Chloi makes natural Greek wines in the region of Goumenissa. The region is particularly renowned for Xinomavro—the celebrity of Greek varieties—but also for its indigenous, lesser-known but equally charming black variety, Negoska. She makes red and white wines, orange wines and pét-nats with minimal intervention.
LITTLEWINE met with Chloi last time she was in London
"I hope to find reality in the wines. I don’t want things to be perfect, I prefer them to be real."
People: Chloi Chatzivaryti
Place: Goumenissa, Greece
Varieties: Xinomavro, Negoska, Roditis, Assyrtiko, Malagouzia & Muscat of Samos
Farming: Organic with elements of permaculture
Wines: Click here
Did You Know? Before phylloxera, the vineyards of the Goumenissa region totalled 1,100 hectares. Now, they’re down to just 450, with only six wineries in the area.
“My family has always worked organically, but I want to go further than that. I’ve always had the idea in my mind that monoculture is not the solution. I don’t know if I’ll go towards biodynamics yet, as right now I believe more in agroforestry and permaculture. I think this is the solution for creating an ecosystem amongst the vines. Of course, our focus lies with the vines, but if you introduce trees, then they attract bugs which will eat the enemies of the vine. It’s about giving the vines a better defence mechanism, all with the goal of intervening less.”
She will experiment with planting specific cover crops, and one day hopes to have her own cows, so she can use her own manure:
“When you have animals too, then it’s a real ecosystem. Monocultures aren’t ecosystems. Nature has never seen a monoculture. In the forest, one thing helps another—that’s why there’s balance—nothing exists alone.”
Her wines are created as a result of her interpretation of what each vineyard site brings to the table. She explains,