The Kir-Yianni company was founded in 1997 by Yiannis Boutaris. Based in Naoussa and Amyndeon, on both sides of mount Vermion in Northwestern Greece. With vineyards in Naoussa and Amyndeon planted to native and international varieties they have scope to make some truly amazing wines. There best is by far the Xinomavro based reds.
Dyo Elies is a blend of the native Xinomavro with Syrah and Merlot. Each variety is planted in a terroir that best suits its needs and each year individual blocks are chosen to go into their premier red wine. Kir Yianni says of the wine itself “The fully ripe 2005 vintage shows in the deep purple color of “Dyo Elies” and its round mouthful. Aromas are subtle under its moderate acidity, which accentuates the phenolic load without leaving an edgy aftertaste. Spice dominates in the bouquet with hints of plum, black olive, dark chocolate, and toffee. Ready to drink now, but also worth keeping for further ageing.”
Xinomavro – The most distinguished variety of Northern Greece mostly famously in the Macedonian PDO Naoussa. These wines are dense with silky mouthfeel, big tannins and good acidity. In fact the name means “Acid Black”. These wines have a lot of layers and age well. Often compared to Nebbiolo from Italy it tastes of red fruits, olives, spice and dried tomatoes.
Imathia PGI – Imathia includes the Naoussa PDO highly celebrated for its dry red Xinomavro. But modern winemaking and blending with international varieties means that an additional appellation was required to acknowledge the quality of these new wines.
Macedonia – The Northern most part of Greece that survived war, phylloxera and emigration to now be thriving. PDO Naoussa makes possibly the best wines in Greece from Xinomavro. The whites of Epanomi PGI and Sparkling wines of Amyntaio PDO and Florina PGI are worth a mention too.