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Alles über griechischen Wein

Source: SonntagsBlick

Date: 13/11/2016


An Odyssey of Kir-Yianni Wines from Greece

Source: The taste (

Date: 02/11/2016

[…] So (when)  I came across a wine called Ramnista from Kir-Yianni, made from a grape new to me called Xinomavro, I was bowled over. Never did I think that Greek wines could taste like this, and from indigenous varieties too. […]

Richie Magnier

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The Best 20 Red Wines Under $20


Date: 18/10/2016

Every time I embark on one of these marathon 20 Under 20 projects I’m amazed, delighted actually, at just how much really good red wine there is out there. And it’s getting better, and there’s more of it, all the time. […]

Ktima Kir-Yianni, Yianakahori Hills 2013:  Totally incomprehensible name and a bit too acidic as an aperitif, at least on first opening, but after an hour’s breathing was super with a burger and, I imagine, would be equally companionable with lamb.

Nick Passmore 

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Topping off a summer of tastings with a rundown of the tops

Source: Chicago Daily Herald

Date: 09/09/2016

Rose “Akakies”, Kir Yianni (Amyndeon, Greece): Brilliant strawberry pink. (If there was lipstick this color, I’d wear it.) The wine is rich and spicy with a round middle palate and the dynamic energy of firm acidity, not for the faint of palate. Enjoyed with sausages and grilled seafood.

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Mary Ross

Förläng sommaren med grekiskt


Date: 19/08/2016

Ktima Kir-Yianni: Hur som helst, kan vi behöva ett värmande och inbjudande rött vin vare sig det vankas grillning i solen eller inomhusmiddag vid en varm brasa. Ett vin från Grekland fixar det! En billig enkelbiljett, som förlänger sommaren och kanske får dig att minnas årets semester på en grekisk ö.

Mitt tips heter Ktima och kommer från vinfirman Kir-Yanni som ligger i Makedonien i norra Grekland. Här har inhemska druvsorten xinomavro stor betydelse. En blå druva med rejäla tanniner, hög syra och frisk mörk frukt. Den har fått sällskap av syrah och merlot, som bidrar mer lite rondör. Det är ett personligt vin där ceder och örtiga inslag möter syrliga körbär och torkade jordgubbar. Ett givet val till grillat kött eller souvlaki med en rejäl sallad på fetost och tzatziki så klart.

Sofia Ander

High Heat And Bountiful Farm Stands: What Wines Do America's Top Sommeliers Drink in August?


Date: 18/08/2016


For summer, I like the dry, sparkling rosé called Akakies from Greek producer Kir-Yianni. The appellation, known as a PDO in Greece, is Amyndeon. Greece is one of the oldest, yet youngest, wine-producing countries in that ancient traditions are being allied with the best of modern grape growing and winemaking to create one of the most dynamic wine cultures in the world. Amyndeon exemplifies this with its tradition of still red wines being reinterpreted into beautiful sparkling wines. The Akakies hits a few notes: it’s bubbly and pink, fun and serious. Pristine fruit and vibrancy allow it to be enjoyed on its own, yet enough savory elements and mild tannins make this a great accompaniment to food. This is a versatile wine perfect for all summertime activities.

James Tidwell MS, Beverage Manager, Four Seasons Resort and Club; Founder, TEXSOM

10 Rosés from 5 Countries to Close Out Summer With


Date: 15/08/2016

Kir-Yianni Akakies Sparkling Rosé Sec 2014: A Greek wine produced from xinomavro grapes, it is satisfying and well-structured with flavors of light cherries and cream.

Roger Morris

3 Roses, 3 countries


Date: 15/08/2016

Summer isn’t quite over, so there’s still time to drink dry Roses. Actually they’re worth drinking after summer ends. Kir-Yianni Akakies: One of the darkest, deepest rich red hues we’ve seen among the many roses that are on the market. Strawberry comes out with a slight peppery feel, with notes of vanilla and rose petals. It’s a lighter-bodied wine than it looks. The grape is xinomavro, which means “acid black” and is widely grown in Macedonia…

