2018 Thymiopoulos Rapsani Terra Petra

Macedonia, Greece

A refined and elegant wine from Macedonia, definitely bucking the trend and showing Xinomavro's softer side. Opa!


I’d defy any wine lover not to be intrigued by the beautifully integrated, persistent, throat-warming wine.

Jancis Robinson

About the Wine

If ever there was an underappreciated, misunderstood and overlooked wine producing country, it's Greece. Some of the wines coming from this country in the last decade have been utterly spellbinding.

This is a great case in point. Made from 50% Xinomavro and 50% from other native grape varieties, namely Krassato and Stavroto. Normally, people will say that XInomavro is Greece's answer to Nebbiolo. This time, it's a reply to Pinot Noir.

It's soft and red fruited, with leathery tannins and a great balance, no doubt due to over a year maturing in 500L oak. There's an an earthy savouriness and exotic spice, too, making this beautifully fragrant and food friendly. Have it with game birds, gigantes plaki or some hard cheese.

About Thymiopoulos

Apostolos Thymiopoulos is one of the key wine producers in the region of Naoussa, north central Greece, biodynamically cultivating fascinating wines, predominantly from the thick skinned red grape Xinomavro (he makes ten different versions!)

His family has been tending wines in and around the village of Trifolos for generations. Since his first release under the Thymiopoulos label in 2005 he has farmed biodynamically and made wines traditional - unfined, unflitered aged in vats and barrels.

Vineyards of Thymiopoulos
Vineyards of Thymiopoulos
Naoussa, Greece
Additional Info

From the Importer

Elegant aromatic character of fresh black fruits with hints of floral and herbal notes. On the palate is complex and balanced between the mouthfeel and the refreshing level of acidity. The tannic structure is robust, yet silky and round. The aftertaste is long and complex.

Blend : Xinomavro (50%), Indigenous Varieties (50%)
ABV : 13%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2025
Bottle Size : 750ml

Apostolos Thymiopoulos
Apostolos Thymiopoulos
Naoussa, Greece
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

Decanter Magazine

"Apostolos Thymiopoulos is one of the leading winemaking talents in Greece, and a master of the exciting Xinomavro grape. This is different in character to some of the Naoussa Xinomavro wines, as 50% of the blend is other native red varieties. It has a gorgeous nose of soft sweet red berry fruit and the distinctive sundried tomato note you often find in wines from this grape. Made in a slightly aromatic, Burgundian style, with 15 months in 500-litre oak barrels, it's smooth and supple with some leathery evolution." Amy Wislocki

Jancis Robinson

"Very gentle (some whole bunch for the Xinomavro) and welcoming with an appealing mix of sweetness, tannin and acid and real personality. Balsamic notes with some evolution. I’d defy any wine lover not to be intrigued by the beautifully integrated, persistent, throat-warming wine. Not at all heavy but nuanced and it introduced new facets of itself throughout the tasting experience. 17.5/ 20" - Jancis Robinson


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