Varietal Composition: 100% Malagouzia
Region: Linear layout of organic farming in Plagia fand in Bidablas, both part of the Goumenissa wine region, North Greece
Soil: Light-textured clayey-sandy
Winemaking: Very careful selection of the grapes, foot stomped, spontaneous fermentation in amphora with no additions, remaining with the marcs for 1 month, unfined and unfiltered, with a small amount of sulfites (19ppm total sulfites). Finally maturation for 4 months in old French oak barrels (6 years old).
Tasting Characteristics: Bright orange color with bronze hints and a light turbidity. Aromas of orange zest, dried apricot and flowers, cedar, honey, bergamot and kumquat aromas. Structured palate with good tannin level, balanced acidity and long finish.
TA: 4.7 g/L
Free SO2: 6ppm
Total SO2: 19ppm
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."