Negoska is a red Greek grape variety that is known for its dark colour, spicy aromas and robust, tannic palate. It is most commonly found in the northern regions of Greece, however it is also grown in other countries such as Romania and Bulgaria.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Negoska grapes are a deep purple or black colour. The thick, dark skins give the resulting wine a deep colour and intense flavour. Negoska wines have aromas of blackberry, black cherry and spice, with an undertone of leather. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied and tannic, with flavours of blackberry, black cherry and pepper.

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Regional Features & Food Pairings

In Greece, Negoska is mainly grown in the northern regions of Macedonia, Thrace, and Epirus. In Romania, the grape is grown in the Dealu Mare region, and in Bulgaria it is found in the Thracian Valley. Negoska is a late ripening variety and needs a long, warm growing season to reach optimal ripeness. It is best suited to warm locations and can be quite susceptible to rot in wetter conditions. The grapes are usually harvested at the end of September or early October. In the winery, the grapes are fermented on their skins for an extended period of time to extract as much colour and flavour as possible. The wine is then often aged in oak barrels for up to two years, with some producers opting for longer aging. In Greece, Negoska is made in a variety of styles, from light and fruity to full-bodied and tannic. The wines from Macedonia and Thrace are usually full-bodied and rich, with aromas of blackberry, leather and spice. In Epirus, the wines are lighter and more fruit-driven, with aromas of black cherry and pepper. In Romania, Negoska is used to make a light and fruity red wine, with aromas of blackberry and spice. In Bulgaria, the grape is blended with other local varieties to make a full-bodied and tannic red wine. Negoska wines are best enjoyed with rich and flavoursome dishes such as grilled meats, stews, and game. The wine's tannic structure and full body make it a perfect pairing for dishes with bold flavours.

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Fun Fact about Negoska
Negoska may be a Greek grape variety, but it is also found in other countries such as Romania and Bulgaria.

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