Aghiorghitiko (red)

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[Grape Variety]

Aghiorghitiko (also known as Agiorgitiko), which is Greek for St George, is a real charmer, oozing with fruit and soft tannins, with a dark purple, 'black', colour.

Image: Agiorgitiko grape bunches

It produces wines with a wide range of styles, from light, fruity, full-flavoured roses to medium-bodied, juicy reds and seriously fine, cask-fermented examples. Only wines made from this variety can be called Nemea, the largest of the Greek appellations. Soils vary from oxide-rich red soils to sandy clay and marl. A notion of Cru is bound to develop in lower-yield, hillside sites such as Koutsi, while other quality sites include Ancient Nemea, Gymno, Ahladia and the cooler-climate, high Nemea valley of Asprokambos. A quantum leap forward in quality has spurred substantial investment from outsiders.

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