NEMEA

NEMEA. A BLESSED LAND.

In NEMEA P.D.O. appellation of Greece, the vineyard is extended in a 250 m to 850 m altitude and has a great variance in the soil and climate characteristics.

There is a large variation of environmental conditions inside the P.D.O. area. Hillsides on calcareous soils and stony soils on foot slopes are considered the best for long-ageing wines.

Historically, the Nemea vineyard has roots in pre-Christian times, when the plain of Nemea was called FILISION PEDION. In 1971, it was recognized as P.D.O in accordance with the modern legislation of the P.D.O. The area of Nemea is the largest wine-growing zone in Greece and contains the areas of the central valley, Archaies Kleones, Gimnou-Leontiou, Malendreni. Archaia Nemea, Nymenou-Leontiou, Asprokambou-Psariou, Malandreniou, and of course, Koutsiou.

SOIL

It consists of a shallow (70-80cm) clay layer that lies upon the lime mother soil with relatively neutral ph. Low organic content, like most of the limestone soils in Greece. On the slopes of the hills where most of the vineyards are located, the soils drain quite well but are exposed to erosion.

CLIMATE

Relatively cold and humid winter with low temperatures that rarely drop below the freezing point. Summers are warm, without excessively high temperatures and with few showers during June. Typically, after summer a long autumn follows. Warm September days with significantly colder nights and relatively dry conditions synthesize an ideal weather pattern for a good maturation.  The total rain precipitations (600-700mm annually) occurs mainly (80%) between October and March but sometimes they appear at the beginning of September in consequence the appearance of Botrytis Cinerea which damages the grape quality.

VARIETY– AGIORGITIKO

A historical variety with a great genetic variation. Its main characteristics are: medium-sized berries with relatively thin skin, intense deep color and a high phenolic and sugar maturity that do not always coincide with time. Agronomists and Oenologists of our company work systematically by searching ways and practices that will lead to the simultaneous maturation of phenols and sugars. Alcohol can often reach the 14%.

The organoleptic characteristic of the wines are: red deep color and aromatic descriptors of red fruits while tannins are remarkably soft and evolve in time very slowly. The structure and the acidity of the wines are remarkable. Complex but well balanced wines are produced in many areas of this region.

NEMEA P.D.O is the biggest Protected Destination of Origin for red wines in Greece, home of Agiorgitiko.

WINERY

The winery was built in 1997 at the heart of the private vineyard in Koutsi, Nemea at an altitude of 550m. A modern industrial building, which gives us a wonderful panoramic view of the flatland of Nemea and of Asopos River valley, situated 350 meters lower. Its capacity is 3,060 hectoliters while its production equipment and the high quality control systems offer the oenologist every state-of-the-art instrument for a vertical production of high quality wines.