Messinian Wine
Messinian Wine

Messinianwine producers cultivate their vineyards with love and passion to produce wine of exceptional quality. The large periods of sunshine and the dry and warm climate conditions, which prevail in the area during the maturity period of the grapes, ensure the quality of the harvest. The varieties of Messinia have adapted very well to the area and are usually found at an altitude above 200 meters and have a yield of 1,000 – 1,200 kilos perstremma (1000 m2). Annual grape cultivation starts in January with pruning and finishes in October when the grapes are harvested.Messinian dry white and red wines have received Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status. These wines have excellent sensory properties, fruity aromas, bright color and are full of flavor and taste.

The grape varieties that produce these PGI wines are the local varieties of Roditis, Fileri, Fokiano, Mandilaria and Mavroudi as well as some others such as Assyrtiko,Malagousia, Agiorghitiko, Chardonnay, Grenache Blanc, Ugni Blanc, Cabernet, Grenache Rouge, Carignan and Merlot. Today about 2,000 people are involved in wine production in Messinia. Annually, the production volume of grapes is around 34,000 tons, from which 27,000 tons of wine is produced. Every year on the 10th of August the village of Petritsi hosts a wine festival.


Wine is exceptionally beneficial when consumed in moderation. It protects from cardiovascular disease because it inhibitsLDL cholesterol oxidation levels,decreases homocysteine levels, it has antioxidant properties as well as positive effects on haemostasis and endothelial function. It also has strong anticancer properties because of the antioxidant substances it contains. Red wine, especially, has a substantial number of polyphenols, including catechins and resveratrol, which are antioxidant and anticancer substances.

Moderate consumption of alcohol for individuals who have an average body weight is defined as having up to 1 drink per day for women and up to 2 drinks per day for men, providing that the inclusion of wine in the daily diet of the person does not interfere with the caloric balance.

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