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winemaking regions - peloponnese

The first reference to the wine tradition of the Peloponnese came from Homer who called it Ampeloessa, meaning "full of vines." Neither wars nor phylloxera were able to stop the production of wine here in one of the most historic wine regions of Greece. Spread throughout hillsides, plains and plateaus, the vineyards of the Peloponnese are known for their diversity and complexity.

Not far from the pretty town of Nafplion we find Nemea, the most important AOC region in southern Greece for the production of red wines. Here the Agiorghitiko grape is used and produces wines famous for their deep red color, complex aroma and long, velvety palate.

In the high altitudes of Mantinia, the noble Moschofilero grape is cultivated producing the AOC wines, Mantinia. The continental climate together with the poor, but well drained soil also leads to the production of some exciting aromatic white wines.

On the northwestern part of the Peloponnese is the viticultural region of Patras. Four AOC wines are produced in this area: a savory dry white named Patra, made from the Roditis grape, two delicious aromatic white dessert wines, Moschato Patron and Moschato Rio of Patras, and the popular Mavrodaphne, a fortified red wine made from the Mavrodaphne and Korinthiaki grapes.

Antonopoulos Vineyards
Antonopoulos Vineyards was founded by the late, Konstantinos Antonopoulos and his vision lives on and provides inspiration for owner, Yiannis Halikias, who continues the tradition of producing cutting edge wines. The vineyards, located just south of Patras on the slopes of the Achaia mountains, consist of unique indigenous varieties and well adapted French grapes which combine to produce wines that continue to receive the international recognition and acclaim they deserve.

Domaine Skouras
Over the last fifteen years, the Burgundy trained winemaker George Skouras has brought his Domaine to the forefront of Greek Estates producing wines with native and international grapes. Skouras has built one winery near Argos, another in the bucolic village of Gymno, in the AOC region of Nemea and a third is under construction.

Domaine Spiropoulos
This modern winery and most of the vineyards are located in the heart of Arcadia in Ancient Mantinia with other vineyards in Nemea. The Spiropoulos family, closely associated with winemaking since 1860, has also been pioneering in the production of organic viticulture since 1993. Their high quality wines are produced under the supervision of UC-Davis trained Apostolos Spiropoulos.

Domaine Tselepos
At the foothills of Mount Parnon, near ancient Tegea the Burgundy trained Yiannis Tselepos built his winery. After carefully selecting the most suitable "terroirs" he planted native and international varieties with the intention of producing contemporary style, elegant wines.

Gaia Wines
Gaia was founded in 1994 by Leon Karatsalos and Yiannis Paraskevopoulos with a commitment to producing quality wine from the unique indigenous grapes of their native Greece. Both owners have degrees in agronomy from the University of Thessaloniki and Paraskevopoulos also received a Ph.D in Oenology from the University of Bordeaux II. The first wine they produced in 1994 was the AOC Santorini wine, Thalassitis that has become one of their signature wines. Their first vintage yielded less than 10,000 bottles, but as its popularity has grown the production of Thalassitis, made from the noble Assyrtiko grape, now exceeds 100,000 bottles a year.

Lafkiotis Winery
Back then, in 1963, the Lafkiotis family, started making wine using some of the best Greek varieties found in Ancient Cleonai of Corinthia.

Today, supported by the experience of 40 years, the family selects the most proper vineyards, makes wine in modern facilities and ages the wines in French, oak barrels in environment-controlled cellars. Germans, Swedes, Belgians, Austrians, Americans, Dutch and Danish enjoy the Lafkiotis wines, in their countries.

Mercouri Estate
In the western Peloponnese, near ancient Olympia is the family owned Mercouri Estate with 150 years of history in the production of wine, currants and olive oil. Vassilis and Christos Kanellakopoulos, fourth generation of the Mercouri family, have revived the winemaking tradition of this historic property with the production of distinctively branded products.

On the beautiful slopes of Aegio, we find the Oenoforos winery built on five levels, utilizing gravity in order to provide a natural flow for the must. The site was chosen by the Bordeaux trained winemaker Angelos Rouvalis after extensive research of the surrounding area and neighboring vineyards. Rouvalis and his partner Yiannis Karabatsos have had a very positive influence on the development of the wine growing region of Aegialia.

Palivos Estate
Located in Ancient Nemea, just steps from the temple of Zeus is the Palivos Estate. George Palivos, a third generation winemaker, has carefully selected his vineyards in the heart of Nemea for the production of high quality wines made from local and international grapes.

Vatistas Winery
Yiannis Vatistas vineyards lie on the plants of Vion and the hillsides of Pantanassa next to the castle of Monemvasia, where the famous wine Malvazia originates.

In the vineyards you can find the local varieties Petrouliano, Asproudi, Thrapsa, Mavroudi, Monemvasia, Kydonitsa, Roditi, Mandilaria as well as, Assyrtiko, Aedani, Athiri, Agiorgitiko, Malagousia, along with the noble foreign varieties Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet and Merlot.



Region Of Peloponnese

Region Of Peloponnese

Other Winemaking Regions
Sterea Ellada
Aegean Islands
Ionian Islands

US Importers
Antonopoulos Vineyards
Fantis Foods
60 Triangle Blvd
NJ 07072
Tel: 201 9336200

Mercouri Estate,
Domaine Spiropoulos,
Gaia Wines

Athenee Importers
PO Box 2039
NY 11551
Tel: 516 5054800

Nestor Imports
225 Broadway Suite 2911
New York
NY 10007-3001
Tel: 212 2671133

Palivos Estate
Stellar Imports
166-23 17TH Road Whitestone,
New York NY11357
Tel: 718 3521180

Domaine Skouras
Diamond Importers
528 Wrightwood Road
IL 60614
Tel: 773 5496211

Domaine Tselepos
VOS Selections
Victor Swartz
Tel: 212-967-6948

Vatistas Winery
Wonderful Ethnic Imports
230 Fifth Avenue Suite 1002
New York, NY 10001
Contact: Konstantine Drougos
Tel: 212-683-5021

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