Meet the vineyards of Nemea – distinctive Terroir (Vineyard) wine-growing zone of Nemea.
Taste the famous wine and find out why Greeks are so proud of their wine production. You need at least 2 wine tastings in two different wineries (in depended what activity you will choose: on foot, cycling or just with the car) to hear interesting information of the winemaking techniques and tips for the grapes and wines which are produced locally to taste the unique varieties of the nemean wine which have earn a lot of gold metals.
The Nemean region, situated just 115 kilometers southwest of Athens, is linked to numerous myths and traditions. It became better known because of the famous “Labour” of Hercules, the defeat of the fearsome lion that used to prey on the area. The Nemean Lion was a beast of tremendous force, rage and size which lived in a cave with two exits on Mount Triton. The Semi-god hero blocked one of the exits of the cave trapping the animal inside, struck it with his bat, and finally strangled it with his bare hands. In the land of Nemea, according to the legend, reigned Flias, son of Dionysus (god of wine), who founded the town that bore his name, Fliasia.
According to a version of the legend, the vine was cultivated for the first time here and wine was produced, the famous fliasios wine. The vine is considered to have been God’s gift to his mortal son.
During the Byzantine period Nemea used to be called St. George from the homonymous Byzantine church from which also derives the name of the famous grape variety, Agiorgitiko.
The presence of the variety Agiorgitiko, and generally the cultivation of vines and the production of wine, has been reported in the region since 2000 BC.