The vine of Pausanias, which is believed by many to be the oldest vineyard in the world is located in the area. Whilst also Homer describes Mantineia as a multi-vine area, and according to mythology, it was the residence of Panas the faithful follower of god Dionysus, who stood out for his love for wine, song, dance, and feasting.
The ancient Arcadians who worshiped the god Pan as much as they worshiped the god Dionysus come from the sourround area of Mantineia, where the enjoyment of wine and fun has eternal roots in the area! Aristotle and Theophrastus refer to the wines of Arcadia. Reference to the wine of Mantineia can be also found in 18th and 19th centure documents during the Turkish occupation.
Universaly known Mantineia, produces a white PDO wine, with a special identity, delicate and intense aromas, easily distinguishable, with characteristic acidity and freshness, specifically from the Moschofilero variety.
Mantineia is a plateau with an average altitude of 660 meters located In the heart of the Peloponnese, at the central-eastern part of Arcadia. The viticultural zone of Mantineia covers an area of over 1,000 hectares, mainly planted with Moschofilero.
The climate is characterized by a lot of rain and snow in winter, frequent rains, and thunderstorms in summer, and low temperatures, resulting in slow ripening of the grapes and mid-October harvest.
The soils are mainly flat sandy loam, with small hills and slopes. The older vines (40-50 years old) are shaped like cups, but the new vines are linear, most of them shaped like a double-sided linear shape, with a planting density of 300 to 450 plants per acre.
It ripens in early October, depending on the location and yield of the vineyard.
This charismatic grape, the most fragrant of all the members of the Filleri family, has reddish or greyish berries. However, it is used almost exclusively to produce dry still white and small amounts of sparkling wines.
The wines have a light yellow-green color and strong aromatic profile, characterized by rose petals and lemon blossoms.
Light bodied with crisp acidity and spicy finish.