Wines of the Peloponnese

Located in southern Greece, separated from the mainland by the Corinth Canal, the Peloponnese peninsula is home to a vast winegrowing and winemaking region amongst its mountainous topography. There are three main winegrowing regions within the Peloponnese, including Mantinia, Nemea, and Patras.

Nemea is the best-known region, and considered by some to be the most important on the Peloponnese. Near the town of Nafplio and along the Argolid, Nemea is important for its production of red wines, notably wines produced from the Agiorghitiko grape. Also known as St. George, or sometimes Mavro Nemeas (a callback to the traditional Mavro grape), Agiorghitiko is the most common varietal to find planted in Greece. AOC wines from this area tend to exhibit a deep velvety texture that matches their dark purple hue.

Mantinia, centrally located in the higher altitudes of the Peloponnese mountains, is better suited to white wine production. The most popular grape here is Moschofilero, which produces some pretty white wines. A steady climate, combined with high altitudes and well drained soil influences the dynamic, aromatic nature of the AOC wines.

On the northwest Peloponnese is Patras, the third viticultural region of the peninsula. The area is known for the self titled Patra wine, Moschato Patron, Moschato Rio of Patras, and Mavrodaphne. Patra is produces from the popular Roditis grape, and is a dry white wine with savory spice notes. Moschato Patron and Moschato Rio of Patras are both white dessert wines with a surprising amount of aromatics for such a sweet wine. Mavrodaphne is a fortified wine made from Mavrodaphne and Korinthiaki grapes.

The Peloponnese is home to a number of great winemakers, including George Skouras of Domaine Skouras, a vintner trained in Burgundy who produces wines with both native and foreign grape varietels.