Agiorgitiko is a captivating grape variety that caresses the senses with elegance, freshness and intensity of aromas and flavours. It is a red grape variety and is frequently referred to as “multidynamic”, since it is capable of producing a large range of styles, from refreshing rosés, delicious dry reds to concentrated sweet wines. However, the most common expressions are the young red wines, or as the red matured in oak for at least a year.
A young Agiorgitiko is a wine with a moderately deep purple red colour, intense aromas of fresh red fruits, medium acidity and soft tannins. Wines that have mature in oak barrels for a short time can age in the bottle for five years, combining the varietal’s juicy fruitiness with good levels of freshness and complexity. The wines intended for long aging in the bottle, are matured for several months in oak barrels and have a firm tannic structure with ripe tannins of high quality and deep color, while its aromatic profile reveals concentrated and complex aromas of red fruits, sweet spices and chocolate. All these styles of dry red wines as well as the sweet wines can be labeled as PDO Nemea (ΠΟΠ Νεμέα).
Agiorgitiko is a variety that can produce, other styles, like excellent rosés (rose wines cannot bear the PDO indication) or stunning dessert wines from sun dried grapes. Agiorgitiko is the grape of the PDO Nemea, the largest red wine appellation in Greece –and a quality leader as well. Traditionally, Nemea-Agiorgitiko are inextricably connected, as Agiorgitiko was only cultivated in Nemea and in its greater area. Nevertheless, the top quality potential convinced many producers to plant it in other areas, like Macedonia, Attika and the rest of Peloponnese.
Agiorgitiko is all about people looking for a wine proposal for moments of social contact and familiarity. It is a wine that offers gustatory satisfaction but also flexibility, since it can be very good to drink young and, at the same time, have the ability to age it for several years. It is also suitable to be matched with a large variety of dishes that are in line with modern nutritional schemes.