The viticultural area of Nemea is one of the largest and most important PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) zones in Greece, stretching from the Argolida and Corinthia, with the main variety being Agiorgitiko.
Seventeen villages define the zone and compose a unique area for wine, with different altitudes, type of soil and microclimate. Which are:
Aidonia, Ancient Cleones, Ancient Nemea, Asprokambos, Galatas, Daphni, Kastraki, Koutsi, Leontio, Bozikas, Nemea, Petri, Titan, Psari, Gymno, Kefalari, Maladreni.
Nemea is divided into three main vineyard zones, the first with altitudes between 230 and 450 meters, the second between 450 and 650 meters and the third between 650 and 1040 meters. The latter is of great importance for wine production, as due to the cold climate the wines are distinguished by their freshness, velvety tannins and rich aromas.
It is also characterized by a great diversity of soils. The area includes 429,506 acres, of which 25,000 are planted with Agiorgitiko.
All these factors have given Agiorgitiko the ability to produce a wide style of wines, such as fresh rosés, aged reds and even desserts.
Agiorgitiko (Translation: St.George)
Agiorgitiko is the most widely planted red Greek grape variety, cultivated in Nemea PDO region and performs admirably well in the Mediterranean climate.
The mountainous vineyards between 450m (1350ft) and 1000m (2000ft), allow full ripeness of flavour with enough acidity and structure to keep the wine balanced. The grape usually ripens around September.
The main taste characteristics of the Agiorgitiko variety are the small red fruits such as plum, sour cherry, strawberry, but also some violet, tobacco, spices while the sweet notes of clove and vanilla follow.