Wine Tasting Tours at Nemea region

The History

The area has been inhabited since Early Neolitic times (6000 to 5000 BCE). It was holder of the Nemean games as a part of the Panhellenic religious and athletic cycle of festivities held also in Delphi, Istmia and Olympia, the famous Olympic Games. The city was involved in the wars between Sparta and Athens and battle place of the last known victory of the Spartans. Since ancient times the area of Nemea has been known for its wine. Today Nemea is the biggest vineyard zone and one of the most important AOC regions of Greece. You can visit the Temple of Zeus and the archaeologic Stadium where you can participate every four years at the revival of the Nemean Games. The new town of Nemea is located a few kilometres west of the ancient Nemea.

 

The Mythology

The name Nemea comes from the Naiad Nymph from the springs of the town, daughter of the local river-god Asopos. It was here in Nemea where Hercules completed his first labor and killed the Nemean Lion. Because the golden fur of the lion was impenetrable, Hercules had to strangle the beast with his bared hands to death. While fighting with the lion, the creature scratched Hercules on his shoulder and the blood of Hercules sprinkled the grapes next to them. The fruits turned red and that’s how the first Agiorgitiko grape was born according to the legend. His sixth labor brought Hercules again in the area of Nemea. He had to kill the stymphalian birds that they were nesting in the Lake of Stymfalia. Heracles shook a rattle and frightened the birds into the air and shot with poisonous arrows.

The Wines and Wineries

Nemea is the birthplace of the variety Agiorgitiko, a red grape that is growing for millennia in the area and is named after Agios Giorgos (Saint George), the old name of the city. The region has more than 45 wineries that everyone makes its own interpretation of Agiorgitiko. From a young, fresh red wine with no oak ageing released just month after the harvesting with medium acidity, soft tannins and fresh aromas of wild red fruits over aged in oak barrels that gives the wine a deep colour, concentrated aromas of red fruit and an aromatic complexity, until the rose and semi-sparkling versions you can find for every social moment the right wine. There are some of the most famous Greek wineries here but also a large number of high quality boutique wineries for you to discover.

The Lion of Nemea Tour

Description : A wine tour for families and friends combined with the unique mythology and history of Nemea. The region of Nemea, famous for its indigenous grape variety Agiorgitiko. First stop is at the archaeological site of Nemea with the temple of Zeus and the ancient stadium. You will be introduced to the long history of Nemea and the importance of the Nemean games. Nemea is also the place where the hero Hercules had to accomplish his first labour and slayed the Nemean lion. Next you will visit an organic vinegar producer. After an introduction to organic farming and the manufacturing process you will have the chance to taste the products. Gastronomy goes hand in hand with fine wine so you will enjoy a tasteful and rich picnic in the vineyard with local delicacies and accompanied by a selected wine. The tour continues with a visit at a boutique winery where you meet the wine makers or oenologist showing you their passion for their work and taste wines from the most important Greek grape varieties.
 

Including :
-Visit at the archaeological site of Nemea, introduction to the history and mythology of Nemea
-Visit at organic vinegar manufacturer, introduction to the production and product tasting
-Picnic in the vineyard with local delicacies and a selected wine from the region
-Visit at a winery with introductions to the modern Greek wine, the indigenous grape variety Agiorgitiko and the wine making process, wine tasting at the winery

 

Information
Duration: 4-5 hours

Price: 110 € per person (prices include 24% VAT)

Price private: 150 € per person (prices include 24% VAT)
Included: Visits and wine tastings at 1 winery, visit and product tasting at organic vinegar
manufacturer, entrance fee archaeological site, rich picnic in the vineyard, local guide
Participants: 4 until 18
Private Tour: We offer this tour as private tour for 1-3 participants
Languages: Greek, English, German
Season: All the year, latest reservation: 7 days before

 

Additional: We can organize your transport from Athens, Corinth, Loutraki or Nafplio in comfortable minivan or bus. Request a price offer. We offer traditional dinners or lunches in private atmosphere after each wine tour, cooked by a local chef with organic ingredients and accompanied by matching wines. The dinners can be organized at selected wineries or local restaurants.

