This variety is indigenous to northern Greece and takes its name from the city of Naoussa in Macedonia. Though little Negoska is produced, and even fewer single-grape wines exist, don’t cheat yourself if you find one. With impressive tannins and acidity, the notes of berries, black fruits and wood create an impressive red, perfect for drinking both young and with medium or long ageing.
When not flying solo, the Negoska grape is the perfect supporting partner for Xinomavro-based wines. The big appellation wines of the Goumenissa region, PDO Goumenissa, show how Negoska can rein in the unbridled nature of the heavy Xinomavro, rounding it off with perfect tannins and notes of dark fruits, tomato, leather and tobacco, all with refreshing acidity.