In the wine country of the Peloponnese, it’s always best to get off the beaten track to discover the “gold” of the land. Spreading across splendid scenery amidst famous archaeological sites and hillside villages, large and small wineries with superb wines, provide the ideal ambience for “oenotourists” to enjoy the various nuances of wine.
To the northeast, the Nemean vineyards, encircling the famous archaeological site, ascend to an altitude of 800m. They yield white and red grape varieties which, combined with Agiorgitiko give the regional wines of the Peloponnese.
Viticulture tradition at nearby Gerania dates back to antiquity closely linked to the ancient towns of Megara and Elefsis. Here, the cultivated grape varieties give fruity, fresh whites and red regional wines rich in colour and body.
In Arcadia, the viticulture zone of Mantinia is spread over the plateau located between the mountains of Mainalon and Parnon. White wines, well balanced, with intense aroma, as well as red vins de garde, rich and deep in colour.
Further south in Laconia, the indigenous variety of Kydonitsa together with other local varieties give the white Laconian and Monemvasian regional wines. From the ancient red grape variety of Mavroudi and the Agiorgitiko variety, come the red Laconian and Monemvasian regional wines, rich in aromas and flavour.
To the west in Ilia, the Letrinon Regional wine is a combination of the Italian grape variety Refosco and the indigenous Mavrodaphne; full-bodied wine with discrete tannins, bright red colour and red fruit aroma.
In the beautiful Messinia vineyards, the cosmopolitan varieties prevail; full-bodied wines with complex aroma; rose wines with an intense fruity nose and rich, deep coloured red wines.
Achaia, a viticulture region with a long tradition in the production of currants as well as wine grapes, offers a long list of wines, with four appellations of origin among them. The white fruity VQPRD (Appellation of High Quality Origin) of Patras made of the Roditis variety; the sweet, strongly aromatic Muscat de Patras and Muscat de Rio Patras, from the white Muscat grape and the universally renowned Mavrodaphne de Patras. The white wines are fresh and pleasant while the red ones are rich.
To the west, the Ionian island of Cephalonia is home to Robola, widely accepted as one of the finest white wine grape varieties of Greece. Robola is grown within a high-altitude VQPRD appellation zone, and is characterized by lively citrus and mineral aromas, balanced, crisp acidity and long aftertaste. The Mavrodaphne and Muscat grape varieties are cultivated on the island’s plains, where they have been granted sweet ACO (Appellation of Controlled Origin) status.