2018 Domaine Karydas Xinomavro, Naoussa, Macedonia, Greece

Xinomavro (pronounced ksee-NO-mah-vro) is the noblest red variety grown in Greece. The father-son team at Domaine Karydas produce a charmingly rustic expression of the grape from the vines surrounding the family home in the Macedonian appellation of Naoussa. The purple floral aromas and dried fruit and roasted meat flavors make this great wine a dead-ringer for Nebbiolo. Perfect with grilled meats at a barbecue.



This jewel of a 2.5-hectare domaine produces one wine—the benchmark 100% Xinomavro. All work (aside form harvest help) is done by father and son in the rigorous old-fashioned manner. Aged for two years in (mostly used) French oak of varying formats—but small enough to fit in their tiny cellar!


"We are a father and son team, Konstantinos & Petros. We pride ourselves for producing single vineyard Xinomavro since 1994. Here we will keep you posted on our harvest, news, and anything Xinomavro related. Na se kala."

Over 20 years ago Konstantinos Karydas established Domaine Karydas in Ano Gastra, one of the most well known grape-growing regions of Naoussa. His immaculately kept two-and-a-half hectares (6 acres) of Xinomavro vines planted on the hill of Gastra in sandy, clay and limestone soils, noted for their good drainage. In 1992, he built his winery in the middle of the vineyard and, shortly thereafter, his son Petros joined him to produce his first vintage under his own label. Their mission? To produce a traditional single-vineyard Xinomavro with very little intervention.


Grape(s) Xinomavro
Farming Traditional