Kir-Yianni was founded in 1997 by Yiannis Boutaris, one of the leading figures in the Greek wine industry, when he left the Boutari Wine Group, the premium family wine company that his grandfather established in 1879. Today, Stellios Boutaris, a member of the fifth generation of winemakers, leads Kir-Yianni into the next phase of its history, by dynamically exploring the cornerstones of the Kir-Yianni philosophy: the desire for innovation, respect for tradition and using his knowledge of the wine, from the grape to the end consumer.
The grapes are sourced from the viticultural zone of Agios Panteleimon within the Amyndeon appellation in Florina, Northwestern Greece. The high altitude of the Vineyard (700m) and the poor sandy soils of the area lead to low vineyard yields (about 60 hl/ha) and slow ripening that results in a rare aromatic intensity especially for white grape varieties. Thanks to the four surrounding lakes that act as a buffer zone, the vines experience more temperate weather conditions than expected.
The grapes are picked at a high level of ripeness. Once at the winery, the fruit passes through a stage of pre- fermentation cold soak, a process that helps the extraction of more aromatic compounds from the skins and contributes to the creation of intensely wines. After settling, the must is inoculated with selected yeasts for the onset of fermentation, which is carried out in new 228-lt oak barrels. After the end of the fermentation, the wine remains in the barrels to mature for 8 months. The frequent batonnage applied during the whole maturation period helps to shape the rich character of the final wine.
The nose is dominated by aromas of apple, pear and citrus fruits, with a refreshing character. On the palate, the cold climate adds structure and crispness, with a little touch of salty minerality, supporting the soft flavours coming from the oak barrels. A complex, textured wine with a very long finish.