The modern wines of Nemea

Description : A wine tour for wine lovers to the heart of modern Greek wine. The tour brings you to 3 selected boutique wineries, all well-known for their quality wines. You will meet with wine makers and oenologists showing you their passion for their work and taste wines from the most
important Greek but also international grape varieties. You will learn interesting facts about wine
production and the long history of wine making in Greece. To round up your tour you will visit an organic vinegar manufacturer. After an introduction to organic farming and the manufacturing process you will have the chance to taste the products. Gastronomy goes hand in hand with fine wine and you will have a tasteful and rich picnic in the vineyard with local delicacies, accompanied by a fine wine of the region. You will enjoy the picnic with the beautiful view over the Nemea valley and its endless vineyard’s.

 

Including :
- Visit at 3 wineries with introductions to the modern Greek wine, the indigenous grape variety Agiorgitiko and the wine making process, wine tastings at the wineries
- Visit at the organic balsamic vinegar manufacturer, introduction to organic cultivation and balsamic
manufacture, tasting of the products
-Picnic in the vineyard with local delicacies and a selected wine from the region

 

Information

Duration: 5-6 hours

Price: 125 € per person (prices include 24% VAT)

Price private: 170 € per person (prices include 24% VAT)
Participants: 4 until 18
Private Tour : We offer this tour as private tour for 1-3 participants
Languages: Greek, English, German
Season: All the year, latest reservation: 7 days before

 

Additional: We can organize your transport from Athens, Corinth, Loutraki or Nafplio in comfortable
minivan or bus. Request a price offer. We offer traditional dinners or lunches in private atmosphere after each wine tour, cooked by a local chef with organic ingredients and accompanied by matching wines. The dinners can be organized at selected wineries or local restaurants.

Wine Tastings

Wine tasting 1: The modern wines of Greece with lunch/dinner or barbeque
Description : A wine tasting for winelovers and wine professionals that want to learn all about modern Greek wines. You will taste 8 wines from the most important Greek grape varieties and wine regions. Guided by our experienced oenologist or a local wine professional and matched to the expertise of our guests. The tasting is held in private atmosphere at a beautiful tasting room in Nemea. We always combine wine with gastronomy. That’s why you will enjoy after the tasting a traditional Greek dinner/lunch or barbeque with Greek delicacies freshly cooked by our local chef. The meal is accompanied by the wines from the tasting for you to have the chance to taste them again in combination with food.
 

Information
Duration: 3-4 hours

Price: 125 € per person (prices include 24% VAT)

Price private: 170 € per person (prices include 24% VAT)

Included: Wine tasting with 8 wines, introduction to the indigenous grape varieties and wine regions
of Greece, oenologist or local wine professional, traditional dinner/lunch or barbeque
Participants: 4-18
Private tasting: We offer the tasting as private booking for 1-3 persons
Languages: Greek, English, German
Availability : All the year, latest reservation: 7 days before


Wine tasting 2: The ambassador grape varieties of Greece
Description : A wine tasting for winelovers and wine professionals that want to learn all about the ambassador grape varieties of Greece. You will taste 8 wines from the most important Greek grape varieties and wine regions. Guided by our experienced oenologist or a local wine professional and matched to the expertise of our guests. The tasting is held in private atmosphere at a beautiful tasting room in Nemea and accompanied by a cold plate of local cheeses and rusks. You have the chance to taste wines from wineries from all the wineregions of Greece.
 

Information
Duration: 1 hour

Price: 90 € per person (prices include 24% VAT)

Price private: 125 € per person (prices include 24% VAT)
Included: Wine tasting with 8 wines, introduction to ambassador grape varieties and wine regions of
Greece, oenologist or local wine professional
Participants: 4-30
Private tasting: We offer the tasting as private booking for 1-3 persons
Languages: Greek, English, German
Season: All the year, latest reservation: 3 days before

 

Additional: We offer this tasting at other locations of your choice such as yachts or private tasting
rooms. Ask us for possibilities and prices.


Wine tasting 3: Masterclass Agiorgitiko with lunch/dinner or barbeque
Description : A wine tasting dedicated to the indigenous grape variety Agiorgitiko for wine professionals and wine lovers. You will taste 8 wines made of Agiorgitiko grapes from local producers and experience the wide range of styles that can be vinified with this unique grape variety. Guided by our experienced oenologist or a local wine professional and matched to the expertise of our guests. The tasting is held in private atmosphere at a beautiful tasting room in Nemea. The tasting will be followed by a rich Greek barbeque or traditional dinner/lunch with many delicacies matching the variety Agiorgitiko. The meal is accompanied by the wines from the tasting for you to have the chance to taste them again in combination with food.
 

