Type: Dry Red
Varietal Composition: 100% Negoska
Region: Linear layout of organic farming in Fyliria (Goumenissa wine region), Northern Greece
Soil: Medium-textured sandy-clay
Winemaking: This wine is a blend between two different harvest dates of Negoska grapes- one early and one late. Grapes are harvested carefully hand selected and crushed before being allowed to go through spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel tanks, without additives, fining or filtration and with very low sulfur content. The early harvested grapes undergo skin maceration for 5 days while the late harvested ones for 3 weeks. Following fermentation, the skins are lightly pressed, and the wine is aged in separate French oak barrels for an additional 4 months. After aging, the 2 harvests are blended resulting in this balanced red wine.
Tasting Characteristics: This wine has an intense red color with hints of violet and a low turbidity. The bouquet is composed of black cherries, small red fruits, liquorice, vanilla, spices and green pepper. The pallet is full bodied and structured with good tannins, balanced acidity and a long finish.
Today the vineyard of Domaine Chatzivariti consists of 120 acres . Emphasizing the quality of the grapes , soil fertility and environmental protection organic farming was chosen .Chatzivaritis Estate focuses on the Greek varieties of Xinomavro, Negoska, Roditis and Assyrtico, and also cultures the popular Sauvignon Blanc , Merlot , Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon in smaller areas.
In 1994 the first 50 acres vineyard in Bindabla area (light-textured sandy loaw soil) were planted. Expansion of the vineyard was inevitable and it was done gradually in the area of Filyria (medium –textured sandy clay soil). Today the vineyard of Domaine Chatzivariti consists of 120 acres . Emphasizing the quality of the grapes , soil fertility and environmental protection organic farming was chosen .
Local storytelling says that the indigenous Greek varieties of the Xinomavro and the Negroska from which the P.D.O. Goumenissa Chatzivaritis is produced, was the wine of choice of Philip, the King of Macedonia, father of Alexander the Great. Further to this, legend also has it that great quantities of wine from the region were transferred during the 1st World War to France because it was so exquisite.
As the Vangelis Chatzivaritis says on the above: "Our story is far less grandiose. But it is a story made out of long summer Mediterranean-style family gatherings, endless late night discussions intoxicated by the love for winemaking and a wine that speaks for itself."