Spira Xinomavro Solera Ligas, superb natural wine from Greece, Xinomavro grape, unique flavours, rich and very complex from long ageing in a Solera system from vintages 2012-2018. Ktima Ligas top white made from the red Xinomavro grape and vinified en blanc with then long ageing in a solera system is a unique expression of a rare grape and a special wine maker. Made from red grapes with a little skin contact, Spira behaves like an orange wine but is technically a Blanc de Noir, a white wine made from red grapes, the tiny amount of colour from slight contact and ageing in Solera gives it orange wine colour and characteristics. The Ligas family really is doing incredible things at their little winery in Pella, the Cuvee continue to arrive every year, each one that bit more experimental, each one more complex and diverse than the last and each one always equally delicious. Spira is no exception, a stunning wine for high quality seafood.
In 1985, Thomas Ligas began to study the local ecosystems, experimenting with viticulture and vinification, and seeking to
accentuate the distinctive qualities of his terroir. Thomas, Meli and Jason, father and children, work side by side to safeguard the health and maturity of their grapes, seeking an ideal balance between quality and quantity. This natural approach to viticulture preserves the original characteristics of the grape, as determined by the vineyard. They
only grow indigenous Greek varieties, some from the south like Assyrtiko, others nearly forgotten, like Kydonitsa and Limniona.
The first performance of the Euripides tragedy Bacchae took place in the Theatre of Dionysus, in Pella, in around 408BC. Bacchus (or Dionysus) was the ancient god of wine and joy, and so it’s fitting that Ktima Ligas is using the ancient techniques of this wine-producing region to bring both wine and joy to its customers today.