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Between the months of April – July 2018, the wines of Goumenissa, one of four PDO zones for the flagship red grape of Greece, Xinomavro, were the protagonists in a series of presentations around the US. Eubion LLC, which executes these activities within the framework of the program “Wine Promotion to Third Countries”, on behalf of PDO Goumenissa and PGI Slopes of Paiko, organized a series of presentations in the cities of New York, Seattle, San Francisco, and
Wines from different wineries from the above regions, were sampled with food pairings, in selected establishments including the building of IBM on 88 University in New York on April 5th, Blu Kouzina restaurant in Sarasota, FL, on April 30th, La Medusa in Seattle, WA, on May 7th, Nerai restaurant on May 14th in New York, and Rahi restaurant on May 15th in New York.
The activities around Xinomavro and the wines of PDO Goumenissa, together with the more regional appellation of PGI Slopes of Paiko, are helping the region gain wide recognition across the US.
Goumenissa is a historical winemaking region of Greece, dating back to ancient times. It was believed that Philip’s, the father of Alexander the Great, wine of choice was from Goumenissa. Goumenissa, and the – more – surrounding slopes of mount Paiko, is one of the most beautiful winemaking regions of Greece.
The PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) appellation of Goumenissa, which is the premier tier of Greek appellations, was established in 1979, giving the region and its wine new fame. PDO Goumenissa wines are made exclusively in Goumenissa, from at least 20% Negoska, and the rest from the king of red Greek grapes, Xinomavro. The result is a rich red wine, with strong tannins and acidity, and complex notes of tomato, herbs, and tobacco.
The more general appellation of PGI (Protected Geographic Indication) of the surrounding “Slopes of Paiko” was established more recently, in 2009, recognizing the rest of the grapes farmed in the region, such as the indigenous Roditis, Malagousia, and Assyrtiko, and an array of international grapes.
Professionals and end consumers in the USA are starting to familiarize themselves with the regions of Goumenissa and Slopes of Paiko, and appreciate the unique quality of these eponymous wines.