The PDO Mantinia zone (established in 1971), lies in the central eastern part of the Peloponnesian district of Arkadia, between the mountains of Parnon (2.404m) and Mainalo (1.980m).
Mantinia has a long tradition of viticulture, dating back to the ancient times, as evidenced by numerous archaeological finds, linking the region with wine production and the worship of the god Dionysus. It is no coincidence that the vine of Pausanias, which is believed to be the oldest vine in the world, is in Mantinia, while Homer had named Mantinia “polyampelo”, which means “many vines”.
The zone includes parts of Tripoli with the local communities of Tripoli (Agios Vasilios, Agios Konstantinos, Merkovouni, Pelagos, Skopi), Tegea (Lithovounia, Magoula, Rizes and Psilis Vrissis), Mantinia (Artemisio, Kapsia, Loukas, Nestani, Pikerni, Saga, Simiades), Korythi (Agiorgitika, Zevgolatio, Neochori, Partheni, Steno), Levidi (Kandila, Levidi, Orhomenos, Paleopyrgos), as well as the village Kouvli, in the local community of Doliana.
The PDO Mantinia wine zone, with an average elevation of 660m, is one of the coldest areas in Greece, with lots of rainfalls and often snow during winter, low temperatures and summer storms, all resulting in the late harvesting of the grapes, around mid-October.
Moschofilero is the most popular indigenous variety grown in the area and the PDO Mantinia wines produced in the zone by Moschofilero alone or in co-vinification with Asproudes (at a maximum of 15%), are dry white.
Mantinia is the ultimate winter destination in Greece, with a great selection of winter sports in the mountains nearby, beautiful, quaint villages to visit, excellent local cuisine and archaeological sites of great interest.