Type: Dry White
Varietal Composition: 100% Malagouzia
Region: Linear layout of organic farming in Plagia (Goumenissa wine region), Northern Greece
Soil: Light textured sandy-clay
Vinification: Grapes are carefully hand selected and lightly pressed. Spontaneous fermentation is allowed to take place in stainless steel tanks, with no additives, fining or filtration, and with very low sulfur content added before bottling. Following fermentation, the wine stays with the lees in the tank for 4 months.
Tasting notes: This white wine has golden tones and a low level of turbidity. In the nose it is impressive and intense, with aromas of apricot, peaches, quince. The mouth is fresh with balanced acidity, low astringency 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."