Red wine Xinomavro "Archo"
A blend by the oenologist Kontopos Thomas that integrates the 4 terroirs of Xinomavro, Amyntaio – Goumenissa – Naoussa & Rapsani, in a complex, rich and incredibly tasty wine, with a total aging time of 36 months in 225-liter French barrels of the 2nd & 3rd year and steals the impressions.
In 2021 it won the DOUBLE GOLD medal at the 10th International Balkan Wine Competition.
Category: Red variety
Taste profile: dry/aged
Vineyard/Location: Area- Amyntaio, Goumenissa, Naoussa, Rapsani.
Variety composition: 100% Xinomavro
Winemaking: Each Xinomavro was vinified separately and began the first phase of its aging-maturation in a winery of the region from which it comes from. At Wine Therapy, further maturation took place in 2nd & 3rd year French barrels and reduction aging.
Characteristics: Alcohol 13.7% vol – Sugars: 1.5 gr/lit – Total acidity: 5.9 gr/lit in tartaric acid – pH: 3.62.
Incredible rustic sour black nose, with violet, and rose blossoms along with olive, mushroom, tomato, dried fig, and chocolate as well as earthy, mineral & spicy notes. Balanced & complex palate with depth of fruit. A wonderfully tasty wine that has integrated the 4 terroirs of Xinomavro and ends with an unforgettable aftertaste.
Serving recommendations: Serving temperature 12°-16° C in a tulip-shaped glass for aging red wines. A transfusion may be needed. About 20 minutes before enjoying it, decant it into a wide carafe (Decanting), and the difference will pleasantly surprise you!
It is an excellent accompaniment to lamb in the oven, or braised beef with wine sauce, grilled fillet, meat pies and in general what is needed is food intense in flavor and rich in texture. Pair it with a rib eye steak, veal cheeks, brisket or a Filet Mignon with red wine sauce.
Aging recommendations: Enjoy it from the first years of its life with the possibility of further development, aging 5 to 10+ years. It is recommended that the bottles be stored in a shady place, in a sideways position, and at a temperature of 14°C – 16°C.
Thomas Kontopos, oenologist & winemaking consultant, after 30 years of involvement in the world of wine created with his wife Katerina Didaskalou, biologist-brewer, a Winery - Wine Cellar, in Nea Raidesto, Thessaloniki.
Thomas's First Steps
Thomas is leaving Evangelos Tsantalis S.A. and starting consulting as a production oenologist initially at the Protopapa Estate, in Kariani Kavala, and then at the Michalaki Estate, in Heraklion, Crete.
Katerina's First Steps
Biologist Katerina specializes in her knowledge on wine at I. Boutaris & Sons Winery SA, at its central winery in Stenimacho, Naoussa.
Thomas takes over as head of the winery & head of winemaking at Evangelos Tsantalis S.A., while Katerina jumps over and takes over until now the head of the Mythos brewery, which then belonged to the BOUTARI group and today to Olympic Brewery S.A.
New Professional Ventures
Thomas is leaving Evangelos Tsantalis S.A. and starts consulting as a production oenologist initially at the Protopapa Estate, in Kariani Kavala and then at the Michalaki Estate, in Heraklion, Crete. At the same time, he is also involved in education, transferring his experience and his love for wine, to the students of public and private I.E.K., until 2020.
He takes over from the "foundations" as the responsible oenologist of production at the Estate of Klaudia Papagiannis, in Arnea Halkidiki.
Wine Therapy Foundation
Wine Therapy is created and at the same time, the first experimental vineyard with Greek varieties is planted.
Wine Therapy/ Vineyards
The main vineyard of Wine Therapy is planted with MALAGOUZIA and our collaboration with the Limited Liability Social Cooperative - Mental Health Sector of Eastern Thessaloniki & Halkidiki, IRIS, begins, in the production of wines from the organic vineyard of the cooperative, in Portaria, Halkidiki.
The new generation
The year in which the new generation of the Kontopos family begins its involvement with Wine Therapy.
Vassiliki-Irini, Production & Management Engineer, a graduate of WSET Level 2, and Ioanna the Oenologist. With an absolute emphasis on high quality, this collaboration marries experience with a fresh pioneering eye and creates wines of limited production, labeled Wine Therapy.
- MESIMBRIA WINERY, in Nea Mesimvria, Thessaloniki.
- AGROVISION ESTATE, in Ierissos, Halkidiki.
- KONSTANTARA WINES, in Portaria, Halkidiki.
- GIUAANI L.t.d, Georgian winery, Kaxeti district, Manavi village, in the production of Orange or Amber Wines. That is the vinification of white grapes in the presence of stems in clay jars-amphorae which in Georgia are called qvevri.
A bottle of wine, two good friends
With a glass of wine to banish the routine of everyday life
In the difficult days we are going through, we owe ourselves and our loved ones small rewards. Wine always gives a reason.
A bottle of wine, two good friends, and the wine journey will begin with a smile, one of those that the first clink of glasses brings with it.