About the Greek Red Wine Agiorgitiko
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Agiorgitiko is one of those wines that seems to represent the best of what Greece has to offer. Although the grape has a rich, purple color, it is incredibly versatile. The wine produces flavorful wines in a vast color range including light pink, translucent red, and a deep red.
Besides its versatility, one of the things that really stands out about this wine is that it was originally produced in the famous Nemean wine region, a top wine producing area in Greece since ancient times. Nemea is unique because it contains three different subzones. The subtle differences in the climate is a big reason why the grape itself is so versatile.
The Agiorgitiko grape is characterized by its deep purple color and thick skins. It thrives in the semi-arid climate of Greeks and is relatively drought resistant. These grapes are characterized by their smaller berries but produce a nice juice that lends to its versatility.
Type of Greek Wine
This is a versatile grape that produces a range of wines include pink rose, red rose, and deep red.
Wine Region for Agiorgitiko in Greece
Agiorgtiko is native to the Peloponnese peninsula. However, it is widely planted throughout Agiorgitiko. It is also commonly grown in the Greek regions of Macedonia and Attica.
Agiorgitiko Greek Wine Flavor Description
Agiorgitiko is known as being one of the most versatile wine grapes in Greece. The color can range from light, pink rose styles to deep red wines that age very well. The flavor profile includes wines that are sweet, semi-dry, and dry. It all depends on where the grape was planted and how the wine is produced.
Food Pairing for Agiorgtiko Greek Wine
The types of foods paired with the Agiorgitiko wines differ depending on the style of wine that is made. Rose wines are great chilled and are delicious with foods such as cheese, pasta, and light seafood or poultry dishes. Red wines pair well with meat dishes, pasta dishes with red sauce, and heartier seafood dishes. Here’s a list of Greek foods that go well specifically with this wine:
- Stifado (Greek meat stew), especially if it is made with veal.
- Beef and lamb dishes
- Baked Greek vegetables
Facts About Agiorgitiko Greek Wine
Here’s a look at some fun facts about the Agiorgitiko wine:
- The name “Agiorgitiko” means “Saint George’s Wine.” It is believed that the wine is named after a church in Nemea.
- In Greek mythology, Hercules is said to have consumed wine made from Agiorgitiko grapes after slaying the Nemean lion.
- Agamemnon, a hero of the Trojan War, is said to have considered Agiorgitiko wine to be his favorite.
- It is commonly thought that the grape originated in Greece, particular in the region of Greece near Nemea and Corinth. However, this has yet to be proven by scientific analysis.
AAgiorgitiko is one of the main wine grapes of Greece. Because it is so versatile, it tends to be one of the first choices to plant. It does well in climates throughout Greece, but it is thought to be native of the Peloponnese.
Categorized in: Greek Wine List: White Wines, Red Wines
This post was written by GreekBoston.com