Mantineia, a renowned wine-producing region in Greece, is celebrated for its distinctive white wines made primarily from two grape varieties: Moschofilero and Asprouda. Moschofilero dominates the vineyards in the region, with a less aromatic clone called Fileri cultivated in southern Peloponnese, specifically in Laconia. Mantineia's vineyards are situated northeast of Tripoli at an elevation of over 650 meters, characterized by well-drained, nutrient-poor soil.
The region's unique microclimate sets it apart from other mainland areas, featuring heavy rainfall and snow during the winter months, along with frequent summer storms and lower temperatures. These conditions contribute to the development of the distinctive flavors found in Mantineia wines.
Moschofilero grapes exhibit a slightly reddish hue, but the resulting wines are white with subtle grey or pink tints. The aroma of these wines is reminiscent of Muscat, showcasing prominent rose and frankincense notes, accompanied by a notably sharp acidity. This combination of characteristics makes Mantineia wines particularly refreshing and enjoyable.
Wines bearing the Protected Designation of Origin (P.D.O.) Mantinea label are best consumed fresh, ideally within the first year of production. Available in both still and sparkling varieties, these wines are perfect for a variety of occasions and pair well with a wide range of dishes.