Xinomavro grape

Xynomavro is a dark-skinned grape variety widely planted in northern Greece and, to a lesser extent, the Macedonian Republic. The variety is highly regarded in its native Greece as the finest red wine the country has to offer. With its characteristically high tannin and acidity, Xynomavro is structurally one of the biggest red wines in the Mediterranean, and indeed Europe.

The word Xynomavro itself is a conjunction of the Greek words for acid and black, though this is often translated as black and sour. Younger examples of Xynomavro remain true to their name, although the wine’s structure allows it to age gracefully for many years. Xynomavro is relatively versatile and often appears as rose or base for sparkling wines.

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