Xinomavro is a thick-skinned, sun-loving red grape indigenous to northern Greece. Although one of around 200 varieties native to the Aegean nation, xinomavro is one of the more well-known exports (alongside agioritoko, assyrtiko and malagousia). While off-dry, sparkling and rosé examples can be found, it’s predominantly used to make dry red wines with outstanding ageability.
Xinomavro is a red grape indigenous to northern Greece.
Signature characters range from stewed raspberries to plums, ripe tomato, tobacco and baking spices. Traditionally, tannins have been tamed by heavy oak use, but a new wave of winemakers has been pulling back for a more nuanced approach. Much like we’re seeing in Australia with shiraz versus syrah.
Try these examples from Greece: 2021 Thymiopoulos Young Vines Xinomavro (Náoussa), 2019 Thymiopoulos ATMA Red Xinomavro Mandilaria (Macedonia), 2018 Kir-Yianni Ramnista Xinomavro (Náoussa), 2022 Kir-Yianni L’Esprit Du Lac Rosé (Amyndeon).
Xinomavro loves to barbecue.
Image credit: Mordrelle Wines.