Information
Duration: 3-4 hours

Price: 125 € per person (prices include 24% VAT)

Price private: 170 € per person (prices include 24% VAT)
Included: Wine tasting with 8 wines, introduction to the PDO region Nemea and the grape variety
Agiorgitiko, oenologist or local wine professional, barbeque, traditional dinner/lunch or
barbeque
Participants: 4-18
Private tasting: We offer the tasting as private booking for 1-3 persons
Languages: Greek, English, German
Season: All the year, latest reservation: 7 days before


Wine tasting 4: Introduction to the wine region PDO Nemea
Description : A wine tasting for winelovers and wine professionals that want to get to know the PDO Nemea wine region.You will taste 6 wines from selected wineries of Nemea. Guided by a local wine professional and matchedto the expertise of our guests. The tasting is held in private atmosphere at a beautiful tasting room in Nemea and accompanied by a cold plate of local cheeses and rusks. You have the chance to taste wines from wineries that are not open to the public.
 

Information
Duration: 1 hours

Price: 45 € per person (prices include 24% VAT)

Price private: 65 € per person (prices include 24% VAT)
Included: Wine tasting with 6 wines, introduction to the wine region PDO Nemea, local wine
professional, map of the wineries
Participants: 4-30
Private tasting: We offer the tasting as private booking for 1-3 persons
Languages: Greek, English, German
Season: All the year, latest reservation: 3 days before

 

Additional: We offer this tasting at other locations of your choice such as yachts or private tasting
rooms. Ask us for possibilities and prices.

Organic olive oil and vinegar tasting

Description : An authentic, interactive and educational activity in Nemea. Meet with organic vinegar producers, visit the production unit and learn all about organic cultivation and balsamic vinegar production.Dive into the world of olive oil by a guided tasting of extra virgin olive oil. Become an expert in the flavours and aromas of olive oils and learn to determine the quality of an oil. The tasting is followed by a rich picnic in the vineyard with traditional Greek Mezzes freshly cooked with local ingredients. Relax and enjoy the beautiful view over the Nemea valley and interesting talks with your local hosts.
 

Programme
Meeting in Koutsi, Nemea.
Visit at the organic vinegar production and introduction to the manufacturing process, product tasting
Guided olive oil tasting with 4 extra virgin olive oils, picnic in the vineyard with local delicacies

 

Information
Duration: 3-4 hours

Price: 90 € per person (prices include 24% VAT)

Price private: 130 € per person (prices include 24% VAT)

Included: Visit at organic vinegar producer, product tasting, guided olive oil seminar, picnic in the
vineyard
Participants: 4-18 persons
Private tour: We offer the tour as private booking for 1-3 persons
Languages: English, German, Greek
Season: All the year, latest reservation: 7 days before

 

Nemea for kids

Description : A special tour for schools, families and other groups travelling with kids to the mythic land of Nemea. First stop is at the archaeological site of Nemea with the temple of Zeus and the ancient stadium. The kids will have a short introduction to the Nemean games and have the possibility to run in the ancient Stadium like the athletes did 3000 years ago. We then sit down and listen to the story of Hercules and the Nemean Lion told by our professional storyteller in the stunning environment of the ancient site. The tour continuous to Koutsi where you will visit an organic vinegar producer. The kids will learn about organic cultivation and vinegar production. Of course they have the chance to taste some balsamic vinegar. Together with a local chef the kids will prepare a part of their picnic. Easy cooked traditional recipes like “Moustokouloura”, Tiganopsoma or bread baked in our old style wood oven. Depending on the season they will pick up fresh rocket salad, grapes or other ingredients to prepare a nice salad. Together we enjoy a rich picnic with the freshly cooked delicacies and other fine Mezzes while looking over the beautiful Nemean valley.
 

Including :

- Visit at the archaeological site of Nemea, short introduction to the history of the Nemean games.

