The most notable variety of Nemea. These wines stand out for their deep rep colour and aromatic complexity. Soft tannins in combination with acidity allow for both fresh, aromatic, young reds and extraordinary ageing reds.
Pale-coloured, Cretan grape, that is a truly Mediterranean variety. Kotsifali has high alcohol content, intense red fruit aromas and moderate acidity. Kotsifali needs a blending partner that can add colour, acidity and tannins, usually Mandilaria.
An ancient grape variety indigenous to the island of Limnos; first mentioned by Homer. The wines are full of fresh herbs and small-berried fruit aromas, coming across with clarity and intensity. The palate displays moderate tannins, relatively low acidity and moderate-full body.
Also Limniona is the rising star of the Greek red grape varieties saved from extinction when only few vines were left. The wines combine extract, concentration, acidity and flavour without leaning towards fatness and volume. Limniona is thought to be originating from Thessaly although it is increasingly found in other regions all over Greece.
Krassato is the heart of Rapsani, the red dry wine made out of the vineyards of the “godly” Mount Olympus. Krassato yields wines with a deep ruby red colour, a nose full of character, showing leather notes and black, sweet fruits. On the palate they are rich, high in extract, dense in structure, moderate in tannin and relatively high in alcohol. Krassato responds very well to oak aging, especially in top quality new oak barriques.
The Mavroudi variety owes its name to the dark, nearly black colour of its berries. This dark colour is also the reason why Mavroudi is used mostly in the production of dark red wines, though they remain rare. Either on its own or as part of a blend, Mavroudi is stamped with such a forceful personality that no oenophile worth his wine can remain indifferent to it.
Also known as Amorgiano, mainly cultivated on the islands of Rhodes and Crete. The most deep-coloured variety in Greece with intensity of aromas and flavours. Relatively small bodied but with plenty of acidity and tannin. Therefore, Mandilaria’s role is frequently to act as a colouring agent in many blends.
Mainly found in the Pelponnesean regions of Achaia and Ilia (as well as the Ionian Islands). Usually associated with a pale tawny-red, sweet, fortified wine. Silky, fine-grained and faintly tannic; impressive and extraordinarily complex when aged in oak barrels for years, even decades. Very promising dry varietal reds too.
Relatively recent discovery, found on the island of Santorini, with deep, dense colour, a concentrated and “old viney” nose, but without a single note of hotness. It is rich on the palate and coated with graceful tannins that can stand up to two years in oak. A rising star.
Stavroto is cultivated only in the area of Rapsani, central Greece, where together with Krassato and Ximomavro it yields PDO Rapsani wines. Its resplendent colour is responsible for the ruby red in Rapsani wines while its ostensibly tough tannins soften quickly giving way to those of Xinomavro without, however, relinquishing their hold on its own spicy aromas and taste.
The predominant grape variety in Macedonia, producing wines that rise to prominence with aging. Displays bright red colour, strong tannins, good structure and elegance. Xinomavro displays a complex aromatic character, with red fruits, tomatoes, olives, subtle spice, dried prunes, tobacco and nuts present, accompanied with wood ageing characteristics. Long ageing potential in bottle.