Remote vineyards and ancient monuments make this region the ideal destination for a wine-lovers’ road trip. Just don’t forget to fill up.
11 JAN 2014
Total planted area: 21,000ha (hectares)
Main grape varieties: Roditis (7,200ha), Aghiorghitiko (2,700ha), Savatiano (950ha), Moschofilero (750ha)
Production in 2011: 1.6million hl, 75% sold as bottled wine
Main soil types: very diverse – clay, limestone, sandstone, alluvial and some schist
World-class monuments, indigenous grape varieties, mountains and monasteries, glorious beaches, the freshest of feta cheese, almost empty roads – the Peloponnese is the ideal wine lover’s holiday. Every day brings history and hospitality. Dotted around are vineyards so well integrated into the dramatic countryside that there is none of the monovarietal overkill that has spoiled so many parts of the world. In general, too, there are many smaller-scale family businesses, which means there’s a good chance of meeting the owner or a relative. Everything about the Peloponnese – except the mountains – is on a human scale.
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