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Grape Varieties - Agiorgitiko

Agiorgitiko

Agiorgitiko can be grown successfully in hot climates. Depending on the source of one's information, it is either the most widely, or second most widely, planted red variety in Greece. It is often planted in dry, infertile soils, thereby concentrating fruit sugars in the grapes.

A poll of winemakers in the Nemea region found that most consider it to be stylistically comparable to Merlot, thus having potential to be commercialised on  international markets.

The wine produced by Agiorgitiko varies enormously according to how much the vineyard is permitted to yield. Low yields make for more serious, structured and intense wines; higher yields produce something less complicated but easy to enjoy.

 

Signature Style

Signature Style

Agiorgitiko is capable of producing a range of styles of wine. Most usually, those wines are low acid, soft and fruity. Planted on higher ground, it is capable of producing more structured liquids, some capable of long bottle ageing. It also produces rosé wines.

Famous Examples

Famous Examples

Agiorgitiko is most celebrated for producing the red wines of Nemea, where it is the only permitted red variety. It is also blended with Cabernet Sauvignon to make the popular table wine Katoi.

Principle Regions

Principle Regions

Nemea in the Peloponnese.

Synonyms

Synonyms

St George (a translation of the Greek); Mavro (i.e. black) Nemeas

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