Peloponnese grape varieties have a very special place in the treasure of native Greek grape varieties. Τhe Peloponnese Wine Roads take you on a journey to these varieties which is a journey to Peloponnese itself; a journey to a modern, sometimes rare and definitely unknown to many wine world, full of authenticity and history.
Native Peloponnese grape varieties do not only reflect the diversity of Greek and Peloponnesian wine, but also the significance of some very special Greek varieties. Among them are two of the four most renowned varieties of the Greek vineyard in the world’s best markets: the exotic Moschofilero-Mantinia and the captivating Agiorgitiko-Nemea. Moreover, Mavrodafni – known from the popular Greek Mavrodafni dessert wine – and Muscat produce sweet and potentially exquisite wines along with many more up-and-coming or rare grape varieties.
The Peloponnesian vineyard – just like the vineyard throughout Greece – is not only based on a few varieties, as in other wine-producing areas of the world. It is no coincidence that the ancient nickname of Peloponnese was “Ampeloessa”, a Homeric word meaning “bearing many vines”. Native Peloponnese grape varieties which are widely cultivated, either extensively or limitedly are around 25 – although there are many more – produce PDO and PGI wines, as well as varietal and table wines.
There are also some international grape varieties grown in Peloponnese, many of which are used individually, mixed together or blended with Greek varieties. Some of them have acclimatized very well in certain areas of Peloponnese with which they have been associated, confirming the importance of authentic Peloponnesian terroirs. In any case, Peloponnese grape varieties, Greek or international, are an unbeatable ingredient for the production of different types and styles of wines. These wines satisfy any wine-lover, mainly those who are looking for authentic and different flavours, and seek for unusual yet interesting and unexplored taste.