by Markus Stolz

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Xinomavro Project

byMarkus Stolz
February 14, 2011, 4 Comments

Xinomavro has long convinced me of its outstanding potential to create unique wines with multiple layers of complexity and a very serious ageing potential. The best wines are an embodiment of a wine connoisseurs’ dream.

I am delighted and excited to launch a new project within elloinos that will tell the story of this grape variety and its growers. The initial initiative and the funding come from the Kir-Yianni winery. I wish to disclose that I personally act as a paid consultant to this project. The goal of this initiative is to inform and educate, not to promote the Kir Yianni or any other single estate. The content admission is at my sole discretion. Every winery that wishes to participate is invited to do so, at no cost to them. My contract includes a clause that ensures that this project will not have any influence on the existing and ongoing work at elloinos and that I will remain completely independent and at no time have any additional obligations.

So much for the disclosure, now for my motivation: I have championed Xinomavro ever since I started elloinos, and some of my very first postings concerned Xinomavro growers. This project is a great chance to bring together the knowledge of the people that are experts in their field – the growers and winemakers. I love the initiative by Kir Yianni, as it is also a gesture to unite an important part of the Greek wine industry.

Over the next few months, I will publish interviews, vintage reports, scientific work, introductions to the regions and hopefully much more. I will involve as many wineries as possible to ensure that the information is coming straight from a number of different sources. There is a treasure of knowledge that I would love to tap into. I am thrilled and looking forward to share this wealth of information on my personal favourite Greek red grape variety.

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  1. Yanni IliadisFebruary 14, 2011, 7:25 pm

    I am so glad to hear this! Xinomavro is also my favorite variety as I decent from northern Greece. If possible can you link up ways for consumers in the US to attain quality Xinomavro wine? I find that it is often difficult to do so. Thank you for all your hard work!

  2. elloinosFebruary 14, 2011, 7:37 pm

    Yanni, good idea, I keep this in mind, cheers!

  3. buonsangueFebruary 15, 2011, 11:28 am

    Thumbs up from another huge fan of the variety!

  4. barricas de robleFebruary 16, 2011, 10:43 am

    If you knew me better (which is probably fortunate for you that you don’t), you would know that I’ve given up on the varietal concept.