A three-day festival of wine tasting, seminars, music and much more – to celebrate kicking off the harvest in one of the best-known winemaking regions in the Peloponnese – takes place in Nemea, in Corinthia, this weekend.
The area’s many wineries will be open to visitors from Friday to Sunday, September 5–7, offering tastings and demonstrations of how wine is made, including traditional grape pressing by foot, with a special class aimed at children.
Nemea is the largest wine-producing region in the Balkans, boasting a variety of protected designation of origin (PDO) wines produced by over 40 wineries. The site of the Nemean Games in antiquity, Nemea is famous for its Agiorgitiko red grape, traditionally grown in the area but now common throughout the country.
A number of wineries will also be putting on culinary demonstrations with well-known chefs on the art of cooking with wine. The programme of events (available here) also features concerts and audiovisual presentations.
And, of course, around the town there will be lots of wine on sale at affordable prices.
One of four panhellenic sanctuaries, Nemea was also the site of the first of the 12 labours of Herakles when the legendary hero fought and killed a massive lion.