The Kir-Yianni winery was founded in 1997 by one of the leading figures of the Greek wine industry, Yiannis Boutaris, who left the family business Boutari Wine Group founded by his grandfather. Today, Kir-Yianni is run by Stellios Boutaris, a fifth-generation winemaker, continuing the fundamental family philosophy: the desire for innovation, respect for tradition and genuine knowledge of wine, from grapes to the final consumer.
Back in 1970, Yiannis Boutaris planted the xinomavro variety on 40 ha (99 acres) of vineyards at the foot of Mount Vermio, followed by another 20 ha (49 acres) of various indigenous white varieties. All activities of this winery are based on the principles of integrated agriculture, with special care for the environment.
Separate processing of each block of vineyard, a rigorous selection of grapes and oak barrels for aging, all contribute to creating wines with long aging potential which reflect all the characteristics of the Greek wine region and its indigenous varieties, such as Xinomavro.