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Peloponnesos 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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  • Agiorgitiko

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

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • 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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  • Rouvalis Roditis Asprolithi 2010

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    The first impression I get from this wine is that it is very light bodied. Little to no fruit on the tip of the tongue. As it passes back, though, there is a pretty nice crisp green apple taste. This wine makes me think of Vinho Verde as much as anything else. Certainly is easy to drink. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Mavrodaphne Kourtake NV

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    I got given this at Christmas.Greek wine cellars was founded by the Kourtaki family in the 19th century and they still own it and it is now Greece's largest wine producer and exporter.The wine is made near the town of Patras from the Mavrodaphne grape,a variety that goes back to antiquity and is unique to Greece.The wine is 15%ABV as it is sligh... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Mavrodaphne Kourtake NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by samb425


  • Mavrodaphne Kourtake NV

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    This wine is very sweet. It is actually the sweetest red I have ever had. Raisin in very strong opening into dates. This would be excellent as a desert wine with dark chocolate. Read More

    Wine review by bocciholchi


  • Lyrarakis Last Supper Red 2007

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    Wine review by phalkias


  • Katogi-Strofilia Strofilia White 2005

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    Really nice finish, well rounded Read More

    Wine review by gkatris


  • Cavino Imiglykos NV

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    Nearly one year after dadmulders review: The restaurant gave me this wine as a present when i paid..., i love it! Fruity, soft finish. Read More

    Wine review by win0r


  • Mavrodaphne Kourtake NV

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    This wine was recommended to me as a good sweet dessert wine so I only have me and my husbands opinion to give. It is very sweet and it packs a punch, there is a lot of alcohol in this wine. However, it is very prune flavored or perhaps raisin flavored with a smokiness. I am not a wine expert by any means its just my 2 cents. Read More

    Wine review by annieok76


  • Domaine Mercouri Roditis Foloi 2006

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    A clean, refreshing white with nice balance, a creamy mouthfeel, and lemon lingering on the mineral finish. Read More

    Wine review by Kitsushan


  • Mavrodaphne Kourtake NV

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    Wine review by Tadek


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