Agiorgitiko, sometimes known as Aghiorgitiko or St. George, is a red grape variety native to Greece.
Of Greece’s more than 200 indigenous grape varieties, Agiorgitiko is the most widely planted and among the most commercially successful. The grape’s origins lie in Nemea, a region in the Peloponnese peninsula, though it is widely grown elsewhere in Greece, too. Other notable regions where the grape is produced include Attica and Macedonia.
Typically, Agiorgitiko produces wines with a bold red color, complex aromatics and generous, plummy fruit flavors. Agiorgitiko’s solid structure and well-balanced acidity make it incredibly versatile from a winemaking point of view.
Due to its versatility, the Agiorgitiko grape can produce wines of various styles. Three styles of Agiorgitiko wine are particularly popular in Greece: rosé wine, light-bodied red wine produced using carbonic maceration, and full-bodied red wine. Some producers blend Agiorgitiko with Cabernet Sauvignon, notably in the Metsovo region in Epirus, to produce a traditional table wine known as katoi. The best expression of Agiorgitiko arguably comes from its native Nemea region.
As it the case with many indigenous Greek grape varieties, Agiorgitiko responds well to the country’s growing conditions of primarily hot and dry weather, with very little rainfall. Agiorgitiko is late-budding and late-ripening. Its grapes are small and thick-skinned and have a tendency towards high yields.
The grape is highly susceptible to numerous diseases and pests in the vineyard, however, particularly downy mildew and powdery mildew. Attentive vineyard management is, therefore, necessary to prevent damage to the quality or yield of the grapes. Greek wine growers and authorities are working towards addressing this problem by developing Agiorgitiko clones that are resistant to viruses and replanting vineyards with them.
Agiorgitiko is the key grape in wines from the Neméa Protected Designation of Origin, or PDO (much like an AOP in France or AVA in America). These wines boast a deep and dark ruby color, and show highly concentrated aromas of red fruit. Nemea wines illustrate Agiorgitiko’s versatility, ranging from light and easy-drinking to full-bodied expressions. The latter are often aged in oak, have excellent structure and a decidedly spicy character.
The best Nemea red wines are produced from grapes grown in the region’s higher vineyards, some as high as 900 meters in altitude. They have excellent ageing potential. Regardless of the style, Nemea wines from the Agiorgitiko variety are particularly food-friendly, and pair well with a broad range of foods, both Greek and international.
Other synonyms for Agiorgitiko include Aghiorghitico, Aigeorgitiko and Mavro Nemeas.
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Gaia Wines 2015 Estate Agiorgitiko (Nemea)GreeceCoffee, wild-cherry and wet stone aromas start this bold and intriguing red. ...See Full Review$23
Boutari 2016 Agiorgitiko (Nemea)GreeceMocha, red-currant and vanilla aromas give this wine a stately start. Flavors ...See Full Review$23
Zacharias 2016 Omikron Agiorgitiko (Peloponnese)GreeceThis is an affordable red with a plucky overall character. Violet, blackberry ...Best BuySee Full Review$9
Semeli 2015 Reserve Agiorgitiko (Nemea)GreeceBlack-cherry, violet and currant aromas entice with this food friendly red. The ...See Full Review$30
Kouros 2016 Agiorgitiko (Nemea)GreeceCola and sweet vanilla aromas are unique in this easy-drinking red. The ...See Full Review$13
Papaioannou 2016 Saint George Agiorgitiko (Korinthia)GreeceThis wine starts with aromas of smoke, savory herbs and blueberry, and ...Best BuySee Full Review$11
Zacharias 2015 Agiorgitiko (Nemea)GreeceTomato, red-berries and nut aromas are followed by rich flavors of cherry, ...See Full Review$13
Papaioannou 2010 Estate Agiorgitiko (Nemea)GreeceWarming spices and red berries on the nose lead into exotic flavors ...See Full Review$17
Nasiakos 2013 Agiorgitiko (Nemea)GreeceCedar, violet and red forest fruit aromas start this complex and stately ...See Full Review$19
Kintonis 2012 Agiorgitiko (Nemea)GreeceThyme and crushed herbs on the nose of this red lead into ...Best BuySee Full Review$15
Katogi & Strofilia 2013 Mountain Fish Agiorgitiko (Peloponnese)GreeceViolet, blackberry and plums on the nose are followed by unctuous, dark ...Best BuySee Full Review$10
Gaia Wines 2014 Agiorgitiko by Gaia Agiorgitiko (Nemea)GreeceThis juicy red has a nose of cedar spice and prunes on ...See Full Review$28
Semeli 2012 Reserve Agiorgitiko (Nemea)GreeceBright cherry and raisins on the nose are followed by red berry ...See Full Review$25
Nemeion Estate 2008 Reserve Agiorgitiko (Nemea)GreeceIn a word: stately. The wine starts with cedar, leather and olive ...See Full Review$50
Nemeion Estate 2005 Hgemon Grand Réserve Agiorgitiko (Nemea)GreeceThis is a straightforward but tasty red with a nose of vanilla, ...See Full Review$66
Nemeion Estate 2010 Agiorgitiko (Nemea)GreeceSweet cedar, cinnamon and plum aromas are followed by plush and pretty ...See Full Review$23
Tselepos 2011 Classic Agiorgitiko (Nemea)GreeceCedar, berries and tobacco on the nose of this elegant red give ...See Full Review$22
Palivou 2011 Single Vineyard Selection Agiorgitiko (Nemea)GreeceBright red fruit, plum and spice aromas are followed by a combination ...See Full Review$25
Boutari 2012 Agiorgitiko (Nemea)GreeceAromas of leather, cherry and plum lead this balanced red from Boutari. ...See Full Review$17
Semeli 2004 Grande Reserve Agiorgitiko (Nemea)GreeceSmoke, cedar and plum aromas are followed by a focused palate of ...See Full Review$22