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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

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • Agiorgitiko

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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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  • Elios By Boutari White 2010

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    Interesting Greek white blend, crisp, nice stone fruit with some floral notes, a touch of perfume and medium acidity. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Nasiakos Peloponnese Agiorgitiko 2007

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    Earthy and floral on the nose with some VA supporting a sort of artificial floral tone that brings back memories of big brooms and that weird green dust in High School. Theres a nice sweet base of reds fruit here as well along with a rubbery edge and some gentle spice notes, almost a like Provencal like. Theres good acidity here but the wine sti... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Papaioannou Malagouzia 2011

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    Profound aromas of lime leaf, camphor, lemon marmalade, sliced tomato, and lemongrass greet the nose. Light and focused on entry, this shows off pronounced lemon grass, citrus, and herbal flavors in the mouth with a slight shading of astringency keeping this very lively in the mouth. The finish is rather short and clipped. While the nose is most... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Tsantali Moschofilero Peloponnese 2011

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    Dusty, dry and simple on the nose with some faint rose petal notes. Light and delicate on entry with some nice cool fig, lime leaf and almost passion fruit like flavors. this is small scaled but nicely balanced with excellent definition of flavor. Showing decent length on the polleny, tart fruited finish, this is cleansing and zesty on the final... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Skouras Zoe Peloponnese 2008

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    Deliciously complex rose with hints of white cherry, strawberry and rose petal. Simply wonderful with crisp summer salads dressed with fresh strawberries and goat cheese, endive with beets/walnuts and goat cheese. My favorite pairing is watermelon, cucumber and manouri cheese salad drizzled with evoo and garnished with pink salt, fresh pepper an... Read More

    Wine review by Wendy Crispell


  • Hercules Agiorgitiko Regional of Peloponnese 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  •  I can't help it, I like lists! And since we are on the cusp of the ... Moschofilero 2010From the Peloponnese, where seafood dominates the cuisine, this varietal wine is reach and creamy with enticing floral and apple notes, a choice match for branzino or dorado.9. El Porvenir de los Andes Laborum Torrontés 2011This wine will make you rethink ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Top Ten Summer Seafood Wines


  • Elios Mediterranean White 2009

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    This is a light, crisp and fruity white. A perfect refreshment for the coming summer whether it's on the deck with some friends or in the garden with a great book. This is a great new wine for a really good price! Read More

    Wine review by tmbraga24


  • Gaia Ritinitis Nobilis Retsina NV

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    Wine review by mimsjw


  • Retsina Lafkiotis . Lafkiotis Péloponnèse Vin Résiné Blanc 2007

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    Wine review by trobbs


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