CULTURE

Celebrating wine in Nemea

The well-known winemaking Peloponnesian region of Nemea celebrates its soil and climate this week. Beginning today, the «Great Days of Nemea» welcomes wine professionals, specialists and non-specialists alike, all of whom will visit wineries, taste local varieties and empty the barrels in view of the new vintage, whose harvest begins in two weeks. The three-day event – which aims to establish itself on an annual basis – is organized by the Nemea Municipality and the Nemea Union of Wine Producers and Viticulturists (ENOAN) and is supported by the Regional Prefecture and the Corinthia Chamber of Commerce. Guided tours Until Sunday, visitors will have the chance to enrich their knowledge of Nemea wines through guided tours of local vineyards. Free, one-hour tours with oenologists acting as guides have been organized with buses departing from Nemea Town Hall at noon and 5 and 7 p.m. Tomorrow, 30 wineries will offer a wine-tasting session for professionals at the Repani winery. The session runs from noon to 6 p.m. with free entrance for the public (for more information call 2746.020.450). Complementing the winery visits, the three-day festivities include outdoor wine tasting (from 7 to 11 p.m.) in the town’s pedestrian zone, featuring red and rose wine made from the region’s star Agiorgitiko grape as well as other local and foreign varieties. Furthermore, ENOAN members are opening their winemaking facilities to visitors. Participating in the open days are the following winemakers: Ambelones Papaioannou, Gaia Oenopoitiki, Katogi Strofilia, Ktima Aivali, Ktima Vassileiou, Ktima Lantidi, Ktima Palyvou, Ktima Rapti, Ktima Repani, Ktima Skoura, Ktima Harlafti, Oenopeio Lafkioti, Cooperative Oenopeio Nemeas, Oenopeia Lafazani and Semeli (Today: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; tomorrow: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Beyond wine tasting, the town of Nemea is celebrating with a series of events. The town’s cultural center is hosting an exhibition of paintings while the pedestrian street will carry photography and book exhibitions. Tonight and tomorrow the municipality presents Greek music ensembles while local restaurants will offer regional specialties. For more information log on to www.nemeawines.gr.