of blessed land
About Zacharias Winery
Forty Hectares of blessed land, in Nemea, and on the slopes that embrace the village of Leontio, are located the vineyards of the Zacharias family. There they spread sluggishly, offering their finest fruit for the production of high-quality wines. Thirteen (13) fine grape varieties. Among them are some of the most important. The top indigenous Agiorgitiko, Assyrtiko, Moschofilero, Roditis, Mavrodaphne, but also the cosmopolitan Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Syrah. Top and unique all of them will give, with small area yields, their juices to create the most quality wine, through an integrated environmental management system. With total respect for nature and man. By model the ideal. By specification, the excellent…
Hectares of Blessed Land
Fine Grape Varieties
years, the art of wine making, is more than passion
Nemea is an area just 115 km southwest of Athens. It became better known from the famous feat of Hercules, the extermination of the terrible lion that inhabited the area, known as « the Lion of Nemea». Also, in the land of Nemea, he reigned according to legend, the son of the god Dionysus (god of wine), who founded a city that bore his name, Fliounta.
Nemea used to be called Agios Georgios from the homonymous Byzantine church from which the famous grape variety – Agiorgitiko – took its name. The Agiorgitiko variety, and more generally the production of grapes and wine in the region, date back to 2000 BC.
The production area is quite extensive starting from an altitude of 200 meters and reaching up to 850 meters. Most of the area’s vineyards are consisted by slopes. The climate of the region is the typical Mediterranean climate, with an average annual temperature of 17o C, and an average annual rainfall of 750 mm. The soils of the vineyards are of average organic content, with moderate alkaline pH and with a relatively high calcium carbonate content.
For 30 years, the art of wine making, is more than passion for the Zacharias Winery. The most historic winery in Nemea, offers continuously since 1974 vision, mood, and work in the qualitative upgrading of wines from Agiorgitiko. The collection of PDO Nemea and PGI Peloponnese wines of the Zacharias Winery, offers to wine lovers with unique identity, rich body, and kindly leading temperament.
Our aim is to preserve the tradition and dissemination of grape varieties of the ZONES PDO NEMEA and PGI Peloponnese, which are an integral part of the cultural heritage of the place.
Designation of Origin (PDO) and Protected Geographical
PDO means Protected Designation of Origin and is the name identifying a product originating in a particular place, region or in exceptional cases a country whose quality or characteristics are mainly or exclusively due to the geographical environment including native natural and human factors, and whose all stages of production take place within the defined geographical area. PGI means Protected Geographical Indication and refers to the name identifying a product originating in a particular place, region, or country, of which a specific quality characteristic, reputation or other characteristic can be attributed mainly to its geographical origin and which is produced in wineries located within the Prefecture or in nearby Prefectures.
The brochure forms part of the actions of the program «Promotion of Wines in Third Countries» implemented with the co-financed of the European Union. The promotional program includes the updating of the target groups and the promotion of the PDO Nemea and the PGI Peloponnese Wines.