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Region Guide: Peloponnese, Greece

Monemvassia-Malvasia PDO | Nemea PDO

The Peloponnese is a fascinating region. Hot and mountainous, it feels well off the beaten path.

As you might expect with a region of this size, the soils are hugely diverse. Clay, limestone, sandstone, alluvial and some schist provide the conditions to produces interesting wines from both red and white varieties.

Nemea, in the north of the region is undoubtedly the area's wine treasure. It's a wine produced from the local red Agiorgitiko whose small, concentrated berries with its thick skins contributes to robust, dusty tannic red wines that demonstrate and exceptional ability to age.

To the west, near Mantineia, the Moschofilero grapes grows. It's a variety known for it's almost Muscat like aromas. Lots of lychee and candy characterise these often simple white wines. In this heat though they are wonderfully refreshing.