Peloponnisos Wine

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Wine has been a part of Peloponnese culture in Greece for thousands of years. The first written reference comes from Homer, who referred to the region as “Apeloessa,” “full of vines.” It has managed to survive centuries of war and occupation, even Phylloxera. The only real threat to wine production came in the early 20th century, when the export market for local currants briefly overtook grape cultivation. After World War II, wine once again became an important industry. This is a region where old and new wine methods meet. 
 
Nemea is considered one of the most important regions on the mainland. This is where the red Agiorghitiko shines, producing wines of deep color, layered complexity and rounded flavors. The Nemea appellation is 100% Agiorghitiko. This grape is also important around the town of Argos, in Argolida. Styles of Agiorghitiko wine range from medium-bodied and fruity to full-bodied, with more oak influence and longer ageing. 
 
The steep elevations of Mantinia produce high quality wines from the red Moschofilero grape. The Mantinia appellation is at least 85% Moschofilero with small percentages of Asproudes. This subregion also produces aromatic white wines from Muscat and Gewürztraminer. 
 
Patras, within the Achaia subregion produces four appellations: Patra, is made from the dry white Roditis grape. The other prevalent wines are sweet, the white dessert wines Moschato Patron and Moschato Rio and the fortified red Mavrodaphne from the Mavrodaphne and Korinthiaki varietals. 
 
Eleia and Egio are the most modern subregions, with Italian and French influences in viticulture and grape selection. In Eleia, the red Refosco (here sometimes referred to as Rifosco Merkouris) is the dominant varietal, with Avgoustiatis and the international grape Mourvedre. Whites are a mix of Ribolla Gialla, Roditis and Viognier. In Egio, a mix of Greek varietals and international ones, such as Riesling and Chardonnay have Read more »

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  • Viognier

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this out...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Agiorgitiko

    The term Agiorgitiko means "Saint George's grape". This could refer to Saint George's Day, a Greek celebration that o...

  • Mondeuse

    This characterful red grape grown in France’s alpine Savoie region is known as Refosco in hills of northern Italy. In...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • Mercouri Estate

    The Mercouri Estate is located in the Western Peloponnese,near the village of Korakochori, 2 k...

  • Gaia Estate

    Gaia Estate was founded in 1994 by Leon Karatsalos (Agronomist, University of Thessaloniki) and Y...

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  • Palivou Estate Red Blend Nemea Terra Leone Ammos 2004

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    well balanced, oak aged, agiorgitiko with guts. Good structure with good aftertaste and nice finishing. Read More

    Wine review by Vinum


  • Estate Papaioannou Agiorgitiko Nemea Old Vines 2000

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    A very complex and multylayered wine made from nemea's chief variety, aigiorgitiko.The wine comes only from a small portion of the estate's vineyard where thr older and more mature vines are.This gives the wine a bouquet of aromas so rich,that is nesessary to pour the wine on a decanter and let it breathe for an hour or two before you enjoy it Read More

    Wine review by Yannis


  • Nasiakos Moschofilero Mantinia 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by polpolpol


  • Haggipavlu Agiorgitiko Nemea 2001

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    This wine showed pretty poorly at a recent tasting - the fruit and tannin could barely stand up to the alcohol and that was listed as only 12.5 %. Fun wine if you're in the Greek Islands, but so much better out there for the price. Read More

    Wine review by TasteDC


  • Boutari Moschofilero Mantinia 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by Abratis


  • Boutari Moschofilero Mantinia 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by boilerplate


  • Domaine Mercouri Red Blend Antàres 2003

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    Day 1) Began by splashing wine into my wine glass about 90 minutes before getting around to experiencing it. First impression on the nose was "sweat socks", followed closely by tobacco, rosehips and dirt. Reminds me a bit of a Rioja I had in Gran Canaria. The taste at this point was still quite tight, sour and oaky. This wine definitely needs a... Read More

    Wine review by jaye


  • Domaine Mercouri Red Blend Antàres 2003

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    Day 1) Began by splashing wine into my wine glass about 90 minutes before getting around to experiencing it. First impression on the nose was "sweat socks", followed closely by tobacco, rosehips and dirt. Reminds me a bit of a Rioja I had in Gran Canaria last Summer. The taste at this point was still quite tight, sour and oaky. This wine definit... Read More

    Wine review by jaye


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