In 2003, Semeli Winery operated for the first time. The company was founded in 1979 and aimed to produce Greek wines of high quality. The first vinification attempts were made with Agiorghitiko, Moschofilero, Roditis and Cabernet Sauvignon varietals. From the very beginning, the company’s philosophy has been to produce quality wines based on a value for money approach. Today, under the instructions of the exceptional winemaker Leonidas Nassiakos, the estate’s tradition is continued, now more experimental and open to new bottlings. Thus, the wines are promoted significantly both nationally and abroad with rising acknowledgement from the consumers. Getting to know Leonidas, one immediately recognizes the amount of good work being done in the winery, with love, respect and devotion to the very product. He is a gentle man, with a remarkable temperament and attention to what he loves to do.
The winery is located in the sub-mountainous community of Koutsi, of the designated area of Nemea, just a few miles away from the homonymous village. It is a space that stands out equally for its size and architecture but also its hospitality. Its strategic location in the wine producing district of Nemea, at an altitude of 600m, provides a healthy ecosystem (terroir) for the vineyards but also an amazing and serene view for the visitor. In the central part of the winery, the central halls stands for a cozy environment and overview of the Ziria Mountain tops. This space is where the visitor can taste the majority of the wines produced in the sitting area around the fireplace. Next to the hall, there are 8 guesthouses ready to accommodate people visiting the Estate and winelovers from around the world who come here and get inducted to the world of wine, tasting the vintages. Accessing the Estate is easy thanks to the regional road that connects Kiato and Nemea, but also hard to miss since the shape of the building is eye catching even from far away due to is environment-friendly design.
While relaxing in this beautiful place, which has nothing to be jealous of the vineyards of France or Italy, you realize that the best scent is that of the grape must during harvest season. And it is intoxicating. It makes you want to stay here forever while it tell you stories from the vineyards as the wind blows through the vine leaves that are showered with sunlight and filled with sugars so you can later enjoy the wine in your glass.
Nearby, there are several cultural little treasures you can visit. The Ancient Temple of Zeus and the Archaeological Museum of Nemea for instance, the Ancient Stadium, Stimfalia Lake and the Environmental Museum of Nemea, which really is very well organized and one of the most beautiful in the area. The best time to visit the Estate is during harvest season, mid-September usually that is. The aromas of must and grapes skins totally complement the landscape. If however peace and quiet is what you are looking for, we strongly suggest that you visit from April to August.