- Story telling of the myth Hercules and the Nemean Lion
- Visit at an organic vinegar manufacturer, introduction to the production and product tasting
- Cooking class for kids
- Picnic in the vineyard with local delicacies

 

Information
Duration: 5-6 hours

Price: 110 € per person (prices include 24% VAT)

Price private: 150 € (prices include 24% VAT)
Participants: 4 until 18
Private Tour: We offer this tour as private tour for 1-3 participants
Languages: English, Greek, German
Season: All the year, latest reservation: 7 days before

 

Additional: We can organize the transport from Athens, Corinth, Loutraki or Nafplio in comfortable
minivan or bus.

Teambuilding Activities

Description :Team building activities are a great way to facilitate bonding with your team members, reduce employees stress, and give them the chance to get to know one another outside of the office. We provide a variety of corporate and teambuilding activities, which are designed to improve communication, teamwork and leadership skills in the beautiful wine region Nemea.
 

Activity 1: Archery in the vineyard
This activity includes a short archery lesson with a professional trainer and a parallel picnic in the vineyard. It is organized at the premises of the organic vinegar producer Wisdom of Nature in Koutsi, Nemea.
 

Programme
Guided tour at the organic vinegar manufacture, description of the production process of vinegar, balsamic vinegar and petimezi, tasting of the products. Archery lesson, theoretical introduction and acquaintance with the equipment and first test shots. Archery competition, each participant shoots 4 sets of 3 arrows.Counting of the total points and announcement of the winner, the winner receives a magnum bottle or a cask with 2 single bottles of wine. Parallel picnic in the vineyard with local delicacies and a selected wine.

 

Highlight
Archery relies on concentration and not on strength. This often leads to surprises in terms of the winner. Each participant receives a bottle of organic balsamic vinegar or petimezi as a gift.

 

Information
Duration: 3-4 hours

Price: 90 € per person (prices include 24% VAT)
Included: Guided tour at Wisdom of Nature, archery lesson in the vineyard, rich picnic, gift for the
winner, a bottle 100ml of organic balsamic vinegar for each participant
Participants: 6-18
Languages: Greek, English, German
Season: All the year, latest reservation: 14 days before


Activity 2: Blind wine tasting “Find the variety”
In this activity we sharpen the senses of the participants by tasting the wines in black tasting glasses.
 

Programme
Presentation of the wine region and the indigenous grape variety Agiorgitiko, introduction to the wines of the tasting. Description of the characteristics of each variety by our oenologist or a local wine
professional, tasting of the wines in black wine tasting glasses Each participant tries to find out the variety and writes his results down. Announcement of the winner, first prize is a box with the 4 wines of the tasting. The tasting is followed by a cold plate with local delicacies and the wines of the tasting


Highlight
There will be a rosé wine made from a red grape variety. Using black tasting glasses makes visual colour recognition impossible and participants need to use all their other senses to find out the grape varieties.

 

Information
Duration: 2-3 hours

Prices: 65 € per person (prices include 24% VAT)
Included: Introduction to the wine region and the indigenous grape varieties, description of the
characteristics of the grape varieties, blind wine tasting of 4 wines, cold plate of local delicacies
Participants: 6-18
Languages: Greek, English, German
Availability: All the year, latest reservation: 14 days before


Activity 3: Cooking lesson “Dolmadakia”
Your team learns to cook this unique traditional Greek recipe that uses vine leaves as a basic ingredient.
 

Programme
Presentation of the wine region and the indigenous grape variety Agiorgitiko. Cooking class with a local chef, in teams of 4 you will cook under guidance by the chef the famous traditional Dolmadakia.
The cooking lesson is followed by a lunch or dinner with 4 courses including the dish that you prepared and is accompanied by a selected wine.

 

Menu
-Green salat with wild rocket, dried nuts, and local grilled cheese with honey sauce
-Dolmadakia
-Rooster with local pasta (Hilopites) and red Agiorgitiko sauce or lamp with wild greens cooked in the
casserole or stuffed peppers and tomatoes filled with rice and herbs (vegetarian) or oven baked eggplants filled with local cheese, onions and herps (vegetarian)
-Vanilla ice with petimezi or traditional chalva or walnut pie

 

Highlight
Participants come in contact with the grape plant in different ways.

 

Information
Duration: 2-3 hours

Prices : 80 € per person (prices include 24% VAT)
Included: Introduction to the wine region and the indigenous grape varieties, cooking lesson with
local chef, lunch or dinner.
Participants: 6-18
Languages: Greek, English, German
Season: All the year, latest reservation: 14 days before

 

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