Messinia and wine, a great story ...

Messinia: a large vineyard, from traditional and new varieties…

   The prefecture of Messinia as a vineyard is one of the best prefectures of the Peloponnese. In addition to other climatic conditions, this is due to the fact that most of the prefecture, south and west, is exposed to the sea, with the result that the sea breeze has a beneficial effect on the quality of grapes. Besides, Messinia has been a vineyard since antiquity, which is shown by the various reports about several areas of Messinia that testify to a tradition in wine production. For example, Homer refers to the area of ​​Methoni (Old Pidasos) and describes it as overgrown with vines (“… good t ‘Aipian and Pidason vines σαν”, I, verses 152 and 294). Also, When Telemachus was hosted by the king of Pylos Nestoras, it is mentioned that the guests drank wine in golden cups (“… en d ‘oinon eheysen chryseiodepai…”, c, verse 41). And of course let us not forget the ancient traveler Pausanias, who has many references in the “Messinian”.

The traditional Greek varieties that are cultivated until today in Messinia are: Roditis, Fileri, Fokiano, Mandilaria, Mavroudi and Corinthian Raisin.     In 1978, after large areas of Corinthian Raisin were uprooted, they were replanted with new varieties of Greek and European vineyards and also increased. Such varieties are Assyrtiko, Debina, Malagouzia, Agiorgitiko, Chardonnay, Grenas Blanc, Uni Blanc, Caperna, Grenas Rouge, Karinian, Merlot and others…