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Top Wineries from Naoussa Greece Feature Foremost Red Varietal Xinomavro on California Market Tour June 4-10

May 19, 2014


Naoussa, Greece and Paso Robles, CA (May 17, 2014) In step with America’s growing wine culture, wines from Greece are experiencing new found popularity led by consumers interested in indigenous grapes and unique experiences with truly authentic wines. Furthering this interest, Wines of Naoussa, Greece's principal wine region, is scheduling a California promotional tour June 4 - 10 featuring its top red varietal, Xinomavro, (Ksee-no-ma-vro) with consumer and trade tastings and in San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Xinomavros from 13 wineries participating in the Wines of Naoussa coalition will be featured at all events.

Visiting Naoussa winemakers include Apostolos Thimiopoulos Vineyards; Petros Karydas, Karydas Estate; Georgia Foundi, Estate Foundi and Yannis Pliatsikass, Vaeni Co-op. The vintners will be joined by special guest Panagiotis Tourkohoritis, Minister of Development for Greece. Thanasis Tamparopoulos, Novacert president will attend.

The tour starts with a Wines of Naoussa tasting at the Opening Gala of the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival on June 4. Other educational events include a wine tasting for consumers, business and technology leaders on June 8 at the Four Seasons hotel in San Francisco with hosts Edmond Krafchow, chairman of the board, and Kathy Ollerton, Executive Director of Charities, Better Homes & Gardens Mason McDuffie Real Estate. Event organizers are Christine Rios and Darryl Crawford, co-founders, WineLuv, the destination website that offers unique experiences for wine lovers.

Trade events will be held in Los Angeles at Faith & Flower on June 5 and at La Folie in San Francisco on June 9. For more information and to register, contact Amy Olsen, Empire Events 530-277-3938 and

A sampling of recent accolades about Greek wine by noted wine critics, include Forbes magazine, Katy Kelly Bell who recently wrote, ?Greek wines are some of the world’s most elegant and interesting. Any wine lover should take a chance on stumbling over a word or two for the delicious rewards in Greek wine.”

Alder Yarrow, award winning Vinography blogger proclaims, “We should all be drinking more Greek wine. Why? Because the best Greek wines offer incredible unique flavors, often at fantastic prices, thanks to being relatively unknown even to more serious wine lovers.”

Wine & Spirits magazine, managing editor Tara Q. Thomas states, ?But ignoring Naoussa is folly: Never has the region’s wine scene been so exciting. Between the new players that have entered the field and the established producers refining their approach, Naoussa is at a crossroads redefining itself.”

Also, TripAdvisor just named Greece as one of the top 10 travel destinations in the world. “If you love wine, when you go to Greece, a visit to the VQPRD Naoussa region should be on the top of your list of places to visit.”

About Xinomavro

Xinomavro (Ksee-no-ma-vro) is the predominant native red grape variety of Macedonia that earned Greece its growing international reputation as a producer of premium wines. Wines made from Xinomavro are known for their superb, graceful aging potential and rich tannic character. Xinomavro (meaning “acid black”) is the sole varietal permitted under the Naoussa appellation. Highly versatile, Xinomavro wines are made in a variety of styles from fruity roses, to every day drinking wines, to wines of greater complexity. Their complex aromas combine such red fruits as gooseberry with hints of olives and spices.

About Wines of Naoussa

Naoussa is located in one of the most beautiful regions of Macedonia on the eastern slopes of Mount Vernion, 58 miles west of Thessaloniki, one of the first AOC regions in Greece to produce full-bodied, well structured, age worthy red wines made from its native grape Xinomavro. The vineyards are located at an altitude of 1082 feet and are exposed to a Mediterranean climate with strong continental influences. Quality estates reduce the vine yields by green-harvesting to allow the grapes to mature in this cool climate. The wine region today is comprised of over 20 wineries, many making wine from only a few acres of vines. Currently, two types of wine bear the VQPRD Naoussa indication: a dry red and a semi-sweet red. Also available are VQPRD Naoussa Reserve which ages for 24 months and VQPRD Naoussa Grande Reserve which ages for 48 months.

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