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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

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Mondeuse

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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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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  • Maurodaphne de Patras

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    megalh malakia autos o krasos..eleos...the biggest bullshit wine...wtf!!!!!!!!!!!its so sweet that u r gonna need insulide injections....fuck it..the worst wine ever Read More

    Wine review by potsos


  • Achaia Clauss Red Blend Nemea Demestica NV

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    pppppprrr...kalo einai alla re malakes minarides patrinoi me ksenerwsate...afhste na valw egw ena tag pou 8a gamaei...eleos kolompinedes Read More

    Wine review by potsos


  • Skouras Red Blend St. George 2007

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    This is a great introduction to Agiorgitiko. It's classically styled with soft acids but not too chunky allowing the red berry fruits to take center stage. It's got some snap to it so don't think this is flabby and it offers up some toasty notes and a hint of underbrush on both the nose and the palate. This could use some more length and elegan... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Boutari Moschofilero White 2007

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    Light color. May have been a bad bottle. Bit off balanced with flabby midpalate. Really did not like it. Tasted like cheap wine at a chinese restaurant. Read More

    Wine review by jdepetrillo


  • Boutari Moschofilero Mantinia 2004

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    Its like having a piece of lemon meringue pie in your mouth, citrus with hints of vanilla and cream. A porch pounder for sure. Read More

    Wine review by huddy1981


  • Oenoforos Winery Asprolithi Patras Dry White 2007

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    Pale straw color. Apple and lemon aromas. VERY dry medium bodied wine, with hints of lemon, chalk finish.86pts Read More

    Wine review by jdepetrillo


  • Tselepos Moschofilero Mantinia 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by panagis


  • Skoras St George 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by panagis


  • Gaia Estate Agiorgitiko Nemea Nótios 2007

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    quirky smooth velvety, deep ruby bright berries on top, slate minerals below. Leather and plum. Read More

    Wine review by ibex


  • Boutari Moschofilero White 2007

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    This is by far the best white I have ever tasted. It is a balance between sweet and dry. Like in between Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio/Gris. Forget pairing-this is a treat unto itself. Smooth, crisp, fruity- but not cheap. Read More

    Wine review by catalystah


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