Dionysos (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".
Wine, offers 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.
Greek wines, 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 alive.
The 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 distinctive wines.
Many 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.
There is no better way to learn about the production of the famous wines of Nemea 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.
Design by Nick (our Photographer/guide)
Corinth Canal, 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.
Visit 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
Continue for Nafplion(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 Palamidi Fortress. 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.
Daily Approx.(10 Hours)
Nemea's Wineries are open all year around
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