Greek wine is oft misunderstood and even then, the whites tend to grab most of the attention. It’s a shame really as so many beautiful red wines are made here. No better place to start drinking great Greek red than Troupis. Troupis winery first appeared on the winemaking scene in 2010, though the the family has been cultivating their privately owned Moschofilero vineyards since the 1970s. The economic crisis in Greece at the time did not stand in the way of the winery’s development, but marked the beginning of a new course for the family business. Though they are most known for the production of Moschofilero, some of the most exciting wines I have had from Troupis have been the ones we happen upon less often. Go figure!
Nemea is arguably Greece's most important red-wine appellation, located in the northeast corner of the Peloponnese peninsula. The mountains and valleys surrounding the small village of Neméa have been producing wine for centuries, mostly from the native Agiorgitiko grape. A wide range of styles are made from this red grape variety.
It is widely considered that the best examples of Nemea wine are made from vineyards at the highest altitudes, where gravelly soils, lower temperatures and great diurnal changes in temperature produce lower yields resulting in high-quality grapes with delicate floral characteristics and high acidity.No surprise then that Troupis harvests the grapes from a mountainous area, toward the peak of Mount Kyllini. Minimum intervention in the wine-making ensures a terroir focused wine. An exceptional example of this wonderful appellation.
The only question is what to pair this with? I’m thinking grilled halloumi cheese, charred tomatoes, some beef sausages and wilted greens (everything drizzled generously with good olive oil). This is a red for the a cool summer night with some folks you haven’t seen in…a long while.
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