Also known as: Mavro Nemeas, Mavroudi Nemeas
One of the choicest red varieties in Greece. It is cultivated in the prefecture of Corinthia – particularly in the Nemea zone – and sporadically in the prefectures of Argolis, Arcadia and Attica, occupying a total area of 2.000 hectares. It ripens after 20 September.
The Agiorgitiko is a mutlifaceted variety known for its deep red colour and supple tannins. It can produce different types of wine depending on the environment in which it is cultivated: remarkable sweet red wines; (nouveau-style) fruity red wines intended for early consumption; deep red dry wines that are either young, fruity and easy on the tongue, with a smooth, well-rounded taste, or aged, with a distinctively complex bouquet of red fruits, prunes and spices and a rich, balanced mouth with velvety tannins and a long finish; lively rosés with fruity aromas and a full, fresh flavour.
This variety produces the dry as well as semi-sweet and sweet red V.Q.P.R.D. `Nemea`. The Agiorgitiko is used in quite a number of Vins de Pays (of Peloponnese, Plagies Oreinis Corinthias [Mountainous Corinthian Slopes], etc.) and Table wines, and particularly with the Xinomavro and Cabernet Sauvignon varieties.
[Text and photos taken from the book 'Wine-producing varieties of the Greek vineyard' by Haroula Spinthiropoulou - Olive Press Publications, 2000 (in Greek)]