Nemea wines - Best wine in Greece and only 20 minutes away from Hotel Segas in Loutraki

 Nemea Wines - V.Q.P.R.D. Vin de Qualité Produit Dans Une Région Déterminée or Wine of Quality Produced in Determined Regions - are briliant and only 20 minutes away from Loutraki 

 

Nemea grapes

 

 Nemea to the north-east of Peloponnese is a hotspot for red Greek wines in terms of quantity and certainly, of quality.

Nemea is distinguished by a bedazzling variety of soils, aspects altitudes and hence microclimates which explain the many facet of the Agiorgitiko grape: Its wine styles range from fresh roses, very light velvety reds that are drunk chilled, to medium-bodied and moderately tannic, oak-aged, forward-drinking reds, to some of the most deep coloured, tannic and concentrated monsters produced from native Greek grapes.

Agiorgitiko wine"St. George's" bears many similarities with Merlot. In terms of flavour expression, texture and blending potential. At their best Nemea and other Agiorgitiko wines display soft, "sweet" tannins in abundance. As a result they are outstanding candidates for both barrel ageing and carbonic maceration.

Nemean winemakers have also experimented at various degrees of success with international varieties. One practice blends low-yielding Agiorgitiko grapes that originate from the higher vineyards with small amounts of Merlot and Cabernet, creating a style dubbed "super-Nemeas" (outside of the AOC classification) that can age and develop gracefully for several years. There has been a call for a super-appellation, High Nemea, to make these distinctions within the Nemea appellation zone more clear.

Recommended Producers:

George Skouras, a Dijon graduate, Yiannis Paraskevopoulos, one of Greece's most famous consultant enologists and owner of the pioneering Gaia Estate in a high-elevation site near Nemea. Also the artisan Thanassis Papaioánnou.

The wine of Fliasion became popular in antiquity due to its widespread consumption during the ancient Nemean Games that attracted crowds from various areas. Unfortunately, there are few archaeological finds providing information on the ancient history of wine. This may be due to the limited excavations in the Fliasion Field and the destruction of ancient buildings and facilities caused by deep ploughing and the illegal hunt for antiquities. However, there is sufficient archaeological evidence to support the conclusion that human life, and therefore the ancestral productive activities, continued in the ancient Fliountas until the middle Byzantine period.

Some believe that this was also the seat of the Diocese of Polyfeggos, a name given later to the Diocese of Flios. It seems that, in the beginning of the late Byzantine period, times were rough and people took refuge in the safety of Polyfeggos which, along with the newly-established village of Aghios Georgios, became the twin settlement of lower town and fortress, similar to Ancient Corinth and its acropolis. By the mid-14th century, Aghios Georgios was one of the tax-collecting centres in the Frankish principality of Achaia. This certainly justifies the thought that at the time the settlement of Aghios Georgios-Polyfeggos continued to be a residential and productive hub in the region, just as the wine-producing Flious in ancient times, "a city worthy of Dionysus' praise", according to the poet Bacchylides.

After the destruction of Polyfeggos by Muhammad II The Conqueror in 1458, the name Polyfeggos seems to survive only in the Diocese and the mountain, and the name of Aghios Georgios in the lower village and, consequently, the excellent regional products: the black grape and the dark wine. At times, the name of the local Aghiorghitiko wine was attributed to the small church of Aghios Georgios; however, the church is post-Byzantine, therefore it was built later than the settlement of Aghios Georgios.

* The texts of this section are taken from a speech by George Kostouros, writer and civil engineer from Nemea.

 

The Aghiorghitiko wine in the 21th century

The Aghiorghitiko wine entered the twentieth first century accompanied by a broad reputation and great credentials. Its course in this century was even greater, and would require not one, but a whole series of relevant articles and speeches to be properly presented.

The construction of the Harilaou winery by the Society of Wine and Spirits in 1923-25; the creation of the Winemaking Cooperative in 1937; the establishment of the Lazopoulos winery and dozens of small or larger wineries and raki-making facilities later on; our local architecture, shaped by the needs of red wine-making; wine trading outside regional and national borders; the awards and distinctions of many producers; the establishment of the Nemea "Appellation of Origin of Superior Quality" (OPAP) Zone; place names such as Linoi and Dragasouritsa, which means a small hut for the vine worker/keeper of vines; past and present viticultural and wine distinctions and awards for the Aghiorghitiko; the contemporary Wine Roads; the friends of Aghiorghitiko and Nemea – all these are huge capitals for us, to be deposited to the Bank of History, as is the case in many other parts of Greece and the world, adding to our wine, with "competence and expertise worthy of Kallikratis", the surplus value from the interest of timeless, age-old local tradition and heritage.

  

 

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