine grape variety, primarily grown in Greece. It is usually blended with other varieties, most notably Xinomavro, to produce wines in the Rapsani appellation. With its bright cherry colour and juicy acidity, Krassato makes for a pleasant drinking experience.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Krassato wines are light- to medium-bodied with a bright red cherry colour. Aromas of red cherries, cranberry, herbs and spices are common, with a hint of floral notes. On the palate, Krassato wines typically have a juicy acidity with flavors of red fruit and a hint of smoked herbs.

Fresh Krassato grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Krassato is primarily grown in Greece, where it is used as a blending grape in Rapsani appellation wines. It is also grown in small amounts in North Macedonia and Bulgaria. Krassato is a low-yielding variety that is sensitive to temperature changes. It is best grown on well-drained, limestone-rich soils at high elevations. The grapes are typically harvested in late September or early October, when they are ripe and have a good balance of acidity and sweetness. Winemakers use traditional techniques to produce Krassato wines, such as extended maceration and aging in oak barrels. Krassato wines from the Rapsani appellation are usually blends of Krassato, Xinomavro and Stavroto. These wines are medium- to full-bodied with a bright ruby colour and aromas of red fruit, spices and herbs. On the palate, they have a juicy acidity and high tannins with flavors of red cherries, cranberry and a hint of smokiness. Krassato wines pair well with grilled meats, roasted vegetables, and tomato-based sauces. They also pair nicely with hard cheeses and charcuterie.

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Fun Fact about Krassato
Krassato is believed to have originated in the northern part of Greece, specifically the mountainous regions of Macedonia and Thrace.

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