We were overjoyed to reunite with Stellios Boutaris, a cornerstone of our first foray into Greek wines several years ago. His father Yiannis left the family firm in 1997 to found Kir-Yianni and enjoyed a meteoric success. Today, he has become established as one of the old guard, serving as a reference point for Northern Greek wines, especially those based on Xinomavro, universally acknowledged as Greece’s noblest black grape. The Boutaris family, owners of the largest winery in Greece, planted Xinomavro here in the late 60’s and only now with these wines can we see the wisdom of their experiment.
Kir-Yianni was established in 1997 by Yiannis Boutaris, one of the leading figures in the Greek wine industry. Kir-Yianni, “Sir John” in Greek, is best known for producing premium Xinomavro from the slopes of Mt. Vermio in Northwestern Greece. The winery is focused on producing premium wines with authentic character which also appeal to the modern wine consumer.
Today, Stellios Boutaris, son of Yiannis, actively manages the winery and their two 30+ year-old estate vineyards located in Naoussa and Amyndeon. Combined, the vineyards stretch over 160 acres and range in elevation from 1,000 to 2,200 feet.
The Naoussa vineyard is located in Yiannakohori, the highest point in the viticultural zone, and is home to all the Kir-Yianni red varietals (Xinomavro, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon). The vines are planted in 40 different blocks based on their different soil properties. The Amyndeon vineyard is located in one of the most promising Greek winemaking regions. This smaller of the two vineyards is home to the winery’s white varietals – Sauvignon Blanc, Assyrtiko, Roditis, Malagouzia, etc.