Learn about Agioritiko — taste profile, popular regions and more …
Native to the Peloponnese peninsula of Greece, Agioritiko is the star variety here and in fact, the only grape permitted to carry the Nemea appellation name. While it favors the hot Mediterranean climate of Greece, it performs best in Nemea’s high altitude mountain vineyards between 1,350 to 2,000 feet where fully ripe grapes can also achieve great acidity and structure.
Tasting Notes for Agioritiko
Agioritiko makes a dry red wine that is typically bold, well structured and expressive of blackberry, plum, cherry, baking spice and black pepper.
Perfect Food Pairings for Agioritiko
Try Agioritiko with lamb moussaka, filet mignon, stuffed peppers, pork tenderloin and souvlaki.
Sommelier Secrets for Agioritiko
As one of Greece's oldest varieties, wines made from Agioritiko were historically associated with the half-god Hercules and referred to as the "Blood of Hercules.”
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Gaia Estate Red 2016Agiorgitiko from Nemea, Greece