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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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  • 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...

  • Agiorgitiko

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

  • Viognier

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

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  • Gaia Estate

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

  • Mercouri Estate

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

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  • Skouras Red Blend Megas Oenos 2005


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    Wine review by jillpickle

  • Skouras Red Blend St. George 2007


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    Wine review by jillpickle

  • Spiropoulos Mantinia 2013


    Interesting Greek white made from the Moschofilero grape. This pours out with a very light pink color and has a subtle nose of lemon pith. There is a combination of citrus, stone fruit and minerality, slightly reminding me of a simple chablis. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Kotrotsos Erasmios Moschofilero 2013


    Very pale yellow color. Fairly big floralcarnationand tropical fruit nose. On the tongue this is a lean quencher. There is some tropical fruit flavor, but more acidity. Towards the back of the palate, there is a, for lack of a better word, stoniness. As much as anything this reminds me of certain Italian white winesArneis might be the close... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Troupis Mantinia Moschofilero 2014


    Packs quite an aromatic punch of ripe orange, rose water and cayenne with some lemon poking through as well. In the mouth it's more smooth and nuanced, with the lemon lime notes leading the way through to some honey on the mid palate and a floral almost sunflower note that ends with a touch of cream. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Kouros Nemea 2010


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    Wine review by jwgwine

  • Kouros Agiorgitiko 2007


    Interesting Greek wine made from the Agiorgitiko grape. Nothing special but different. Somewhat light and thin in body, raspberry, red cherry, medium+ acidity and a fairly short finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Erasmios Moschofilero 2012


    Very pleasant Greek white. Reminds me of a good Italian pinot grigio, light and crisp with some floral notes and subtle citrus flavors. Lemon and green apple with a touch of spice. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Nasiakos Agiorgitiko Peloponnese 2008


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    Wine review by mark

  • Nasiakos Agiorgitiko Peloponnese 2008


    A little funky and wild on the nose with tart red cherry fruit frame with a bit of tar, hints of pine and a meaty, chalky grey earth core. Medium bodied on entry and both rather rich and rather fruity that the funky, earthy gamey notes emerge quickly on the palate adding a little bitterness to the fruit profile. theres plenty of acidity here to ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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