(Museum of Corinth), is the god of wine, the inspirer of
ritual madness and ecstasy, and a major figure of Greek
mythology, and one of the twelve Olympians, among whom Greek
mythology treated Dionysus as a late arrival. He was also
known as Bacchus and the frenzy he induces, bakkheia.
He is the patron deity of agriculture and the theatre. He
was also known as the Liberator (Eleutherios), freeing
one from one's normal self, by madness, ecstasy, or wine.
The divine mission of Dionysus was to mingle the music of
the aulos and to bring an end to care and worry. Scholars
have discussed Dionysus' relationship to the "cult of the
souls" and his ability to preside over communication between
the living and the dead. In Greek mythology, Dionysus is
made to be a son of Zeus and Semele; other versions of the
myth contend that he is a son of Zeus and Persephone. He
is described as being womanly or "man-womanish".
its “delectable” world to a plethora of consumers,
connoisseurs and the uninitiated alike. For its
production, human knowledge and expertise combined
with the different grapevine varieties harmoniously
collaborate with climate, soil, and the topographical
characteristics of each area.
overshadowed by the renowned wines of France and
the rest of Europe, are just now being discovered
and appreciated by connoisseurs - and the rest of
us! The land that revered gods of wine such as Dionysus
and Bacchus is keeping the tradition of winemaking
wine industry is expanding and Greek wines are winning
distinguished awards. Small wineries dedicated to quality
are springing up where a combination of unique viticulture
methods and the famous Greek sunlight merge to produce
of the grapes grown in the Pelopponese and
on Crete are still engrafted varieties.
In some cases, wineries have sprung up around
natural old-patch vines. Most vineyards
are in the mountains, or, in the case of
Santorini, on top of the volcanic cliffs.
is no better way to learn about the production
of the famous wines of
than to follow us on a trip which passes
through the vineyards where everything begins,
continue into the aging cellars of the Estates
where the French and American oak barrels
are located, informed by a special projection
about the wine region through all the seasons
of the year. The journey ends up inside
their tasting rooms where one will have
the chance to taste the internationally
awarded wines of the Estates and also special
editions found only in their cellar rooms.
by Nick (our Photographer/guide)
Wine Roads Tour
Nemea Site and wineries,
Nafplion (overnight if you wish)
Leave Athens in the
morning by the coastal road along the Saronic Gulf to
the Corinth Canal, (80 meters high and 6 kms long),
which connects the Aegean Sea to the Ionian Sea (short
stop). Pass by the archaeological area of Ancient Corinth,
then drive on to Nemea.
(41 km. from Corinthos) close to the limits of the state
of Argolida. This municipality is surrounded by an abundance
of grapevines, which have given Nemea fame for the good
wine they produce. Even in ancient times Nemea was renowned
as being the place in Greek Mythology where Hercules
killed the fearful lion. In the ancient site of Nemea
the most notable building is the temple of Zeus ( 40c
BC), The archaeological digs (which are still going
on ) have brought to light baths and arenas, a stadium
and foundations of other buildings.
Then drive on to
Wineries...one, two or three and taste their wines
(first capital city of Greece in modern time - time
for shopping if you wish) through the fertile plain
of Argolis, the picturesque town nestling at the foot
of a cliff crowned by the mighty ramparts of the
If you desire stay overnight
in a traditional hotel, located on the top of the old
city just under the castle), the picturesque town nestling
at the foot of a cliff crowned by the mighty ramparts
of the Palamidi Fortress.
Nemea site : Daily in summer, 8a.m to 7p.m (winter to
3p.m) Epidavros site: 8a.m to 7p.m (winter to
Nemea's Wineries are
open all year around
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