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venikos-logoThe company “Venikos – Welfare, Wine, Gastronomy” was founded in 2014. From the beginning, one of the goals was contributing into turning Nemea and all the surrounding area of the Peloponnese, into a well-known winetourism destination.

Starting from the vineyards of Nemea, with the famous indigenous grape variety Agiorgitiko, Nikos Bouzinelos and Dominik Brun have established a network of wine makers, food production units, restaurants and hotels, as well as touristic agencies, all united by the philosophy of a high quality, sustainable and alternative form of tourism.

Based on this growing network, Venikos organizes wine tours for winelovers but also wine professionals from Greece and abroad. The wine tours offered, are tailor-made to the customer’s requirements. The focus is on modern Greek wine and the innovative winemakers of the region, but always in connection to high gastronomy, archeology and local culture, as well as to the beautiful landscape of the Peloponnese.

Venikos also operates a guest house in the city of Nemea. “House Venikos” is a cozy Bed & Breakfast which can accommodate up to 6 guests. It is surrounded by a large garden with organically grown vegetables and a small vineyard with 20 different Greek grape varieties.

It includes a classy tasting room, ready to serve up to 20 people. In collaboration with the oenologist Sophocles Petropoulos, wine seminars are held on a regular basis at House Venikos.

Venikos offers its guests a deeper insight into the modern Greek wine and the indigenous grape varieties. The seminars are dedicated to the local grape Agiorgitiko and its variations, but also to rare Greek grape varieties or the Ambassador wines of Greece. Of course, all of them are always enriched with interesting stories from the oenologist or a local winemaker. Next to the tasting room there is an exhibition of all the PDO Nemea wines and a small Cava where you can buy the wines from the seminars.

Venikos has taken the initiative and brings together various local players with a lot of dedication to promote the wine tourism in the region and establishing Greece as a wine tourism destination.

Wine Tours

Complete list of the wine tours that we organize

The Nemean Lion

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A culinary trek to the place where Hercules killed the lion of Nemea. A wine tour for lovers of archaeology, mythology, delicate food and Greek wine.

Date: All the year
Duration: 4-6 hours
Participants: 4-18
Included: Guide, entrance to archaeological sites, map of the wineries, picnic, a cheese plate at each winery, dinner with 5 course meal

In addition:
Overnight stay at the House Venikos with breakfast.
The House Venikos has 3 bedrooms, 2 balconies, a large bathroom, a toilet, a modern kitchen, a living room with fireplace, TV, A/C, free WiFi, and a great garden.

Program:
Meeting at the House Venikos in Nemea. Transfer to the temple of Hercules in Ancient Kleones. Picnic at the temple with an introduction in the myth of Hercules and the Nemean Lion. First tasting of 3 wine labels.

Visit of the ancient Nemea. Tour through the Temple of Zeus and the Ancient Stadium.

Visit and wine tasting at 2 wineries in the region Nemea.
Introduction in the modern Greek wine and the famous indigenous variety Agiorgitiko.

Five course dinner at House Venikos or in a local restaurant with Greek delicacies, accompanied by the wines of the tour.

Wine & Culture Travel Peloponnese Greece

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A guided round trip through the Peloponnese that brings us to the major wine regions, interesting wineries, unique archaeological sites and beautiful places. For everyone that wants a deeper insight into the Greek culture, the modern Greek wines, the high gastronomy and the beautiful landscapes. Overnight stays in 3-4* boutique hotels with breakfast. Due to our experience and local network we are able to show you the hidden treasures of the Peloponnese.

Duration: 8 days
Participants: 5-8 persons
Organisation: Venikos Ltd, Dervenakion 100, 20500 Nemea, Greece
Overnight stay: 3-4* Boutique Hotels
Included: Overnight stay in 3-4* boutique with breakfast, lunch and picnics, dinners in selected restaurants and taverns incl. drinks and wines, entrance fees to archaeological sites, wine tastings, wine seminar with an oenologist or wine maker, visit of wineries, activities like archery lesson, rental car, street tolls, gas, guide for all days

Program:

Sat. 27.05.2017 Arrival, Corinth Canal, Vrahati
Sun. 28.05.2017 Ancient Corinth, Lake Vouliagmenis, Winery visit
Mon. 29.05.2017 Sparta, Mystras, Monemvassia
Tue. 30.05.2017 Monemvassia, Winery visit
Wed. 31.05.2017 Kosmas, Monastery Moni Elonis, Leonidio, Nafplio
Thu. 01.06.2017 Epidauros, Olive oil production, Nafplio
Fri. 02.06.2017 Mycenae, Wisdom of Nature, Archery, Wein seminar at House Venikos
Sat. 03.06.2017 Athens & Acropolis, Departure

The Nemean Lion

Duration: 4-6h
Season: All the year
Participants: 4-18
Languages: Greek, English, German (other languages upon request)

Information:
A culinary trek to the place where Hercules killed the lion of Nemea. A wine tour for lovers of archaeology, mythology, great Greek food and wine.

