In November we visited the wine roads of Nemea. Nemea is home to one of Greece’s most important red grapes varieties with Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) certification, perpetuating a 2,500 year old tradition, the Agiorgitiko variety.
We visited one of the wineries of Nemea located at an altitude of 600 m on the slopes of the hilly Koutsi region, an area blessed with bountiful vineyards perched on hillslopes amidst age-old cypress trees and olive groves.
At the entrance of the winery, the unobstructed view of the hills of all 4 neighboring regional areas Argolis, Arcadia, Corinthia and Laconia, makes for a great feast for the eyes.
We were welcomed by Margarita, oenologist and wine tourism coordinator of the Estate, who gave us a tour around the facilities and explained how the whole production process, from cultivation, pressing, barreling and then on to bottling, relies on the force of gravity. Margarita explained that the sequencing of the production process is in harmony with the hillslope landscape of the facilities, and ensures that the grapes are treated gently and with great care.
After the tour, we enjoyed a unique tasting experience of some of Greece’s very own indigenous grape varieties including Agiorgitiko, Moschofilero, Roditis and Malagousia.
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