Xinomavro, Domaine Karydas
Over 20 years ago Konstantinos Karydas established Karydas Estate in Ano Gastra, one of the most well-known grape-growing regions of Naoussa. His immaculately kept six acres of Xinomavro vines (30-35 year old vines) are planted on the hill of Gastra in sandy, clay and limestone soils, noted for their good drainage. In 1994, 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. This small estate makes only 1200cs of wine per vintage from 100% Xinomavro and captures the true essence of the variety and the soil. Domaine Karydas is a great example of tradition meeting the modern day pursuit of excellence. The wines spend 20 months in French oak barrels, and 3 months in bottle prior to release.