Limnio is a variety of red wine grape which is of Greek origin. It is indigenous to the Greek island of Lemnos. It is commonly used in blended wines that are produced in the region, with other grape varieties such as Grenache, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Xynomavro, Merlot, Grenache, Petite, Cinsaut as well as Aghiorgitiko. It is grown mainly in the Greek regions of Halkidiki Peninsula, located in Greek Macedonia and in the Rapsani area which is located in Thessalia. This grape variety is mostly considered to be a hardy grape variety that ripens pretty late and entertain a strong drought resistance.
This grape variety entertains a very ancient origin. Limnio is said to have originated on the Aegean Island of Limnos. Surprisingly, the production and cultivation of the vines of this grape variety are not seen in this region today. In such mentions, this grape variety was referred to as Limnia, a very significant grape variety that was primarily used as to the production of the special wines of the island of Limnos. Its synonyms include Limnia, Lemnia, Limniona, Liminino, Mavro, Kalabaki and Kalambaki.
Considered as an excellent grape variety which is used in the production of both blending as well as varietal wines. This grape ripen pretty late and has the ability to thrive under various harsh conditions of life. It can produce wines of high alcohol level and full bodied. These wines have herby taste along with a note of bay leafs.
The varietal wines produced are moderate in color and elegant in aroma and flavor. They are dominated by aromatic and fresh herbs along with the flavors of elegant red berry fruits. Acidity levels in them is medium, and the tannins are very silky. They offer interesting flavors, structure as well as brightness.
All the wines produced pair best with the food with pasta dishes and mild yellow cheese, eggplant, vegetable salads.