Varietal Composition: 100% Assyrtiko
Region: Linear layout in Fyliria (Goumenissa wine region), North Greece
Soil: Medium-textured clayey-sandy
Winemaking: Very careful selection of the grapes, foot stomped, pre-fermentation cold maceration for 2 days, spontaneous fermentation in old French oak barrel (6 years old) with no additions, wine remaining with the lees for 3 months with. Unfined and unfiltered, with a small amount of sulfites (40mg/L total sulfites).
Tasting Characteristics: Pale yellow color with golden hints and a light turbidity. Aromas of stone fruits, quince, white flowers, green apple and honey. It is full bodied and fatty in the mouth, with good 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."