Localization: Naoussa, Greece
Tasting Notes: Its rich tannins are well-rounded by aging in French oak barrels for one year, imparting to the palate a slight hint of wood, which adds to the natural noble bouquet of Xinomavro. A typical ‘vin de garde’, full of local character.
Notes: Produced from selected vineyards of the Ramnista area, in the heart of the Naoussa appellation zone by the viticulturist Nikos Foundis, cultivated solely with Xinomavro grape varietal, an exquisite variety of Central Macedonia.
Food pairing: Roasted meats, meats with spicy sauces, and Naoussa’s traditional savory pies.
The Domain: The Foundis family originated from the village of Strantza in eastern Thrace, which they fled during the upheavals of the second Balkan War. In 1914, along with other refugees from their village, they arrived in the Naoussa area of western Macedonia and established the settlement of Nea Strantza. George Foundis with his son Theodore took up viticulture and in 1930 they planted the first of their own vineyards with Xinomavro variety. Theodore’s son, Nicholas, enlarged the family’s vineyard holdings during the 1970s, and, in the 1980s, following contacts with noted members of the international wine community, he became committed to estate bottling. This led him to establish Estate Foundi in 1992.
In 1996, his nephew, Dimitris Ziannis, on completion of his enology studies in France, joined the Estate as winemaker. The small, modern winery of Estate Foundis is situated in the picturesque landscape of Nea Strantza.