Messenia: a large vineyard with both traditional and new varieties

The vineyards of the prefecture of Messenia are among the best of the Peloponnese. In addition to other climate and soil conditions, this is also because most of the area, both to the south and west, is exposed to the sea, and the breeze has a beneficial effect on the quality of the grapes. Messenia has been a vineyard since antiquity, as shown by the various reports of several areas of Messenia that testify to a tradition of wine production. For example, Homer refers to the area of Methoni (Old Pedasos) and describes it as “lush with vines”. Also, when Telemachus was hosted by Nestoras, the king of Pylos, it is mentioned that the guests drank wine in golden cups. And of course, let us not forget the ancient traveler Pausanias, who makes extensive reference to the local wines in his work “Messeniaka”.

Messenia and its long history of wine...

The traditional Greek varieties that have been cultivated continuously to this day in Messenia are: Roditis, Fileri, Fokiano, Mandilaria, Mavroudi and Black Corinth. Futhermore, there is an indigenous variety that dates back to antiquity and is cultivated in very small quantities, mainly in the Alagonia region: the Platana variety. Significant efforts and research are currently underway to bring to light the characteristics that this variety could exhibit once vinified in the controlled conditions of a winery.

In 1978, after large areas of Black Corinth were uprooted, they were replanted with new varieties of Greek and European vineyards and also expanded. These varieties are Assyrtiko, Debina, Malagouzia, Agiorgitiko, Chardonnay, Grenache Blanc, Ugni Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache Rouge, Carignan, Merlot and others.

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