Wines from Nemea
A Wine Region of Captivating Red Wines
Nemea, which is located at the northeastern tip of the Peloponnese Peninsula, can be called as a region of captivating red wines.
This is arguably one of the most important red wine appellations in Greece with the history of winemaking dating back to the fifth century BC.
I would say this is an ideal place to halt and enjoy the taste of Greek wines, especially, those that are made from an Agiorgitiko grape variety.
If you are interested in knowing more about the wine activities in this region, just continue reading…
First Observations about Nemea
You can reach the village of Nemea by traveling in the southwestern direction from Corinth. From this spot, the beautiful village of Nemea is located at about 35 kilometres.
In the surrounding areas, you can find a total of seven mountains of height 2,000 meters and above.
Once you reach Nemea, you would understand that this is the favourite weekend spot for the natives.
Viticulturally speaking, we can say that the wine appellation that encompasses this village is the largest in the country with almost forty wineries having located within the village boundaries.
If you are planning to visit the wineries of Nemea, you can accomplish this in just one or two days.
Looking at Nemea as a Viticultural Zone
The region’s terroir can be easily sub-divided into three smaller zones as follows:
- Flat land that surrounds the village
- Hillier land to the western side of the village
- More mountainous land on the northern side
The altitudes of these sub-regions are ranging from 800 to 2600 feet above the ground level. Thus, these zones give rise to a larger difference in the wine styles that are produced in Nemea.
I would say that the best wines of Nemea can be tasted from the vineyards that are at the highest altitudes. In these areas, the soils are found to be gravel and temperatures are found to be lower.
Thus, in these zones, the Agiorgitiko variety thrives well in the diurnal temperature differences. Apart from the highest altitude zones, these grapes are found to be performing well in the free draining soils.
Here, the vigour and yields are low, thus producing highly concentrated grape varieties. On the other hand, the low-lying alluvial soils are giving rise to lesser acidic grape varieties.
Most often, the grapes that are cultivated in these high-temperature zones are made into sweet or light wine styles. As such, the lighter wines are produced by using the special process called carbonic maceration.
Wines and Wine Grapes of Nemea
The wine appellation laws of Greece states that the wines that are being produced in Nemea are to be made only from the Agiorgitiko grape variety, which is the second-most widely cultivated grape variety of Greece.
It’s to be noted that this is the only PDO level appellation in the country that makes use of this particular grape variety.
As such, we can see that this grape variety is traditionally grown in the Nemea region, although it can be found all over the country.
In Nemea, it is often made into rosé wines that are got from oak-aged reds. These wines are more popular for their higher levels of fruitiness, although they are found to be lacking the acidity and body.
In this region, these wines are locally referred as the Blood of Hercules. Despite the wine appellation laws, some other grape varieties are also being experimented in Nemea.
Important among these varieties is the international variety, Cabernet Sauvignon. Here, these wines are to be sold under the regional appellations of Peloponnese Peninsula.
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