Having the name of the Nymph daughter of Asopos River - the river that still livres the plain and the vineyards - NEMEA is today, perhaps, the most organized wine-growing zone of the country, both productive and agrotouristic. Just one and a half hour from Athens and easily accessible from all the modern roads, NEMEA exploits its "glamor" by enchanting its visitor.
The modern city has been built at an altitude of 37 meters, amphitheatrically around the hill of Prophet Elias, but its history turns back millennia with the first mention of the 10th century BC. century. Popular since Mythology here was the first feat of Hercules but also from its monuments such as the Temple of Zeus near Ancient Nemea and Nemea, one of the most important fights of ancient times.
In modern times Nemea has become popular due to the cultivation of one of the most famous and qualitative red varieties of Greece, the famous Agiorgitiko. The place - NEMEA- the variety - the Agiorgitiko - was defined and legislated in 1971 for the production of PDO red wine. (Protected Designation of Origin) Nemea, including 16 villages:
Aidonia, Ancient Nemea, Ancient Cleones, Asprokampos, Galatas, Gimno, Dafne, Kastraki, Kefalari, Koutsi, Leontio, Mpozikas, Malandreni, Petri, Titani and Psari.
Agiorgitiko seems to be cultivating in Nemea, based on the Ottoman archives, already in the 16th century. Wine-growing and wine production, however, have roots in antiquity.
Nemea is probably the largest PDO area in the world. of Greece, in which about 22,000 vineyards are cultivated with the variety Agiorgitiko. The various villages where you cultivate the variety are also separate ecosystems with their own terroir, which has a significant impact on the diversity, quality and potential of Nemea wines for exploration by wine drinkers.