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Xinomavro

Xinomavro is one of the most important and widely planted grape varietals in Greece. It is a red wine grape variety, known for its intense tannins.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Xinomavro's berries are small to medium in size, dark blue or black in colour, with thick skins and high levels of tannins. In terms of aromas and flavours, Xinomavro produces a wide range of fragrant, fruity notes such as raspberry, cherry, blackberry, and mulberry, with subtle herbal and spice notes. On the palate, it is full-bodied and acidic, with a medium-high level of alcohol and fresh, lingering tannins.

Fresh Xinomavro grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Xinomavro is mainly grown in the Naoussa region of northern Greece, as well as in parts of Macedonia and Thrace. Xinomavro is a vigorous, mid-ripening variety that is sensitive to grape diseases and requires careful pruning in order to produce high-quality wines. In the vineyard, it is usually harvested at full maturity, with the best examples being aged for a minimum of 18 months before release. In the winery, it is typically fermented in stainless steel tanks or large wooden barrels and aged for a minimum of three years before release. Xinomavro is used to produce a wide range of styles, from light, fruity, and easy-drinking reds to complex, age-worthy wines. The most notable styles are the medium-bodied reds of Naoussa and the lighter, more elegant wines of Macedonia. Xinomavro pairs well with a wide range of foods, including grilled and roasted meats, game, and aged cheeses. It is also known for its ability to pair well with a variety of cuisines, including Greek, Mediterranean, and Italian.

Foods to pair with Xinomavro:

Beef
Game
Sausage
Smoky
Light meat
Salad
Fun Fact about Xinomavro
Xinomavro is sometimes referred to as the "king of Greek grapes" due to its prominence in the country's wine industry.

Top Wines with Xinomavro

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Kir Yianni Single Vineyard Xinomavro Ramnista

Kir Yianni

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Kir Yianni Single Vineyard Xinomavro Ramnista is a premium red wine produced by Kir Yianni winery in the Naoussa appellation of Greece. The wine is made from the Xinomavro grape variety, which is grown in the Ramnista vineyard, known for its high altitude and rocky soil. The winemaking process involves a combination of traditional and modern techniques, including extended maceration and aging in oak barrels. The resulting wine is full-bodied with intense aromas of red fruit, spices, and earthy notes. It has a complex flavor profile with firm tannins and a long finish, making it an excellent choice for aging. Kir Yianni Single Vineyard Xinomavro Ramnista is a must-try for wine enthusiasts looking for a unique and high-quality wine from Greece.
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Boutari Naoussa Boutari Grande Reserve

Boutari

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Boutari Naoussa Boutari Grande Reserve is a premium red wine produced by the renowned Greek winery, Boutari. It comes from the Naoussa appellation, which is known for its high-quality Xinomavro grapes. The vineyards are located on the slopes of Mount Vermio, at an altitude of 200-300 meters, and benefit from a continental climate and limestone soils. The wine is made using traditional winemaking techniques, including extended maceration and aging in oak barrels for 24 months. The result is a complex and elegant wine with aromas of red fruit, spices, and vanilla, and a medium-bodied, tannic palate with a long finish. It is a perfect match for grilled meats, stews, and aged cheeses.
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grilled meats
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Thymiopoulos Terre et Ciel

Thymiopoulos

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Thymiopoulos Terre et Ciel is a highly sought-after wine that showcases the expertise of its producer. Hailing from the renowned appellation of Naoussa in Greece, this wine is crafted from grapes grown in exceptional vineyards. The vineyard features unique soil composition and ideal climatic conditions, resulting in grapes of exceptional quality. The winemaking process involves careful selection and gentle handling of the grapes, followed by fermentation and aging in oak barrels. The resulting wine is characterized by its elegant style, with a harmonious balance of fruit flavors, refined tannins, and a long, lingering finish. Thymiopoulos Terre et Ciel is a true testament to the artistry and passion behind Greek winemaking.
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Thymiopoulos Young Vines Xinomavro Natural

Thymiopoulos

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Thymiopoulos Young Vines Xinomavro is a delightful red wine from Naoussa. It is crafted from carefully selected young vines. The vineyard features a unique terroir, with its high altitude and sandy soil contributing to the wine's distinct character. The winemaking process involves gentle extraction and aging in oak barrels, resulting in a wine that beautifully balances its vibrant fruit flavors with subtle hints of spice. With its medium body and elegant structure, Thymiopoulos Young Vines Xinomavro is a versatile wine that pairs well with a variety of dishes.
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Boutari Naoussa Boutari

Boutari

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Boutari Naoussa is a premium red wine produced by the renowned Greek winery, Boutari. It is made from the Xinomavro grape variety grown in the Naoussa appellation, which is known for its high-quality vineyards and ideal growing conditions. The wine is crafted using traditional winemaking techniques, including extended maceration and aging in oak barrels, resulting in a complex and full-bodied wine with rich aromas of red fruit, spices, and earthy notes. Boutari Naoussa is a perfect example of the unique terroir of the Naoussa region and is a must-try for any wine enthusiast looking for a high-quality Greek wine.
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