Project Description

The Oenops Story

The Oenops Story

Nikos Karatzas is the face behind ‘Oenops’ (= ‘wine face’). He is an intense, ambitious and confident in what he is doing. He studied in Bordeaux then became chief winemaker at a very young age at the high-profile Pavlidis winery, also in Drama, before setting up his own project  in 2015.  He is another member of the new generation, proud of Greece’s terroirs and indigenous varieties. He had his fill of international varieties in his previous job. Now his mission is to source great fruit and craft great wines from it. This is the  focus of Oenops, and it ‘costs’ him 50,000 km per year, touring the country and looking for interesting projects. So he is probably best described as a micro-négociant , working in partnership with growers who share his ideas.

He works from an old pie factory just outside Drama in Eastern Macedonia, which he has filled with concrete tanks, some stainless steel, some oak and some amphoras. He loves amphoras Now his own boss, he is clearly adoring the freedom to experiment, and his confidence for what he is sure he can achieve in the future is very infectious.

Oenops  Wines

Like Zafeirakis, he’s another lover of Limniona , and this year’s bottlings have also brought us unsulphured  Xinomavro from Naoussa and a Vidiano from Crete, fermented part in steel, part in oak and part in amphora. As well as these small experimental projects, there is the Apla (=simple) range. White is a blend of Malagouzia, Assyrtiko and Roditis (with a tiny dollop of 100 year old Muscat from Samos!) and Apla red is a Xinomavro, Limniona, Cabernet Sauvignon blend.

White

Code Description Year
ENPLW18B Apla White 2018

Rosé

Code Description Year
ENPLP18B Apla Rosé 2018

Red

Code Description Year
ENPLR17B Apla Red 2017
ENXIN18B Xinomavro (no sulfites) 2018
ENXIN17B Xinomavro (no sulfites) 2017
ENXIN16B Xinomavro (no sulfites) 2016
ENLIM18B Limniona 2018