Type: Red, PGI Slopes of Paiko
Varietal Composition: Xinomavro 60%- Cabernet Sauvignon 40%.
Region: Linear layout in area of Bidabla Goumenissa, North Greece
Soil: Light-textured clayey-sandy
Winemaking: Pre-fermentation cold maceration for two days, alcoholic fermentation at controlled temperature, with the wine remaining with the lees for eight months with periodic stirring.
Maturation: At least 12 months in French oak barrels, 6 months in bottles.
Tasting Characteristics: The wine is of an intense red color with hints of garnet. The aroma is complex with predominating scent of small red fruits such as blackberry, cherry, supplemented with fragrance of spice and vanilla. It is full-bodied to the palate, aromatic, with soft tannins and a pleasant aftertaste. It is drunk at a temperature of 16-18οC and accompanies red and white grilled or cooked meats with sauces, pasta and yellow cheese.
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."