Marc Bona

Top 5 Ελληνικά Ροζέ Αφρώδη


Date: 01/08/2016

Ακακίες Sparkling, Κυρ-Γιάννη Το μοναδικό ελληνικό ροζέ αφρώδες κρασί που φέρει ένδειξη Ονομασίας Προέλευσης παράγεται στο Αμύνταιο από Ξινόμαυρο με τη μέθοδο Cuve Close. Ζωηρό ροζ χρώμα και κορδόνια από φίνες φυσαλίδες· διακριτική μύτη βατόμουρου και φράουλας· ιδιαίτερα ελκυστικό, μακρύ και πλούσιο στόμα· τελείωμα με δροσιστική οξύτητα και μετρημένη γλυκύτητα. Σκέφτεστε κάτι πιο απολαυστικό για το ξεκίνημα μιας καλοκαιρινής βραδιάς;

The Rosé wines with the most "Likes"

Source: AzureAzure, a privileged life

Date: 21/06/2016

Kir-Yianni AKAKIES Sparkling Rosé 2014:  After tasting a few Sparkling Rosés, this Kir-Yianni made with Xinomavro grape won our hearts.

Griechenland: Qualitativer Aufschwung hält a

Source: Wein + Markt

Am meisten passiert derzeit wohl beim Vorzeige-Griechen Kir-Yianni in der Region Naoussa…

Bisher waren die Rotweine, vor allem der Ramnista von Xynomavro, die Aushängeschilder. Aber mit dem Jahrgang 2015 konnte man jetzt mit einem feinen, diskreten Sauvignon Blanc und einem eleganten, vielschichtigen Assirtiko beweisen, dass diese Sorten in Amyndeon beste Voraussetzungen haben.

A Big Fat Guide to Greek Wine


Date: 07/04/2016

Northern Greece borders Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Turkey, and houses the peaks of Mount Olympus, the famous home of ancient gods. Wines from this region have a cool climate elegance, and are much less ribald than their southern counterparts. Some Bordeaux varietals do well here, but the native xinomavro (“acid black”) is really where the action is at. Often called Greece’s nebbiolo, xinomavro finds its spiritual home in the appellation of Náoussa. It’s difficult to cultivate and persnickety, fiercely tannic and high in acid, but taming the beast has plenty of rewards. Its aromas evoke a well-loved kitchen: black pepper, plums, sun-dried tomato, olives, baking spices. It can age for eons; in fact it’s at its best after being tempered by time.

For an example that doesn’t require a decade, try the 2012 Kir-Yianni “Yianakohori Hills” ($17), which blends xinomavro with merlot and syrah for earlier approachability. Founder Yiannis Boutaris is from the Boutaris family, a winemaking group with roots that date back to the 19th century. Today, his son Stellios is at the helm. This bottle could use a decant, so open it up at least a half hour before you dig in.

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Stellios Boutaris: Ready for the battle (interview)

Source: Grape Magazine (GR)

Date: 01/04/2016


Old World, New Wine - Alan Richman

Source: GQ USA Magazine

Date: 01/09/2015

“Greece today is different than Americans think,” says Stellios Boutaris, owner of the wine estate Kir-Yianni, located in Greek Macedonia (not to be confused with the Republic of Macedonia, a landlocked country stacked directly above). “We are not a country of moussaka, ouzo, and donkeys”.


Die tun was - Innes Zöttl

Source: Capital

Date: 01/03/2015

Der Sohn hat mit dem Weingut die Kurve gekriegt, aber es war schwer.


How Greece’s Debt Crisis is Impacting Its Wine Industry - Levi Dalton

Source: Eater

Date: 21/07/2015

“Without the EU, we are alone.” – Stellios Boutaris

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How the Crisis is Affecting the Greek Wine Sector - Felicity Carter

Source: Meininger’s Wine Business International

Date: 17/07/2015

Boutaris says exports from his winery have almost doubled in the past three years, as more people try Greek wines. “Many are positively surprised, because people haven’t realized there’s been a quality revolution. It’s a great opportunity to show them the wines have become so much better.

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Greece uncorking China's wine market - Leonidas Kourmadas

Source: GB Times

Date: 14/02/2013

Kir-Yianni has set up a commercial company to sell Greek wines in China. But at the same time, they have planted a 10 hectare vineyard in Ningxia province, which will be productive after at least four years.

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Stellios Boutaris in Viini Magazine

Date: 01/06/2010


10 Rosés from 5 Countries to Close Out Summer With


Date: 15/08/2016

Kir-Yianni Akakies Sparkling Rosé Sec 2014: A Greek wine produced from xinomavro grapes, it is satisfying and well-structured with flavors of light cherries and cream.

Roger Morris