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AppellationPeloponnisos PGI
Syrah / Shiraz
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The southern part of mainland Greece is the many-fingered Peloponnese peninsula.  Its rugged terrain provides an abundance of different mesoclimates, allowing it to produce wines ranging from steely, mineral whites through firm reds to luscious late harvest stickies.
Neméa in the northeast is the most important appellation, producing notably fruity reds exclusively from the Agiorgitiko grape.  Their style depends very much on altitude: the fertile valley floors produce softer, low-acid wines to be drunk young; the middle slopes produce the richest, most ageworthy reds; and the highest slopes provide fruity rosés and increasingly elegant, almost cool-climate reds.
Patras in the north is largely devoted to white wine, with fine dry whites from the Roditis variety along with traditional, lusciously sweet Muscat and equally sweet red Mavrodaphne.
The high, cool Mantinia plateau in the south is planted mainly with the indigenous white Moschofilero, whose low-alcohol, high-acid wine is notably floral.  Both still and sparkling versions are made.
The southernmost finger of the peninsula is home to the new Monemvasia-Malvasia appellation, which aims to revive the famous sweet wines shipped in medieval times from the port of Monemvasia.

Gaia Wines

One of the top producers in Greece, Gaia was founded in 1994 as a Santorini winery producing white wines from the Assyrtiko grape.  Their Thalassitis white is regarded as a benchmark example of the variety, and has been joined by an oak-aged version and one fermented using wild yeasts.
In 1996 they acquired vineyards in Nemea where they built a winery to produce reds, largely from Agiorgitiko.  Their flagship Gaia Estate is one of the most prestigious reds in Greece but they also make some more affordable Agiorgitiko wines including a rosé and a blend with Syrah.

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