Xinomavro vines next to the plant-covered Markovitis winery in the Greek northern village of Polla Nera in Naoussa.

Xinomavro vines next to the Markovitis winery in the Greek northern village of Polla Nera.

Markovitis winery is located in the geographical region of Macedonia, next to the village of Polla Nera, within PDO Naoussa. It is there that the Markovitis family has been making legendary wines from Xinomavro since 1972.

The winery has been built within 8 hectares of vineyards, in an area at the foot of Mt Vermio (2,052 m), where winters are humid and cold and summers are hot and dry.

Markovitis winery is mainly devoted to Xinomavro and to making top-quality wines with the ability to age, typical of Naoussa’s potential. This is favored by the clay soil surface, which is so compact that it makes it difficult for the plant to grow above ground, forcing it to go deeper to develop its root system. Moreover, reducing the crop load in August results in lower yields and grapes with highly condensed aroma and flavor.

Today, the winery is run by the grandson of the founder, viticulturist and oenologist Markos Markovitis, who studied in Weinsberg, Germany. His winemaking philosophy is that wine should not undergo any treatment whatsoever and that all the necessary interventions should be carried out exclusively in the vineyard, in order to showcase the unique character of each year and create authentic terroir wines.

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