Naoussa, in the hills of Macedonia, is another wine region. It’s most famous for producing Xinomavro… the King of Greek grapes. We asked sommelier and consultant Kavita Faiella to tell us what she knows about this lovely place.
1. The wine region of Naoussa is located in the north of Greece in the greater area known as Macedonia
Macedonia is both a region in northern Greece, a country in south-east Europe (Republic of Macedonia) and an ancient kingdom (Alexander the Great).
2. Naoussa is also famous for its stone fruits.
In summer you will find orchards full of peaches, plums and the most delicious cherries! Hence the jam brand Naousa is also famous across Greece.
3. The weather of Naoussa is largely influenced by Mount Vermion (2000m)
The Vermio Mountains are the home of Greece’s ski resorts. That’s right – you can can ski in Greece!
4. Naoussa is the home of Xinomavro
Xinomavro, a tannic red varietal, is thought of as the King of Greek grapes, whose Queen is most certainly Assyrtiko.
5. Wines of Naoussa are often referred to as ‘Greek Burgundy’.
The region produces some of the country’s most elegant and age-worthy wines made from Xinomavro, which are also lighter in colour.
6. Xinomavro literally translates to acid (xino) black (mavro) or black acid…
Sounds more like a heavy metal band, but also gives you an indication of the high acid levels of this wine.
7. Just like oysters and Chablis or hot chips and Champagne…
The perfect pairing for Xinomavro is lamb. Bring on the souvlaki!