Tim's Wine Tour Blog

Our final full day took us to the PDO area of Mantinia where the Moschofilero grape finds its finest form. About an hour from Napflio, our destination was the amazing small winery of Kalogris. We met daughter and father – Tatiana and Evangelos – in the vineyard. Three hectares of organically farmed Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot…(Read More)

Nemea is one of the most important red wine producing areas in Greece and home to the Nemea PDO – the highest level of quality designation. This was our destination for our second full day with an early morning visit to Ktima Palivos. Palivos have gone from strength to strength since 1995 when there was…(Read More)

Our final tour of Greece for this year has begun and kicked off with a very relaxed dinner at Arapakos restaurant in Nafplio. As ever, the portions were generous, the wine flowed freely and there was a wonderful sense of anticipation at the prospect of exploring a whole new set of grapes and understanding the…(Read More)

Our final full day took us to the PDO Mantinia region near the town of Tripolis. Moschofilero is the principal grape here, and as we have already discovered at Semeli, it is a top class variety. At Kalogris organic winery we were about to discover an extensive repertoire of styles ranging from bone dry to…(Read More)

The estate of Kyriakos Koroniotis was our destination for our second full day. Situated just 25 minutes away from Nafplio, the winery is situated close to the PDO areas of Nemea and Mantineia. Kyriakos was a chemical engineer in both the UK and Holland for a number of years before setting up his winery in…(Read More)

The ancient region of Nemea was the destination for our first full day of wine tasting. This is one of the most important red wine areas in the whole of Greece and the renowned Agiorgitiko grape is king. The first winery we visited was the Palivos estate. A family owned winery that took a major…(Read More)

Back in Greece

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Our second tour to Greece has commenced and despite all the last minute flight changes, we arrived in the beautiful town of Nafplio in plenty of time for dinner. Nafplio is a perfect location to explore some of the key wine regions of the Peloponnese. It is a lively town, popular with tourists but retaining…(Read More)

Seven Savatianos

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We sometimes fit in a visit on our final day and this was one of those times. Not far from Athens airport is the historic region of Attica, where the best wine from the Savatiano grape is made. We visited the Nikolou family at their traditional home in Koropi, which is also their winery. Vassilis…(Read More)

Today we returned to Nemea, one of the most prestigious of Greece’s wine growing regions, with its PDO (appellation controllée) for red wines made from Agiorgitiko grape. First we visited Constantin Gofas, established in 1959s. In the 2000s they built a very attractive winery on the valley floor, which also displayed the art…(Read More)

Our first visit was 20 minute drive from Napflio to Koroniotis winery.   Kiriakos Koroniotis returned from many years in the UK and Holland where he had worked as a chemical engineer and studied at agricultural university. On a plot situated just inside the Nemea PDO area where his father had planted olive trees, he planted…(Read More)