International red wine grape varieties

Cabernet Sauvignon

For some, Cabernet Sauvignon is the best red varietal worldwide. Either it is or not, this top French varietal has found its way in the Peloponnese as well, being at its best in the area Trifilia (Messinia Wine Roads). In the Peloponnese it is come across as a single variety but also in blends, especially with Agiorgitiko grape variety, making its wines a little more… wild and restless, but also more complex aromatically. This way, paralleling these blends with the well-known Italian wines “Super Tuscans”, we could talk about “Super Nemeas”.


The second most popular red grape variety in the world (of French origin), after Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot has found some plantation spots in the Peloponnese, mainly in its more wet vineyards, since it loves humidity, producing some single-variety wines (once very high in quality) or by participating in several blends.

Pinot noir

Although it has a different aromatic and taste profile, Pinot noir, not greatly planted in the Peloponnese, produces red wines which definitely do not lose the nobility of the variety.


A historical variety for the Peloponnese, because of its import from Italy, which was made by a particular winery, during the 19th century, Refosco was widely spread across its western part (Ilia Wine roads)


Although Syrah has given great samples in many parts of Greece, in the Peloponnese it is not so widely spread as it is elsewhere. However, there is a substantial area of it and almost everywhere it is cultivated it produces very good to top results. With the Peloponnese’s authentic vineyards, which support this top variety, starring, Syrah manages to acquire many of its exuberant characteristics.