Coop. Amynteo

Coop Amynteo winery is located in the northwestern corner of Macedonia and has been in continuous operation since 1959. It was the first winery in the area and one of the first cooperative wineries in Greece. The Amynteo vineyard region is an appellation of origin zone about 40 km in length from east to west and a width of 5 to 20 km. The altitude ranges from 580 metres to 650 metres. Currently, the vineyards cover an area of about 750 hectares. Almost 50% of this are is located between the two lakes of Petres and Vegoritis.

The variety almost exclusively cultivated here is Xinomavro (“sour black”), the main red variety of Macedonia. Some time ago, the Amynteo Association added a number of cosmopolitan varieties to its range of wines, including Syrah, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Gewürztraminer. Vineyard production of Xinomavro ranges from 7.5 to 9 tonnes per hectare, while for the foreign varieties, the yield ranges from 9 to 11 tonnes per hectare.

The multifaceted character of the Xinomavro grapes and the high altitude are conducive to the production of a large variety of wines. These include sparkling white and rosé, white, rosé, red, nuveau reds and aged reds. High acidity is typical of all the wines produced, a phenomenon that is intensely apparent in difficult years and less so in exceptional good ones (for example, 1994, 2005, 2007 and so on).