Peloponnese

From Corinth canal in the north to Monemvasia, Methoni and Koroni castles in the South and from Epidaurus in the east all the way to Olympia in the west, Peloponnese offer all one can ask for. A deep dive in history at one of its few World Heritage sites, a beautiful coastline, a variety of landscapes, including high mountains, plateaus, rivers, valleys and caves and a lovely climate with the ever-shining sun, sea breezes and serene temperatures. The most important wine region here is Nemea, which represents the largest PDO appellation in the country. Its flagship red grape Agiorgitiko is not only the most well-known but also the most cultivated red variety nationwide. The larger Corinthia region, Achaia and Laconia produce also notable wine examples. The historic red variety Mavrodaphne dominates across the north and west of the peninsula and the white varieties Roditis, Moschofilero, Muscat Blanc and Kidonitsa, cultivated throughout, add versatility and character in the wine production of this blessed land.  

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Acheon
Aivalis
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Barafakas
Palivou
Papaioannou
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Sant'Or
Skouras
Tetramythos
Theodorakakos
Zacharias
Acheon

The Katsikostas family wine history began in 1946 when grandfather Luke Katsikostas started producing wine from the indigenous varieties found in Aigialeia, Achaia region of the Peloponnese. The wines, produced with the scarce means of the time, were vinified and stored in wooden barrels in the underground cellars of the family’s wine shop in the port of Aigio. 


Third generation Katsikostas siblings, Sosanna and Luke, launched the new winery in 2004 after the completion of Sosanna’s studies in Oenology at the University of Bordeaux, Toulouse and Reims in France. Their goal is to create high-quality wines from the indigenous varieties in their region. The new winery has state of the art equipment to produce fine handcrafted wines that express the unique characteristics of Aigialeia terroir and its grape varieties, including the rare Sideritis variety.

Aivalis

Since establishing his winery in 1997 and with his very first cuvees, Christos Aivalis has reinvented the style of Nemea. A civil servant by daily occupation and profound wine lover has managed to transfuse this dedication to his son, Sotiris, now a most capable winemaker himself, who assists him in the winery. He has acquired old vineyard plots in the most admirable parts of the zone. The plants there are autochthonous and grow naturally without irrigation or fertilizers. Some of them are as old as 120 years and a good number is reaching the age of 70years. The majority of them lie at an altitude of 600m and over rock and fossilized soil. He produces all his Agiorgitiko labels with single-vineyard identification, to be able to express the different terroirs’ characteristics. He vinifies with natural yeasts and bottles all his red wines unfined and unfiltered.

Athanasiou

Michael Athanasiou runs his certified organic family winery and makes wines from grapes grown in the family’s estate around Ancient Nemea. He works exclusively with the indigenous grape varieties of the region and has been experimenting on the production of completely natural wine by Agiorgitiko in the last 9 years. 2016 Fysis is his first natural wine release and the first Agiorgitiko wine hitting the market containing 0% sulphites.

Barafakas

Young winemaker Christos Barafakas with a degree in Agriculture returned to his family’s 14-hectare large vineyard in Nemea and established his winery in 2002. He has been one of the few new producers, who expressed the Agiorgitiko variety in fresh styles, without the use of ageing wooden barrels. His vineyard plots have a varying altitude between 280 and 600m above sea level, with plants ranging in age between 5 to 45 years and overall low yields, 6-9 t/ha. Although generally straightforward and practical in his approach, he has created some unique wines, such as “Thousand Years”, a blend of Agiorgitiko and Cabernet Sauvignon, suitable for ageing in the cellar and the boutique Phylacto, sun-dried Assyrtiko in very limited quantities, a “mini-Vinsanto” (with a twist, as aged in acacia barrels) to be found outside Santorini.

Palivou

​​Palivou WinerySince 1995, when the old traditional treading tank was replaced by a contemporary winery, following the demands of modern times, Palivou Estate entered into a new dynamic phase of life and development. Palivou Estate owns one of the largest vineyards in the PDO zone of Nemea with more than 30 hectares, planted mostly with Agiorgitiko, but also with Rodites, Malagousia, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. The vineyards spread over different regions of Ancient Nemea, the most advantageous of which is located at 420 meters above sea level and are cultivated organically. The plane north winds, especially during the hot summer months, contribute to better health and slow ripening of the grapes. Various soil types and the particular microclimate of each location contribute to the variety and complexity of the wines produced by the Estate.

Papaioannou
This historic winery in Nemea continues a family tradition of no less than 7 generations. Founder Thanasis Papaioannou has been the first winemaker who has seen the potential of Assyrtiko and has taken its cultivation outside Santorini, to be soon followed by a bunch of winemakers across the country, who developed the many styles of Assyrtiko available in Greece today. He also adopted organic viticulture very early on and it was the first private vineyard in Nemea to obtain organic certification over 20 years ago.


