Nemea Wine Tasting Tour
Nemea Wine Tasting Tour
Duration : 6 Hours
Max People : 10
Start Location: From your hotel, ship, or apartment
Total Seats : 10/10
Duration: 6 hours
Price per Group
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Nemea Wine Tasting Tour
Visit the biggest vineyard in Greece with our Nemea wine tasting tour. We leave Athens and drive south to Peloponnese. After a short stop at the Corinth Canal, we continue to Nemea where according to mythology, Hercules or Heracles (in Greek) killed the lion.
Not far away, there is also Stymphalia Lake where Hercules completes his second labor by killing the birds that were eating men with beaks made of bronze and sharp metallic feathers they could launch at their victims. They were sacred to Ares, the god of war. Furthermore, their dung was highly toxic.
Nemea Wine Tasting Tour- History
The area of Nemea in antiquity had sports games that were called Nemean Games and they were celebrated in between of Olympic Games every two years. With the Isthmian Games, the Nemean Games were held both the year before and the year after the Ancient Olympic Games and the Pythian Games in the third year of the Olympiad cycle.
The Nemean Games included Horse Racing, Running in armor in the Stadium, Wrestling, Chariot Racing, Discus, Boxing, spear-throwing, and Archery. As well they also had music contests.
Like the Olympic Games, they were held in honor of Zeus. They were said to have been founded by Heracles after he defeated the Nemean lion; another myth said that they originated as the funeral games of a child named Opheltes. Nemea region is one of the most important wine regions for the production of red wine in Greece.
Nemea Wine Tasting Tour – Nemea Wine Roads
Leaving Athens southwest, we drive for around 1 hour and we arrive at the Corinth Canal for a short stop to take some pictures. Then, we reach Nemea where we visit some of the best wineries there.
Including the temple of Zeus (optional) thanks to the efforts of Stephen Miller, a former Director of the Nemea excavations, 4 columns of the temple were restored in 2012. After the private Nemea wine-tasting tour, we return to Athens.
According to archaeological excavations, the wine was first produced in Nemea almost 3500 years ago. Nemea is one of the largest winemaking regions in Greece and produces some of its best wines in the country.
The prominent grape here is Ayorgyitiko, one of the noblest of the Greek red grapes, which was named after the town of Nemea originally called “Agios Georgios” or St. George. Ayorgyitiko produces wines that stand out for their deep red color and remarkable aromatic complexity. Read also our blog post about “the best wines in Nemea’.
Wines in Greece- Enjoy the Nemea wine tasting tour
Ayorgyitiko’s soft tannins, combined with its balanced acidity can produce many different styles of wine, ranging from fresh aromatic reds to full-bodied, age-worthy reds. It also has very pleasant aromatic rose wines.
The Nemea wine-growing region can roughly be divided into three zones according to the altitude of the vineyards. At the lowest altitudes, in the valley of Nemea (250m-450m), light reds and dessert wines are produced.
In the next zone (450m-650m) some of the best age-worthy reds are produced and at the highest altitudes, up to 900m, aromatic roses, and fresh reds are made. Some of Greece’s most well-known wineries are located in Nemea all of which are worth taking the time to visit.
The Unique Characteristics of Nemea’s Wines
One of the key factors that sets Nemea’s wines apart is the region’s terroir. The combination of the Mediterranean climate, fertile soil, and the specific grape variety, Agiorgitiko, results in wines with exceptional depth and complexity.
Agiorgitiko, also known as “St. George,” is the primary grape variety grown in Nemea. It thrives in the region’s clayey soil, which retains moisture and provides the vines with the necessary nutrients. The grape yields wines that are known for their deep red color, full-bodied nature, and velvety texture. These characteristics make Nemea’s wines suitable for aging, allowing them to develop more nuanced flavors over time.
Furthermore, Nemea’s wines offer a wide range of flavor profiles. From bold and robust reds to lighter and fruitier variations, there is a Nemea wine to suit every palate. The region’s winemakers have perfected the art of blending different grape varieties, resulting in a diverse selection of wines that offer a unique taste experience.
The Health Benefits of Nemea’s Wines
Aside from their exquisite taste, Nemea’s wines also offer a range of health benefits. Like many red wines, Nemea’s wines are rich in antioxidants, particularly resveratrol. Studies have shown that resveratrol can help reduce the risk of heart disease by improving cardiovascular health and lowering LDL cholesterol levels.
Additionally, moderate consumption of red wine, including Nemea’s wines, has been linked to a reduced risk of certain types of cancer, including colon, prostate, and breast cancer. The polyphenols found in red wine have been shown to have anticancer properties and may help inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
Furthermore, Nemea’s wines contain a variety of vitamins and minerals, including potassium, calcium, and magnesium. These essential nutrients contribute to overall well-being and can support bone health, regulate blood pressure, and improve digestion.
Nemea’s Wines and Greek Cuisine
No exploration of the importance of Nemea’s wines would be complete without discussing their perfect pairing with Greek cuisine. Greek cuisine is known for its bold flavors and diverse dishes, and Nemea’s wines complement them beautifully.
For hearty meat dishes, such as moussaka or souvlaki, Nemea’s robust red wines are an excellent choice. The wine’s tannins and acidity help cut through the richness of the meat, enhancing the overall dining experience.
When it comes to seafood, Nemea’s lighter reds or rosés shine. These wines provide a refreshing contrast to the delicate flavors of fish and shellfish, without overpowering them.
For those with a sweet tooth, Nemea’s dessert wines, such as Mavrodaphne, are a must-try. These wines are rich and luscious, pairing perfectly with traditional Greek desserts like baklava or loukoumades.
Faq Nemea Wine Tasting Tour
The Nemea wine tasting excursion includes visits to local wineries in the Nemea area, wine tasting, tours of the vineyards and transportation to and from the wineries.
The duration of the tour is 5.5 hours.
Yes, it is allowed to buy wine directly from wineries.
Dress comfortably and consider the weather. If touring vineyards, wear appropriate footwear for walking on uneven terrain. Sunscreen and a hat may be advisable during outdoor activities.
Places You’ll See :
- English speaking driver-guide
- Pick up/drop off
- Professionally guided tour
- Unlimited bottled water
- All meals included
- Tips to guide and driver