On the banks of the legendary river Asopos

Duration: 4-6h
Season: All the year
Participants: 4-18
Languages: Greek, English, German (other languages upon request)

Information:
Following the river Asopos, we find high-quality boutique wineries. This wine tour is created especially for winelovers with advanced knowledge and wine professionals.

Around the city with a glass

Duration: 4-6h
Season: All the year
Participants: 4-18
Languages: Greek, English, German (other languages upon request)

Information:
A wine tour dedicated to the indigenous grape variety Agiorgitiko and the wineries located in the city of Nemea. This wine tour is made for winelovers that they want to have a deeper look into the local variety and the great potential of the Agiorgitiko wines.

A travel through the Greek wine

Duration: 4-6h
Season: All the year
Participants: 4-18
Languages: Greek, English, German (other languages upon request)

Information:
Trough the wines of the distinguish grape varieties we travel from Santorini to Mantinea and Nemea by visiting the wineries of Koutsi, Nemea. In this wine tour, we get to taste all the ambassador grape varieties of Greece

The wines of King Agamemnon

Duration: 3-4h
Season: All the year
Participants: 4-18
Languages: Greek, English, German (other languages upon request)

Information:
A wine journey to the land of the legendary ruler Agamemnon and the unique archaeological site of Mycenae, combined with the great wines from the nearby winery. This tour is made for lovers of archaeology, ancient Greek culture and modern wines.

The Stymphalian birds & high altitude wineries

Duration: 3-4h
Season: All the year
Participants: 4-18
Languages: Greek, English, German (other languages upon request)

Information:
Following his labours, we find the place where Hercules hunted the Stymphalian Birds, the museum of Environment and high altitude wineries. A wine tour for lovers of mythology, culture and interesting wines.

Mantinea – The Moschofilero Tour

Duration: 4-6h
Season: All the year
Participants: 4-18
Languages: Greek, English, German (other languages upon request)

Information:
In the heart of the Peloponnese lays the beautiful region Mantinea, known for its own grape variety Moschofilero. This tour is dedicated to this unique grape variety and for lovers of white & sparkling wines.

The wines of Attica

Duration: 4-6h
Season: All the year
Participants: 4-18
Languages: Greek, English, German (other languages upon request)

Information:
Dedicated to the modern wines of Attica and the local grape variety Savatiano is this wine tour the perfect addition to your trip to Athens.

In cooperation with travel agencies in Greece and abroad we offer fully organized and guided wine & culture travels.

Wine & Culture Travel Peloponnese

Duration: 8 days
Season: All the year
Participants: 4-18
Languages: Greek, English, German (other languages upon request)

Information:
A guided round trip through the Peloponnese that brings us to the major wine regions, interesting wineries, unique archaeological sites and beautiful places. For everyone that wants a deeper insight into the Greek culture, the modern Greek wines, the high gastronomy and the beautiful landscapes.

Overnight stays in 3-4* boutique hotels with breakfast. Due to our experience and local network we are able to show you the hidden treasures of the Peloponnese.

The modern wines of Greece: Athens, Peloponnese & Santorini

Duration: 10 days
Season: April-June / September-October
Participants: 4-18
Languages: Greek, English, German (other languages upon request)

Information:
In this extended wine travel we will dive deep into the modern wines of Greece. We will visit selected wineries in Nemea, Mantinea, Santorini and Attica. We participate in a wine seminar about the ambassador grapes of Greece and have two special wine tastings about the wines of north Greece and modern Retsina. We stay in 4* boutique Hotels in Nafplio, Santorini and Athens.

The program is rounded up with excursions to stunning archaeological sites and the Vulcan island on Santorini as well as activities such as an archery lesson in the vineyards of Nemea and the visit of an organic olive oil producer. This wine travel is made for wine lovers and wine professionals with focus on the most important wine regions of Greece, the indigenous grape varieties, the high gastronomy and the beautiful landscapes.

Wine Seminars at House Venikos

Masterclass Agiorgitiko

Duration: 3-4h
Season: All the year
Participants: 4-14
Languages: Greek, English, German (other languages upon request)

Information:
A wine seminar dedicated to the indigenous grape variety Agiorgitiko and its different facets. We taste 8 different wines made of Agiorgitiko grapes from local producers and experience the wide range of styles that can be vinified by this unique grape variety. The Masterclass is guided by our experienced oenologist or a local wine maker. After the seminar, we enjoy a rich Greek barbeque with many delicacies and drink our favourite wine form the seminar with it.

The modern wines of Greece – The ambassador grape varieties

Duration: 3-4h
Season: All the year
Participants: 4-14
Languages: Greek, English, German (other languages upon request)

Information:
A wine seminar for wine lovers that want to learn all about the modern Greek wine. We taste 8 wines from the 4 Greek ambassador grape varieties, but also from other well-known Greek grapes. The seminar is guided by our experienced oenologist or a local wine maker. After the seminar, we enjoy a rich Greek barbeque or a dinner with many delicacies and drink our favourite wine form the seminar with it.

