Winery to Watch 2013

Greece: Dio Fili

Farming in an little-known region at 3,116, Dio Fili is making some of Greece’s most exciting reds. Dio Fili is based high up in the Vella Mountains of northern Greece, in a region that had fallen off the wine map until Yannis Boutari (of Kir Yianni in Naoussa) helped his friends Yannis Polyzou and Georgia Gkoutziamani launch their winery in 2007. Now working independently from Boutari, the duo is reviving the sweet wines from sun-dried grapes traditional in the region. Meanwhile, they’re making a dry xinomavro as well, the 2009 their first release in the US. Grown at 3,116 feet, the Xinomavro is intensely cherried, sour and bright, with tobacco scents and mastika spice that leave it feeling cool and fresh. While the tannins are serious, the supple fruit washes over them, culminating in one of the most exciting reds we’ve tasted from Greece.