PELOPONNESE 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

Available from March to June & September to November.

Day 1 –­ ATHENS

After arrival at Athens airport, the unique wine tourism experience in Greece begins with a meeting with a Greek wine expert and a transfer to a hotel of Athens. A short briefing on the itinerary will be followed by an introduction to the Greek vineyard and its wines. Moving on from theory to practice, we will enjoy an early afternoon tasting of wines from the region of Attica, accompanied by cheese and cold cuts. The region of Attica, is home for the largest single vineyard of the country and has a huge wine tradition. Here the native white variety Savvatiano is dominant, alongside many other Greek and international grape varieties.

Day 2 ­– ATHENS­ – NEMEA­ – NAFPLIO

Breakfast at the hotel will be followed by the departure for the region of Nemea, in the Peloponnese. Before our wine adventure begins, our contact with Nemea starts with a visit to the Temple and Sanctuary of Nemean Zeus. Zeus was honored in antiquity as a protector of livestock and crops, including the vine. This Temple was in the center of the Sanctuary, with many buildings for worship and sporting events of ancient games, the Nemean Games. The first winery to visit in Nemea, region hosting more than thirty wine producing units and one of the largest vineyards of the country, is one of the best in the area, Gaia Estate, with wineries both in Nemea and Santorini. Tasting here focuses on Nemea’s native varieties, as well as Santorini’s varieties, which is the winery’s philosophy. Departure for Malandreni village, near the ancient city of Argos, where visit one of the most beautiful, advanced and organized wineries of Greece, Domaine Skouras. We will taste the wines of charismatic in communicating winemaker, George Skouras and enjoy a meal in the exceptional venues of the winery. On our way to Nafplio, where the narrow streets, Syntagma Square, the castle, Bourtzi, its beautiful little shops and the sea, make this Peloponnesian jewel, adorable and one of the most beautiful cities one can visit in Greece. Dinner with local wines and overnight stay.

Day 3 –­ NAFPLIO­ – MANTINIA – OLYMPIA

After breakfast we visit ancient Mycenae and its museum, with exhibits mainly from the acropolis of the ancient city. It is a journey through time to the Late Bronze Age in Greece and to the most important and palatial centre of the time, Agamemnon’s kingdom. Visit two emblematic wineries of the area, Domaine Spyropoulos and Domaine Tselepos with tasting of their fine wines, from native and international varieties will give a vivid picture of the wine production of this charismatic vineyard in the plateau of Mantinia. Here the Moschofilero variety is dominant, with its crispy and aromatic wines, perfect for aperitifs, for most seafood but also for lovely sparkling wines. Our light lunch will take place in Domaine Spyropoulos. Our next stop is known worldwide as the home of the Olympic Games. Visit, dinner and overnight stay in Ancient Olympia nearby the picturesque and exquisitely beautiful villages of Arcadia.

Day 4­ – OLYMPIA – ­ACHAIA

After breakfast, visit to the archaeological site and museum of ancient Olympia which gives the flame for the Olympic Games to every corner of the world. Dedicated to God Zeus, the sanctuary of ancient Olympia was the most glorified one in ancient Greece,.The archaeological museum is one of the most important museums in Greece. Next visit, Domaine Mercouri in Korakochori village. It is one of the most historical and certainly most beautiful Wine Domaines of Greece where nature goes wild, both in terms of flora and fauna while the main building reminds one of colonial style. The tasting will reveal the virtues of the region’s vineyard, at a level of international but mainly native varieties, which is the Domaine’s advantage. Next stop at Brintziki winery, whose goal is to give prominence to native local varieties like Avgoustiatis ad Tinaktorogos with impressive results. On to Patras and dinner at a restaurant of the third largest city of Greece.

Day 5 ­ – DEPARTURE

After breakfast, departure for the wine region of Aigialeia where vineyards reach the 1.000 meters altitude. Visit Tetramythos winery, near Kalavryta, whose wines tend to be more “natural”, philosophy and pursuit of the restless oenologist and winemakers. Departure for Athens airport Eleftherios Venizelos.