Greek and international grape varieties compared

Duration: 3-4h
Season: All the year
Participants: 4-14
Languages: Greek, English, German (other languages upon request)

Information:
In this wine seminar, we compare Greek grape varieties with international grape varieties grown in Greece. Also, we show the potential of blending Greek and international varieties. The seminar is guided by our experienced oenologist or a local wine maker. After the seminar, we enjoy a rich Greek barbeque or a dinner with many delicacies and drink our favourite wine form the seminar with it.

Unknown Greek grape varieties

Duration: 3-4h
Season: All the year
Participants: 4-14
Languages: Greek, English, German (other languages upon request)

Information:
In this wine seminar, we will taste 6 different wines from unknown Greek grape varieties. Many of them where recently rediscovered an all have great potential. This seminar is made for wine lovers that want to have a deeper look into the unique Greek wine world. The seminar is guided by our experienced oenologist or a local wine maker and accompanied by matching finger food, freshly cooked by our chef.

Venikos Events

Archery in the vineyard

Duration: 4-6h
Season: All the year at Saturdays & Sundays
Participants: 4-14
Languages: Greek, English, German (other languages upon request)

Information:
With the help of our experienced trainer, you will discover the secrets of archery and quickly learn how to shoot arrows right into the center of the target. After the lesson, we enjoy a rich picnic in the beautiful vineyard with selected local products and matching delicacies from various regions of Greece. We continue the afternoon with a guided tour through a local winery followed by a wine tasting with an introduction in the modern wine of Greece.

Grape harvest and wine production

Duration: 4-6h
Season: Late August until beginning of October
Participants: 4-14
Languages: Greek, English, German (other languages upon request)

Information:
We offer the unique chance to participate in the grape harvest in the beautiful vineyards of Nemea. After the harvest, we learn how to make wine. We press the grapes and collect the juice for a micro vinification. We continue the afternoon with a guided tour through a local winery followed by a wine tasting with an introduction in the modern wine of Greece.

Bike tours in Nemea

Duration: 4-6h
Season: Late August until beginning of October
Participants: 4-14
Languages: Greek, English, German (other languages upon request)

Information:
Along the beautiful vineyards of Nemea, we ride with our bikes and enjoy the nature. We stop for a picnic and continue our ride until we find a boutique winery where we taste great wines. The bike tours are organized according to your wishes and your experience. We can offer tours with different distances and difficulty levels.

Venikos Tailor Made

Tailor made tours & travels

We offer tailor made tours and travels for groups and couples. We design your trip according to your wishes, your specific needs and your time schedule. From day tours, up to complete travels over longer periods. You can travel alone or book a guide that helps you to get the most out of every day of your vacation. Thanks to our local ties and our wide network we can include access to people and interesting sites for beyond the reach of the average traveller.
Our tailor-made travels include:

  • Tours and travels in Greece for any number of days
  • Visits of more than 50 wineries
  • Meetings with the top wine makers of Greece
  • Wine seminars & tastings guided by an experienced oenologist
  • Meals & dinners in the best restaurants and taverns
  • Visits of the most popular and also unknown archaeological sites
  • Transportation in luxury bus for groups
  • Overnight stays in boutique hotels and guesthouses
  • City tours in Athens, Corinth, Nemea and other places
  • We can organize the delivery of any number of bottles to be received at your home
Team building events

We offer tailor made team building events for companies with focus on outdoor activities like archery, grape or olive harvest and bike tours as well as indoor activities with cooking lessons, tasting seminars and other events that help to improve the spirit and connection of your team.

From small teams of 2-4 people until entire offices we can organize one day events or even team building weekends.

Through this team building events your team will connect better as a group, will have higher skills in the inside and outgoing communication, comes back with more creativity and finally achieve a higher productivity.

According to the needs of your company we will organize together with you a tailor-made team building event that will bring the best out of your team.

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The Team

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Nikos Bouzinelos
is the co-founder of the company “Venikos”. He was born in Nemea where he lives the last 18 years after his studies at the Agricultural University of Athens.

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Dominik Brun
was born in Switzerland and studied economics in Zurich. He is responsible for the strategic planning, the sales and the marketing and guides some of our tours & travels.

SofoklisPetropoulos

Sophoklis Petropoulos
was born in Greece and studied oenologist at the university of Athens. He worked at some of the most known wineries in Nemea and is responsible for our wine seminars.

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Vangelis Grivakis
was born in Nemea and studied sports in Athens. He is responsible for our alternative program and events like the archery in the vineyards.

Contact Venikos

Venikos Ltd.

Dervenakion 100, 20500 Nemea
T: +30 27460 23436
M.: +30 69484 60909

Website:
www.venikos.gr

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