Approximately 12 km away from Naoussa you will find Rodochori village, where, following a spectacular route, Argatia winery is hidden away. Argatia winery is a family business of Haroula Spinthiropoulou and Panagiotis Georgiadis, two wine-personalities with a long history in the Greek wine scene.
Panagiotis Georgiadis is our lovely guide to the boutique winery, explaining the rationale behind their production. In Argatia daily labor with personal care takes the lead and as Georgiadis comments ” they are not in a hurry but they give to their wine the time it needs”.
The vineyards are located on the sites of Krasna at Rodochori and Lakka at Yiannakochori and they are organically grown. Indeed, Spinthiropoulou stresses that it would be possible for the majority of the Greek vineyard to adopt organic farming, with both financial and qualitative benefits. In total 1.2 hectares are cultivated with a view to nurture plants of moderate vigour, a prerequisite for the production of quality wines in Naoussa.
After our skillful guidance, we indulged into a mini vertical tasting of 5 vintages starting from 2006 until 2010, the current release. As said, in Argatia time is of no issue…
Starting from a wine from a difficult vintage due to heavy rain during harvest. Not particularly expressive nose of moderate intensity, rich in red fruit and spices aromas. Light on the palate with 12.2% alcohol and still rather tannic lacking in harmony. (87/100)
In contrast with 2006, the 2007 vintage was a fiercely warm and dry that gave a rich, well-structured wine with nerve and power. Deep colored with sophisticated aromas on the nose expressed by nuances of tomato and red fruit combined with some gamey hints. Stylish palate, spiced up and refined tannins. At its best in the next 2-3 years, lasting for at least a decade. (92/100)
In a similar warm and dry vintage but with light rains during harvest, this Xinomavro appears relatively rich with ripe cherry character and good balance on the palate but without high intensities. Enjoyed delightfully now and will be on the rise over the next five years. (89/100)
2009 was a cool vintage with good weather conditions during harvest. This wine is an excellent example of balance between freshness and fruit maturity. Nicely developed nose with red fruit and nuances of tomato. On the palate the wine is velvety with tannins nicely integrated and a long-lasting aftertaste. Now and for the next 5-7 years. (90/100)
The current commercial vintage comes from a difficult year that started well but along the way the temperature dropped sharply during the important months for the ripeness of the grapes such as August. Medium ruby color with a spicy profile, red cherries and gamey nuances. Fruity with moderate volume and satisfactory concentration. At its best after 2-3 years. (89/100)