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Xinomavro

Xinomavro
Xinomavro is a dark-skinned red grape variety native to the Macedonia wine region of Greece. The name of the grape means "acid-black" in Greek, although the colour of the berries is not that deep coloured. Xinomavro is a late-ripening vine susceptible to downy mildew and botrytis, and to a lesser extent to powdery mildew. The grape produces intense coloured, acidic red wines with ageing potential. With the ageing, the wines from Xinomavro develop diverse aromas of strawberries, plums, tomatoes, olives and dried fruits. The wines from this grape are traditionally aged at least two years of which having spent a significant proportion of that time in oak and in the bottle, before they come to the market. The best expression of the Greece signature red grape is coming from the sub-region of Macedonia called Naoussa, although it is planted all over the country. The grape is often compared with Nebiolo and thought to be relatives, but DNA tests have confirmed the contrary. Outside Greece is nowhere to be found. A remarkable grape variety which is the red wine star of Greece.

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