Xinomavro is often referred to as the "noble grape of the north" due to its reputation for producing high-quality and age-worthy red wines in Greece
Varietal Origin: Xinomavro is believed to have originated in the northern regions of Greece, particularly in the Naoussa and Amynteo areas. It is one of the most widely planted red grape varieties in Greece and is known for its adaptability to different terroirs.
Taste Profile: Xinomavro wines are known for their high acidity, firm tannins, and complex flavors. They often exhibit notes of dark red fruits, such as cherry and plum, along with earthy, savory, and spicy characteristics. Xinomavro wines have good aging potential and can develop complex flavors and nuances with time in the bottle.
Regional Styles: Xinomavro is primarily used in the production of red wines in Greece, particularly in the regions of Naoussa and Amynteo. In Naoussa, Xinomavro is used to produce dry red wines with a robust and structured profile, often compared to Nebbiolo from Italy. In Amynteo, it is used to produce both dry and sweet wines with a lighter, more aromatic profile. Xinomavro is also used in blends with other red grape varieties to add complexity and structure to the final wines