2019 Rapsani Old Vines, Dougos Winery

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2017 Rapsani Old Vines, Dougos Winery
A classic style of Xinomavro-based wine but without the harsh tannic structure of yesteryear. Comparable to a good Barbaresco. 
It is a Rapsani from 60-year-old vines, with shocking concentration and fruit purity.

Tasting Notes

The Rapsani Old Vines shows a lifted and elegant bouquet of macerated strawberries and hedgerow fruits with undertones of sundried tomato, chestnut, pepper and just a hint of meatiness. A wonderfully harmonious wine with fully-integrated and very subtle oak, bright acidity and a great structure. There is a savoury core to this wine and firm yet very fine tannins. Long and rewarding. 


Dougos winery was founded in 1991 by Thanos and Louiza Dougos. Thanos is the viticulturist and Louiza is the winemaker and together they make wines from indigenous Greek varieties as well as blends with international grapes. They also operate one of Greece's oldest vine nurseries, which was established in 1950. Production is small, peaking at around 70,000 bottles per year. The winery is located in the Tempi Valley, on the foothills of Mt. Olympus, in what constitutes the PDO Rapsani, in the Thessaly region. The vineyards are planted in iron-rich schist soils at altitudes of 450-700 meters. These soils are poor and the iron content is important as it helps regulate the water capacity of the soil. The vineyards are cultivated without the use of irrigation, at low yields, and are certified organic.

The wines are very true to their origin and are always elegant, refined and expressive, and never dominated by new oak. In fact, the 300l barrels used (Acacia for the Assyrtiko and French/American oak for the reds) are always only lightly or not at all toasted, in order to not overpower the intricate qualities of the varieties. The main varieties cultivated here are the indigenous Assyrtiko, Xinomavro, Krasato, Stavroto, and Limniona. The last three varieties are local to Thessaly. By law, Rapsani PDO wines must be a blend of Xinomavro, Krasato and Stavroto. The two local varieties (Xinomavro has its home in Macedonia) are used to tame the rustic, tannic character of Xinomavro, which makes for more supple and approachable wines, though never at the expense of character or structure.


Alan's Personal Tasting Notes

"Our Greek range has been my biggest surprise since setting up - and Douglas wines has been a big part of that. The acacia white is astounding - as is this - from grape varietals I’ve never heard of - expensive - but beautiful. 60YO vines, baroloesque in style, and a huge amount of aromas, flavours and character oozing out of the glass. Coupled with the structure, complexity and balance I can’t recommend this highly enough!" Tasted 14 April 2022.


  • Julia Harding for Jancis Robinson 17 points
'Translucent garnet with bricky rim. Like the straight Rapsani 2020 in character but more intense, even more classic Rapsani character, tangy notes of wild red fruits all tangled up with a suggestion of leather and, again, dried tomato and some wild herbs. That intensity on the palate, too, even though the fruit is vibrant rather than rich. The tannins are very dry and very fine, the acidity mouth-watering. Just a touch of oak in evidence. Quite challenging if you are not familiar with Rapsani (or Xinomavro) but a great example of this appellation. Needs time. Really persistent. A classic. Drink 2026 – 2034.' Julia Harding


Year 2019
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar Xinomavro, Krasato, Stavroto
Country Greece
Alcohol content
13.5% alc vol 
Units of Alcohol per Bottle 10.1 units
Type Red Blend
18 months in French and American oak barrels and then aged for 6 months in the bottle
Food Matches Classic Greek Foods as well as Pizza with ham, sausages, rich and flavourful cheeses, pasta with red, spicy sauces. Serve between 16-18C
Origin Mount Olympus,  Valley of Tempi