St. George, more commonly known as Agiorgitiko (or Aghiorgitiko), is a red wine grape variety native to Greece. There are over 200 indigenous grape varieties in Greece, and St. George is the most widely planted and one of the most commercially successful. The grape originally hails from the region of Nemea in the Peloponnese peninsula, though it is widely grown elsewhere, too.
In general, St. George wines have a deep color, complex aromatics and generous, plummy fruit flavors. The St. George grape has soft tannins and well-balanced acidity, making it incredibly versatile from a winemaking point of view.
Due to this versatility, St. George can produce various wine styles. Three particularly popular styles in Greece are rosé wine, light red wine made using carbonic maceration and full-bodied red wine. St. George is sometimes blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, as is the case in the Metsovo region. St. George wines tend to be spicy, and can be a bit peppery, with plum flavors and low acidity.
Like many native Greek varieties, St. George is well-suited to the country’s hot and dry growing conditions that see very little rainfall. In the vineyard, St. George is highly susceptible to numerous diseases, such as downy mildew and powdery mildew. Careful vineyard management is thus required to ensure that infections do not affect the grape’s quality or yield. Greek wine growers and authorities are working towards addressing this problem by developing St. George clones that are resistant to viruses and replanting vineyards with them.
In the Nemea region, wines are produced exclusively from the St. George variety. Here, the wines boast a deep, dark ruby color, with highly concentrated red-fruit aromas. The versatility of the St. George grape shines through, and Nemea wines can range from light- to full-bodied. Weightier examples may be aged in oak, are well structured and spicy in character. The best Nemea reds, from grapes grown in the region’s higher vineyards, have excellent ageing potential. All styles are food-friendly and will pair very well with a broad range of Greek and international foods.
Learn more about St. George wines—including our favorite staff picks and information on tasting and pairing this varietal—using our extensive, easy-to-use database.
Zacharias 2019 St. George Rosé (Peloponnese)GreecePoised, flinty, fresh and spicy, this wine starts with strawberry, raspberry and ...Best BuySee Full Review$15
Sohm & Kracher 2017 St Georg Grüner Veltliner (Burgenland)AustriaA subtle tone of hazelnut is all the shy nose gives away. ...See Full ReviewN/A
Albert Bichot 2018 Château Gris Monopole Premier Cru (Nuits-St.-Georges)BurgundySmoke and a toasty glint of oak heighten the cherry notions of ...See Full Review$140
Domaine Chevillon-Chezeaux 2018 Les Bousselots Premier Cru (Nuits-St.-Georges)BurgundyThis elegant wine opens with a subtle but almost lifted note of ...See Full Review$80
Jean Chauvenet 2016 Les Vaucrains Premier Cru (Nuits-St.-Georges)BurgundyThis wine opens with a seductive combination of smoky oak and fresh ...See Full Review$138
Domaine Chevillon-Chezeaux 2018 Aux Champs Perdrix Premier Cru (Nuits-St.-Georges)BurgundyA little reduction clouds the red cherry notes of the wine, obscuring ...See Full Review$80
Louis Jadot 2018 Les Boudots Premier Cru (Nuits-St.-Georges)BurgundySubtlety characterizes the nose of this wine, which offers faint notions of ...See Full Review$128
Jean-Luc Aegerter 2018 #4 (Nuits-St.-Georges)BurgundyA touch of gaminess plays on the nose of this wine, which ...See Full Review$87
Domaine Guy & Yan Dufouleur 2018 Aux Saint Julien (Nuits-St.-Georges)BurgundyAromatic ripeness heightens the red-cherry notes of this wine. Brightness and ripeness ...See Full Review$49
Domaine Guy & Yan Dufouleur 2018 Clos des Perrières Premier Cru (Nuits-St.-Georges)BurgundyThe slightest hint of tar appears on the nose of this wine ...See Full Review$72
Jean Chauvenet 2016 Les Bousselots Premier Cru (Nuits-St.-Georges)BurgundyNotes of oak with their glossy toastiness are prominent on this wine. ...See Full Review$85
Domaine Guy & Yan Dufouleur 2018 Les Poulettes Premier Cru (Nuits-St.-Georges)BurgundyA flinty touch of reduction accompanies the red-cherry nose on this wine, ...See Full Review$67
Jean Chauvenet 2016 Les Perrières Premier Cru (Nuits-St.-Georges)BurgundySumptuous oak leads on the nose of this wine, tinging dark cherry ...See Full Review$115
Manuel Olivier 2018 Nuits-St.-GeorgesBurgundyThe allure of ripe, red cherry on the first whiff of this ...See Full Review$89
Famille Carabello-Baum 2016 Nuits-St.-GeorgesBurgundySubtle oaky toastiness suggests a certain gloss on the nose of this ...See Full Review$44
Domaine Chevillon-Chezeaux 2018 Vieilles Vignes (Nuits-St.-Georges)BurgundyIn this wine, reductive notes come with a little smokiness, at first ...See Full Review$55
Henri de Villamont 2018 Les Damodes Premier Cru (Nuits-St.-Georges)BurgundyThe first impression on nose and palate of this wine is smokiness, ...See Full ReviewN/A
Jean-Luc Aegerter 2018 Les Chaboeufs Premier Cru (Nuits-St.-Georges)BurgundyA subtle top note of mocha is all this wine gives away ...See Full Review$79
Manuel Olivier 2018 Les Cailles Premier Cru (Nuits-St.-Georges)BurgundyThis wine opens with generous notions of ripe, fleshy black cherry. That ...See Full Review$133
J. Coudray Bizot 2013 Au Base de Combe (Nuits-St.-Georges)BurgundyThis wine tells us with the first whiff that it is evolved. ...See Full Review$75
- Pinot Noir(309)
- Cabernet Sauvignon(12)
- Greek Red(11)
- Bordeaux-style Red Blend(4)
- Sauvignon Blanc(4)
- Gruner Veltliner(3)
- Petite Sirah(1)
- Red Blend(1)