Greece

Thymiopoulos

OenosNature Naoussa 2018

$25.00
A magnificent supple, elegant and very fragrant Xinomavro

Apostolos Thymiopoulos , a young and talented winemaker, owns some of the most beautiful vines in Naoussa. The Thymiopolos family has been making wine for generations, but the grapes were initially sold to the local cooperative winery. After obtaining his oenology diploma in Athens, Apostolos returned to the estate to change things a little. By working with his family, he establishes the principles biodynamic at the estate to produce wines without chemical inputs and respectful of the land.

This red wine made from Xinomavro , an indigenous Greek grape variety, comes from 3 plots of vines in the south of Naoussa . The vines are cultivated organically with full respect for the environment. After the manual harvest, the wine ferments with its native yeasts and is vinified without sulphites or other chemical inputs. It will age for 1.5 years in stainless steel vats. This wine reveals notes of dried tomato, strawberry jam, violet , cherry , cranberry , pomegranate and dried herbs . The palate is juicy, energetic with smooth tannins and a digestible finish.

Grape varieties : 100% Xinomavro

Alcohol : 12.5%

Guard : 5-10 years

To be enjoyed with a pork terrine with pepper, vegetables stuffed with meat, veal paupiettes, arancini with peppers or even gnocchi with Guanciale!

Long known as small table wines, notably with Retsina, a white wine infused with pine resin, Greek wines have increased in quality over the last 20 years. The history of wine is as old as that of Greece. More than 3000 years ago, traces of the oldest grape presses in the world were found on the island of Crete.



After stagnation throughout the 20th century, Greek wines experienced a dazzling improvement from a quality point of view thanks to its entry into the European Union, the training of young oenologists in very good European schools and particular attention to international demand. She does not want to take the easy route by using mainly great French grape varieties such as Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon which would greatly facilitate export. Nowadays, Greece wants to continue to cultivate and introduce its ancient grape varieties, which number around 300 in the territory.



The very first thing to understand is that Greece is much more diverse in terms of climate than most people think. The country clearly has everything from arid Mediterranean islands to humid, mountainous pine forests that receive snowfall in winter. With such a diverse climate, you can expect Greek wines to be very varied as well. So, one of the best ways to get an idea of ​​Greek wine is to divide the country into four overall wine-growing zones based on their climate: Northern Greece (humid climate), Aegean Islands (arid climate). ), Central Greece and Southern Greece (Mediterranean climate). The potential and reputation are greatly underestimated today in the eyes of the general public, which may bring pleasant surprises!

Naoussa

Naoussa (or Naousa) is a region and wine appellation located in the hills of Macedonia, northern Greece. It is located an hour's drive west of the regional capital Thessaloniki. Naoussa's climate is more continental (and less Mediterranean) than that of most Greek wine regions. The region is strongly influenced by the rapidly rising mountains to the west and the Kambania plain to the east. On the one hand, the mountains shelter the region from cold winds blowing from the north and west. On the other hand, they create winds, which suck in cool, humid air from the sea coast. Winters are particularly cold here; The Vermion Ranges are home to many of Greece's best ski resorts.

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