Agiorgitiko, means “St George’s Grape”. The name is pronounced “Ah yor yee’ ti ko”, and it is a black grape grown mainly in the south west of Greece’s mainland.

Characteristics
Agiorgi­tiko is known to pro­duce wines with good lev­els of fruit and col­our. It needs, how­ever, cool­er cli­mate to pro­duce wine with good acid­i­ty levels, a ne­ces­si­ty if you want to store your wine for longer pe­ri­ods of time.

Agiorgi­tiko is mostly used to pro­duce va­ri­e­tal wines. It can also be found in blends with Caber­net Sauvignon, as well as being used for producing rosé wines.

Wines
The best wines can be found in and around the municipality of Nemea (on Peloponnesos, west of Athens). Look for wines made from grapes grown in higher altitude (300 m/1,000 ft650 m/2,000 ft). A nice alternative can be found half an hour’s drive from Nemea, on the plateau of Asprokampos (altitude 750 m/2,500 ft), where the Agiorgitiko wines are known to be particularly good for ageing.

Food pairing
Agiorgitiko is nice with Souvlaki, Greek style skewers with grilled meat. Adding a touch of lemon to the dish is a good idea if you have found a warm climate grown wine as it can be expected to have a lower level of acidity.

An Agiorgitiko varietal wine is best served at 15°C/59°F.18°C/64°F.

Where is it grown?
Agiorgitiko is grown in Greece, mainly in Peloponessos (ninety percent of the plantings are here). It can also be found in Thraki, Attiki, Dytiki Ellada, Ionia Nisia, Iperios, Kentriki Macedonia, Kriti, Sterra Ellada, and Thessalia.

With plantings of 2.905 ha/7,178 ac, it is the sixth most planted grape variety in Greece. The acreage has increased with ten percent between 2000 and 2010.

Reports of plantings outside of Greece have not been found.

History
The grape is said to be native to Peloponnesos and is recognised as one of Greece’s oldest.