Koniaros grape

Area grown: Serres, Macedonia, in the far north of Greece, close to the Bulgarian border. Currently Domaine Nerantzi is the only producer of a varietal Koniaros.

History: Koniaros is an ancient variety that had been left behind due to low yields. Nerantzi Mitropoulos came across vines in 1998. He had them DNA tested, registered Koniaros with the authorities, preserved and cultivates it.

Grapes: Large, thick skinned berries. Koniaros is a late ripening variety; harvest typically takes place in the last week of September.

Nose/Bouquet: Blackberries, cocoa, coffee, spicy. Medium plus bodied, firm tannins with matching acidity, extracted fruit; smooth and elegant, alcohol level is 13%.

(Courtesy Elloinos)