Red Varieties

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Agiorgitiko “a-GIOR-GEE_tekoo”

Blessed in all its expressions
A well known grape variety, even from ancient times. Quite popoular and well recognizeable among Greeks, it produces easy drinking wines that feature soft tannins, medium body and red fruit aromas – rasberries and cherries. Agiorgitiko pairs well with oak, as it lends its sweet spice aromas that deepen in density as the wine ages. A multi dynamic variety with wine products across the spectrum: wonderful deep roses, fresh reds, to aged super reds and dessert wines.

Although the vines are sensitive to illnesses, Agiorgitiko grapes yield good volumes and the harvest starts early September.
Agiorgitiko blends harmoniously with Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot.

It is worth mentioning that Nemea was the 1st wine region in Greece, back in the 1970s that the Appellation system was introduced.

Compliments beautifully:
Red | red meat, beef, lamb, pot roast with red sauce, pork, pasta with seafood in red sauces
Rose| Greek summer specialities, white meat, light pasta dishes, summer salads.

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Xinomavro “KSEE-no-MAAVROO”

Northern Greece charm!
The ‘noble’ variety of Naoussa, the other historical wine region of Greece. The wine features many dry tannins, high acidity, forest fruit aromas, sour cherry, black olives and an unexpected botanic taste of tomato! Xinomavro needs to age in order to soften the tannins and let the aromas mature. Wines from Xinomavro have been the longer aged wines in modern Greece. As a grape variety in the vineyard, Xinomavro is a challenge for the winemakers, since it adapts poorly in soils outside Naoussa. Harvest yields low quantities and it can last until the end of October. It needs the humidity from the soil and the atmosphere, but once maturation is complete on the vineyard (before harvest), Xinomavro wines will reflect all the varietal characteristics. A multi dynamic variety, it produces different styles, sparkling rose (dry and dessert), fruity roses, reds and super tannin reds. It blends beautifully with Negoska (a variety found in Gounenissa, Macedonia), with Stavroto and Krasato. A popular wine named “Rapsani” is produced by the blend of Xinomavro, Stavroto and Krasato (on specific ratios), from the mount Olympus region.

Accompanies pleasantly
Grilled red meat, game, red sauce entrees, seafood and red saused pasta dishes

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Mavrodaphne “MAAV-roo-DAPHNEE”

Spicy sweetness!

The variety that pended its name to the most famous Greek dessert wine, both in Greece and abroad, the Patras Mavrodaphne by Achaia Clauss, our own Porto style wine.
It is found planted in Achaia and the Ionian Island of Cephalonia. There, on the island of Cephalonia, they turn Mavrodaphne in wonderful dry red wines.
The vilification and barreling in oak, lends aromas of sweet spice, coffee, botanicals and caramel.
The dry reds that are favoured more by the younger winemakers, seems to have characteristics from the wines of the Douro Valley in Portugal.

Goes well with
Dry| grilled red meat, game, red suced casseroles, seafood and red pasta sauces
Dessert Wines | chocolate, dry fruits, blue cheeses

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Cabernet Sauvignon Map locations, Tourism - Itineraries - Greek wine

Cabernet sauvignon

European charm in the Greek vineyards!

The first roots were planted in the mountainous Metsovon in the 60s. The winning varietal characteristics convinced many Greek winemakers to include it in the vineyards.

Its deep colour, high tanins, acidity and the black berry fruit aromas, have pursued many Greek wine drinkers to include it in their favorite wine list. Cabernet Sauvignon prefers cold temperatures. The wines produced from Greek Cabernet are reminiscent those from Bordeaux, from warm vintages. Balanced acidity and tannins, fruity, can be aged for up to 10 years. Also found in blends with Greek red varieties.

Other notable Greek Red varieties include:

Limnio, Mavrotragano, Avgoustiatis, Mandilaria, Limionas, Liatiko,

Merlot, Syrah

Do try it with
Red meat beef, lamb, pork, pot roasts in red wine sauce, red sauce pasta dishes and seafood in red sauce.

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