Kechris winery is one of the most traditional family wineries of Northern Greece. It all began in 1911, when Evangelos Kechris bottled wine, introducing to the Greek market glass bottles, imported from the USA.
In 1954 the company gets its recent form, as a modern winery-distillery under the name of “Kechri Bros.” In 1972 Kechri products cross the Greek borders succesfully and in 1984, the traditional liqeuers “Doriki” are born. By that time the company is directed by Stelios Kechris. He studied chemistry at the University of Thessaloniki and in 1978 he obtained an Enology degree from the University of Dijon, France. He and his wife Konstantia continue the family’s winemaking tradition reaching their visin of enhancing the image of Greek wines worldwide.
It is probably the first special type of wine produced in Greece, since we find it’s origins in antiquity. Our ancestors used to seal the wine-vessels (amphorae) using resin from pine trees, in order to extend the wines’ life. The result was a wine with a hint of resin aroma and flavor. Today this white resinated wine is called Retsina. We name our wine “Kechribari” (meaning amber in Greek), because their relationship is unbreakable, given that amber is a semi-precious stone created by the fossilized resin of pine trees.
Our “Kechribari” restsina was born in 1939. Seven decades later, this wine still maintains its pure aroma and flavor, a distinguished taste verifying our faith in this traditional Greek wine. What makes our retsina stand out is the resin’s controlled, high quality and the selected origin.
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NV KechriBari Retsina, Traditional Greek wine, 86 points.
Regional: Lemon-Pepper Calamari. World: sushi, sashimi, baby squid, grilled octopus, grilled fish, fish salads, matured cream cheeses.
“Kechribari” stands for amber (fossilized pine tree resin). Being either loved or despised by crowds of tourists and wine-connaisseurs alike, this wine definitely out-ranks the usual mainstream Retsinas. Yellow green. Little viscosity. In the nose a balanced, delicate, mixture of white fruits and soft resin. The particular flavors of the high quality resin, together with crispy fruit, leaves a remarkable finish.
2010 Kechri, the Fourth Dimension, PGI Macedonia, 86 points.
Assyrtiko, Sauvignon blanc.
Regional: Spicy Macedonian Chicken. World: spicy chicken, grilled octopus, grilled fish, charcuterie, summer salads.
Bright yellow. Light viscosity. Tropical fruit aromas and flavors like mango, melon and grapefruit mingle gently with soft, oaky undertones and vivid acidity. Elegant marriage of Sauvignon blanc and the classic indigenous Assyrtico. “Fourth dimension” stands for the fourth generation of this wine-making family!
2010 Kechri, The Pine Tear, PGI Macedonia, 87 points.
Regional: Octopus. World: baby squid, oysters, crustaceans, octopus, classic Greek fish dishes.
Light golden. Medium viscosity. If you ever sat under a “Pevka” (pine tree) on a Greek beach, this wine should bring back great memories! Soft fragrance of resin underlayes the crisp fruity tones of the splendid Assyrtiko.
Delicate flavors of Mediterranean herbs and round tannins. Truly my nr. 1. Retsina….