15th August 2022
Oenops (‘Wine Face’) was founded in Greece, the Land of Dionysus, in 2015, by the talented winemaker Nikos Karatzas.
We own no vineyards; we work with indigenous varieties from selected terroirs/regions in Greece, primarily cool-climate sites and aged vines. Above all, we work with ambitious growers with a sustainable philosophy approach.
Our mission is to source great fruit and craft great wines from it. Our approach in Oenops Wines is to express the typicity a grape may carry from the variety and the place it comes from. We aim to produce authentic, fruit-forward wines. We use no protocols; we taste, taste, and adapt our approach to each lot based on our philosophy.
Our goal is to produce tasteful, elegant wines that add value to our customers’ precious moments.
Indigenous varieties like Malagousia, Assyrtiko, Vidiano, Roditis, Xinomavro, Limniona, and Mavroudi are carefully selected for that purpose. Each of the plots is treated as one lot in the winery; this way, we better understand the work done in the vineyard and help us improve yearly.
“The prices are miraculously low for the quality delivered.”
– Jancis Robinson
Some ratings by Decanter and Jancis Robinson for our Varietal Wines:
Apla Rose Decanter
Oenops, Apla White 2020 Greece 12.5%
60% Malagousia, 30% Assyrtiko, and 10% 45-year-old Roditis blend from three different parts of Greece. Aged for just three months in tank or amphora on fine lees before bottling.
Florally fragrant and very nicely balanced. No one component dominates, yet the blend goes on and on in the mouth. This would be a great demonstration of the sophistication of modern Greek wine. Clean and fresh.
VGV 16.5 Drink 2022–24 JR
Oenops, Apla Red 2020 Greece 13%
50% Xinomavro, 30% Limniona, and 20% Mavroudi blend from vines 15 to 50 years old from three different regions.
There is a lot of interest here with Xinomavro’s typical, charred notes seem to dominate. This seems to have quite a future too.
VGV 16.5 Drink 2022– 26 JR
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About that sliding duty scale that would cause a world of completely avoidable expense, bureacracy and misery for the wine trade (and reduced choice for consumers).
The government had a chance to throw it in the bin. All they've done is kicked it down the road.