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Wines from Peloponnese

The Largest Winemaking Region of Greece

Peloponnese, which is a huge landmass located on the southern tip of Greece, is the largest winemaking region in the country, with almost 22,000 hectares under wine grape cultivation.

The Peloponnese wine region is found to be contributing over 1.6 million hectoliters of wine every year.

I would say that this is the most important viticulture region in the country from every aspect. With the winemaking history dating back to more than 4000 years, it’s no wonder that Peloponnese is important as a wine region in Greece.

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Now, let’s see more about this region’s viticulture here…

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History of Viticulture in Peloponnese

The first reference of the wines in Peloponnese was given by Homer, who called it full of vines.

The archaeological evidence suggests that wines were made here before four thousand years.

We can observe that the middle Ages were the golden times in the viticulture history of the Peloponnese during when the Monemvasia Port was operating as the trade centre of the sweet wines of Malvasia.

The downtime in the viticulture of Peloponnese started during the Ottoman Rule in the sixteenth century. The wines once again started to become an important industry in Peloponnese only after the World War II.

Thus, we can call this region as the meeting place of old wines and new winemaking methods.

Looking at Peloponnese Viticulture Zone

Topographically speaking, this is a peninsula, where the seas of Aegean, Ionian, and Mediterranean meet.

With a total surface area of about 8,300 square miles, the Peloponnese region covers two of the most highly acclaimed PDO wine regions of the country, which are namely, Nemea and Martinia.

We can see that several mountain ranges are traversing this region and this is here that the majority of the region viticulture activities are taking place.

It is quite easy to reach this region if we travel over the Corinth Canal. Once reached Peloponnese, we can see that there are seven mountains of altitudes two thousand meters and above.

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Climate and Soil in Peloponnese

In spite of the region’s close proximity to the Aegean Sea, the climatic conditions in Peloponnese are found to be more continental instead of being Mediterranean.

Here, the winters are found to be much colder than several of the low-lying areas of the country.

We can see that the hotter days are being followed by colder nights during the growing seasons here. This climatic trend is found to be extending the ripening periods, thereby balancing the flavours and acidity levels in the wine grapes.

The experts say that the region’s diurnal temperature difference in Peloponnese is critical to the refreshing acidity in wine grapes, thus enhancing the quality of the wines produced here.

The soil types in Peloponnese are found to be very diverse with the major soil types being clay, limestone, sand, alluvial, and schist.

Wine Appellations in Peloponnese

At present, the Peloponnese region is known to be one of the most viticulturally productive regions in the country.

As such, the region has as many as seven PDO appellations and seventeen other regional appellations spread across the whole Peloponnese region.

The PDO appellations of Peloponnese are:

  • Mantinia
  • Nemea
  • Mavrodaphne of Patras
  • Patras
  • Muscat of Patras
  • Muscat of Rio Patras
  • Monemvasia-Malvasia

We can observe that all these PDO appellations are being made exclusively from native grape varieties following a framework of strict laws.

Wine Grapes of Peloponnese

What we could observe about the wine grapes is that a wide range of native and international varieties are being covered by the appellations of Peloponnese.

The major ones among them are as follows:

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