Diamantakos 2022 Preknadi
In the years since Giorgios resuscitated this almost-extinct variety, he has toyed with his approach to the “freckled one” (the name derives from the grapes’ tendency to develop colour spots as they ripen.) He aced it in our opening vintage of 2013, a wine that drinks beautifully to this day. And he had a notable success in 2016, as well. But it has taken until this latest new release, in our opinion, to harness all the succulent, Viognier-like joy that Preknadi has to offer – all in an improbably light alcoholic frame. He has also lowered the price, making this one of the most singular bargains that we have to offer.
Pre-fermentation soak at 50F
Used Barrique 50%, Stainless Steel 50%
Aging Duration (months)
Yes, no stirring
Yes, 132 mg/L
Mantemi (meaning: parent stone)
Gravel, Sedimentary, Loam
Double Spur Cordon
Notes from the Producer: Preknadi is a very rare, almost extinct, indigenous white varietal from Naoussa. It owes its name to its freckles – prekna-, the small brown spots on the grape’s skin.
It was widely cultivated in the area before phylloxera hit. While reconstructing Naoussa’s vineyards in the late 1960s vine growers mainly focused on Xinomavro, leaving Preknadi on the sidelines to be forgotten by most.
The varietal’s history on our Estate began when Mr Takis, who owned the neighbouring vineyard, encouraged us to plant Preknadi. We pruned a few of his vines, planted them in our vineyard, marking the beginning of this grape’s journey.
Right from the start, we began to see that we have in our hands a grape with distinct wine style, very capable of ageing. It gives us delicious wines with fruity aromas, balanced acidity and relatively high alcohol. It interacts beautifully with the oak, evolving into a gastronomic wine and enriching the wide range of food that accompanies it.
Preknadi reflects the uniqueness and quality of Naoussa’s terroir.