All about Naoussa, Central Macedonia.

The VAENI Naoussa Co-op is one of the most highly progressive wine-producing units in Greece.

It is a giant producer representing 50 per cent of the local wine production, which comes from an area renowned for its exquisite red wines. The co-operative counts 200 members -experienced vine growers- who are driven by their profound love for quality wines. That vital human factor, combined with the use of advanced technology, can guarantee the quality of the wine, which is mainly sourced from Xinomavro, an indigenous variety dominating northern Greece.

The winery is staffed with qualified experts and operates according to the European standards. It is situated within the boundaries of the viticultural region, which is an advantage for the product itself. What characterizes the company’s course is experience, reliability and an artistic feeling.

Today the VAENI wines are exported to China, Russia, the USA, Canada, Kazakhstan, Australia, Dubai, N.Zealand, Japan, Ukraine, Belarus, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Poland, England, Serbia and Cyprus. Their distinctive superiority can be identified right from the first drain.

The VAENI Naoussa Co-op, wishing to ensure the quality of the wine and aiming to support and promote the product in Greek and foreign markets, has been a member of the following wine-related organizations:

  • Wine Producers Association of the Northern Greece Vineyard
  • National Interprofessional Organization of Vine and Wine

The winery was built in 1984 together with the establishment of the wine co-operatives, and it is situated at the 22nd Km Veria-Edessa Rd. As it stands today, it consists of separate sections for vinification, cask and bottle ageing (at the basement of the building), bottling and storing of the finished products. On the first floor there is a chemistry and analysis laboratory as well as the accounts department. The winery also includes a reception room and a wine boutique. All places are accessible to visitors.

Apart from the premises, the co-operative owns a current acreage of 2,3 hectares (23 stremmata), 2 of which are planted with the Merlot variety and the rest 0,3 ha with the Xinomavro variety. Planting density is 3.300 plants per hectare.

The vines are linear, developed at double lanyard and allow of short pruning. The rootstock onto which Xinomavro has been grafted is the 110R whereas the 1103P has been used for the Merlot.

On a stretch of this land we practice organic farming, for experimental purposes, and the cultivation is certified as organic by DIO (authorized Organization).

winery iconPlease see HERE the official website of Vaeni Naoussa.

shopPlease click HERE for prices and retailers of Vaeni Naoussa wines.

logo graperoverThe wines of Vaeni Naoussa tasted by GrapeRover:

2011 Vaeni Makedonikos white, PGI Macedonia, 82 points.

vaeni whitered grape clip100% xinomavro (blanc de noir)

1_dio_newDio organic certified.

vmlRegional: Seafood pasta. World: aperative, Asian food, fish-curries, steamed fish, charcuterie, rich cheeses.

logo graperoverA semi-dry wine made without pressure from red grapes of the noble Xinomavro variety. This wine has the primary spirit, the brilliance and the aroma but not the colour of red grapes.

 

 

2011 Vaeni Dogmatikos, PGI Macedonia, 84 points.

wein-vaeni-naoussa-dogmatikosred grape clip100% xinomavro (blanc de noir)

1_dio_newDio organic certified.

vmlRegional: Grilled whiting. World: aperative, Asian food, fish-curries, steamed fish, charcuterie, rich cheeses.

logo graperoverColour that reveals that red grapes have been used for this wine. It is noted for its rich mixture of fruity aromas on the palate with the prevalence of peach, marakugia and apricot. Plenty of character, with an attractive bite on the palate. 

2009 Vaeni Damaskinos red, PDO Naoussa, 87 points.

download (29)red grape clip100% xinomavro

1_dio_newDio organic certified.

wine barrel18 months French oak (used).

vmlRegional: Roasted Goat. World: prime (grilled) meat, meat casseroles, Asian food, game, rich matured cheeses.

logo graperoverGarnet. Briny olives, cranberries, with sweet tomatoes peeping through. Sweet entry, good fruit and a slightly floral aspect on the palate. Medium – body, silky medium tannins and medium + acidity. 

 

2009 Vaeni Entechnos, PGI Imathia, 87 points.

download (30)red grape clipxynomavro (60%) / merlot (40%)

1_dio_newDio organic certified.

wine barrel12 months French oak (used).

vmlRegional: Cypriot lamb souvla. World: prime (grilled) meat, meat casseroles, Asian food, game, rich matured cheeses.

logo graperoverFairly light wine with crisp acidity but with so much flavor and aroma in it. Strawberry, cherry and savory spice with a touch of oak. Immensely drinkable with soft tannins and …very affordable.

 

2009 Vaeni Naoussa, PDO Naoussa, 88 points.

2006-Vaeni-Naoussa-Xinomavro-Naoussared grape clip100% xinomavro

1_dio_newDio organic certified.

wine barrel12 months French oak.

vmlRegional: Braised lamb Trahana. World: prime (grilled) meat, meat casseroles, Asian food, game, rich matured cheeses.

logo graperoverSlightly medicinal nose, small dark berries and medicinal herbs. Tart dark berry fruit on the palate, hints of tar and some violets, firm, delicately juicy, piquant bitter herbaceous notes, medium, integrated tannins, has backbone, light acid bite, clear vareital character, also shows its origins, light mineral notes, already quite harmonious, but still has some way to go in its development, slightly astringent on a very good finish.