This work is now carried out faithfully by his son, Geoge, who oversees the cultivation of their family vineyards, mostly in and around Ancient Nemea and directs the winemaking process. Their wines are being produced by the exclusive use of own grapes, which controls their final quality significantly. They cultivate both Greek and international grape varieties and produce over 20 labels that are distinguished by their lively fruit, as well as a classic and balanced style.
Papargyriou

The winery’s founder, Aristidis Papargyriou, planted his first vineyards in 1978, with the aim to produce wines of high quality and distinctive character. He chose matched varieties with high potential for the region, such as Assyrtiko, Sauvignon Blanc, the local Muscat, Cabernet Sauvignon, Agiorgitiko and Mavrodaphne. In the early ‘90s, the first Papargyriou wines were released. Yannis, his son, with studies in Agriculture and winemaking at the famous Wine Institute of Geisenheim in Germany, has been continuing his work since then and expanded the family’s vineyard, originally to be found near the village of Lalioti, Corinthia, 120km to the west of Athens, to a new vineyard site at Sofiana, Corinthia, at 800-900m altitude. This splendid new vineyard of 16 hectares is giving grapes of superior quality and has raised the production to around 50000 bottles yearly.

Sant'Or

The organic family winery is located at the foot of Mount Skolis, Santamerianiko Mountain, which dominates over the Castle ruins of Sant’ Or, built by the Franco-Flemish in 1273. In the historic Village of Santameri in Achaia, at 30Km from Patras and an altitude of 600m, the family vineyards cover an area of 4 hectares and grow the indigenous Peloponnesian varieties, Roditis, Agiorgitiko, Mavrodaphne and the unique local white aromatic variety Santameriana, that was revived, thanks to the efforts of the winery. Cultivation follows the biodynamic principles since 2015 and the wines are produced with minimal intervention and very low sulfite addition at bottling in the modern winery. The total output of the winery is 80000 bottles.

Skouras

Domaine Skouras was established in 1986 by George Skouras, a local who studied Agriculture & Oenology in Dijon, Burgundy in the early 1980’s. Initially the small wine-making facility was in Pyrgela, a small village in the outskirts of Argos, before it moved to the village of Gimno and further on to Malandreni, within the Nemea Appellation, in 2004. The winery works on the local grapes Agiorgitiko and Moschofilero, as well as a number of international grapes, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah and Viognier and is linked with the emblematic wine, Megas Oenos, which has been the first pioneering blend of Agiorgitiko and Cabernet Sauvignon released in the Greek market back in 1986.

Tetramythos

Established in 1999, Tetramythos winery has been the product of collaboration between the viticulturist brothers Aristides and Stathis Spanos and the oenologist Panagiotis Papagiannopoulos. Following the first wine releases in that year, new vineyards were planted in the following years and a modern winery was completed in 2004. The vineyards are situated on the slopes of the Mountains of Aigialeia, at an altitude of 450-1050m and cultivated organically. They benefit from a mountainous microclimate, limestone soil and exposure to the Gulf of Corinth breeze.

Theodorakakos
This organic family vineyard and winery lies at the 17th kilometre of the national road Sparta – Gytheio, direction Monemvasia. It was from this region, according to the tradition, where the Byzantine emperor and the Court of Constantinople were supplied with wine. The first vines of the vineyard were planted at the beginning of the 20th century, by grandfather Nicolas. Today, with over 30 hectares of privately-owned vineyard, George Theodorakakos continues to cultivate the local wine varieties, Kydonitsa, the Peloponnesian Mavroudi, Monemvasia, Thrapsa and the widely known national grapes Assyrtiko, Rodites and Agiorgitiko. The winery was built in 1988 at the heart of the vineyard, outfitted with the latest equipment to support the production of high-quality wines, under the supervision of George’ enologist son, Nicolaos. Low yields, up to 8t/ha, contribute towards an excellent grape quality and the vineyards converted to organic farming in 1996. All the wines produced in the winery use exclusively grapes of the privately-owned vineyard.
Zacharias

Established by one of the oldest families of winemakers in Nemea, Zacharias Vineyards rely on tradition as well as scientific expertise and innovation to produce respectable wines that have earned multiple distinctions along the way. The company’s winery, one of the largest and most historic in the area, is built two kilometres out of Nemea and lies at the heart of the Nemean vineyard, exactly opposite to the hill where the Acropolis of Ancient Phlious once loomed. Ancient Greeks called the area Phliasian field or Phliasian land. Here, from the same soil, the renowned Phliasian wine was produced.

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