Founded in 1979, Semeli Estate is a leading Greek winery and one of the countrys most significant wine-related developments. With deep roots in time-honored traditions and our eyes on the future, we produce wines of exceptional quality offering consumers best value for money.
Dominated by ragged mountains and blessed with bountiful vineyards perched on hillslopes amidst age-old cypress trees and olive groves, Nemea offers one of the most stunning landscapes in the Peloponnese.
This lush upland valley, located midway between the towns of Corinth and Argos, has a long history. In mythical times its name was closely linked with Hercules, who performed his first feat, the slaying of the ferocious Nemean lion, in one of its mountain caves. The hero kept the beasts pelt and, ever since that day, wore it like a suit of armor. Later, the region became known for its sanctuary of Zeus and the biennial athletic games held in his honor, as well as its Phliasian wine which was famous throughout ancient Greece.
Today, Nemea is celebrated for the local Agiorgitiko variety, one of Greeces most important red grapes with Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) certification, perpetuating a 2,500 year old tradition. Nemea is often referred to as the crown jewel of the new wine industry and Greeces most important appellation, while its wineries are ranked among the top names in the country.
The Semeli Estate is located at an altitude of 600m on the slopes of the hilly Koutsi region, one of Nemeas most celebrated “crus”. In this unique grape-growing microclimate crop levels are low and fruit and natural acids in positive balance.
Our privately-owned hillside vineyards span 250 acres, while another vineyards are grown by affiliated winegrowers under long-term partnership agreements in Koutsi and the neighboring areas of Asprokampos, Kastraki and Ancient Nemea. This allows for continuous quality control throughout the growing season – an absolute must for consistently producing great wines.
Our primary goal is to fully realize the Nemea vineyards potential and support the local economy. Apart from hiring exclusively from the surrounding communities, we also support neighboring growers by either advising them on the cultivation of grapes or by rewarding their efforts to produce high quality grapes through fair pricing.
In 2003, Semeli built a modern, stylishly designed winery set amidst company-owned vineyards in Koutsi, Corinthia. This state-of-the-art 4,000m² facility, is a benchmark winery at a national level both in terms of innovative layout and excellent services. Designed with respect for the natural environment and built on a vineyard covered hillslope with a long reputation of producing vintage grapes, the Semeli winery reflects our holistic approach to modern winemaking.
Blending traditional values with the latest advances in viticulture, our winery uses a gravity-fed process that takes full advantage of the sloping terrain. From pressing to barreling and then on to bottling, the entire process relies on the force of gravity rather than on mechanical methods that may damage the grape. Moreover, by reducing grape temperature to 7-8˚C prior to crushing and then carefully controlling both temperature and humidity throughout the facility, we are able to minimize oxidation and promote fermentation under ideal conditions.
The Semeli Estate is among the first to focus on the growing trend of wine tourism and the promotion of wine cultures
Our guest house with ten cosy luxury country suites is located at a high altitude amidst vineyards. And there we offer an exclusive living experience to travellers of all ages, students and oenophiles
from all over the world. You will leave our Estate having attained a
fascinating insight to the world of viticulture and wine-making and an initiation to the bond between wine and land, wine and
food, and ultimately between wine, culture and the joys of life.