Also known as: Popolka of Naoussa, Negoska Popolka.

A red variety from the greater Macedonian region, taken from Naoussa and today grown mainly in the region of Goumenissa over an expanse nearing 70 hectares.

It ripens after 20 September and yields high-alcohol wines with a vivid red colour, medium acidity and smooth palate. When blended with the Xinomavro variety to produce aged dry red V.Q.P.R.D. `Goumenissa`, these traits counterbalance the acidity and tannins of the Xinomavro, increasing its alcoholic strength, fruity bouquet and chromatic intensity.

[Text and photos taken from the book 'Wine-producing varieties of the Greek vineyard' by Haroula Spinthiropoulou - Olive Press Publications, 2000 (in Greek)]

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