Xinomavro: The Greek "ambassador variety"
Xinomavro is the noblest, indigenous, red variety from the vineyards of Northern Greece. Its name is descriptive and comes from a combination of the words sour (Xino -ksino-) and black (mavro). It is cultivated mainly in mountainous areas in Macedonia, north-central Greece, and the neighboring northern Thessaly.
It produces highly structured wines with distinctive style and character, quality, and long-term aging potential as a multi-dynamic variety. It also offers a full range of wines, red, rosé, white (blanc de noir), from dry, semi-dry, semi-sweet, fresh and matured, semi-sparkling, sparkling or sweet (Vin de liqueur) and spirits too. We can find it both in varietal wines and blends as it can combine harmoniously with other indigenous and international varieties.
Besides, Xinomavro is one of the four Ambassador grape varieties of Greek wine, Assyrtiko, Moschofilero, and Agiorgitiko.