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The Limniona Grape


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About Limniona

(Synonyms: Lemniona.)

Background

Map showing Thessaly in Greece

Limniona is an ancient red-wine grape originating in Thessaly, in eastern-central Greece. Despite long-standing confusion, it is not the same grape as Limnio, as modern DNA analysis has shown, nor even closely related; nonetheless, most available discussions and reviews fail to distinguish the two (Wikipedia redirects Limniona to their Limnio page, which does not even mention Limniona; Wine Searcher has no separate page for it). As with so many grapes in recent years, it was saved from disappearance almost entirely by the efforts of a single dedicated winemaker, in this case Christos Zafirakis of the eponymous winery.

Limniona (which may go back 3,000 or more years) makes wines dark in color, of medium body (some say “delicate”), quite acid but well balanced by complex dark red-fruit flavors and aromas, with minerality behind them, and with plenty of tannins—but soft tannins—so that the wine may be drunk young but will well reward substantial aging, a decade or more. In short, they are full of interest without being overpowering, which is A Good Thing.

Factoid: The start of Limniona’s revival is scarcely over a decade past (Zafeirakis’s first vintage of it was 2008).

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Some Descriptions of Limniona Wines

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Some Limnionas to Try

(About this list.)

All Limniona wines we could find available are outside our arbitrary upper price limit of $20. We thus, with this warning note, present all those we found—but, again, these wines are all priced from the mid $20s to the mid $30s.

(And, of course, there is no “splurge” listing because these are all in the “splurge” price range.)


Zafeirakis Limniona
(Do not confuse this red wine with their Limniona Rosé.)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks



Tsililis “Theopetra Estate” Limniona
(Do not confuse this with any of their several Limniona-something blends or their rosé; this is the monovarietal red Limniona.)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine has no CellarTracker review page.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks



Kontozisis “A Grafo” Limniona

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine has no CellarTracker review page.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks



Oenops Limniona
(Do not confuse this with their “Apia Red”, which is not Limniona.)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks

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