All about Nemea, Peloponnese.

The name “Semeli” refers to vineyard and wine
The name “Semeli” is taken from classical Greek mythology, she was the mother of Dionysus who was revered by the ancient Greeks as the God of wine and was credited with discovering wine and introducing the cultivation of the vine to the Greeks. Dionysus was the fruit of the love affair between the Princess Semeli and Zeus. When Ira, Zeus’ wife, learned that he had betrayed her she flew into a rage and determined to take revenge. In doing so she caused the pregnant Semeli’s death. A grieving Zeus took the unborn Dionysus from his mother’s womb and sewed him into his own thigh where the baby was nourished by his father’s blood until his birth.

The company
Semeli was founded in 1979 with the aim of producing wines of high quality to satisfy the most demanding wine lovers. The company invested in the creation of a model vineyard, selecting varieties but also cultivation methods considered to be pioneering at the time. After the acquisition of the majority shareholding by the Sallas family, emphasis is on international tendencies, a systematic effort is being made to maintain a good quality-price ratio, while constant values for the company remain its people and good raw material.

Some years later the company’s second winery, Domaine Helios was built in an outstanding vineyard area in Koutsi, in the red wine appellation region of Nemea. This facility is on a much larger scale and impresses with its design, aesthetics and functionality. Domaine Helios is considered to be one of the most important developments in the wine world, at least within Greece. Here, with many years of wine making experience and ultramodern equipment, combined with strict specifications of cultivation and selection of grapes, we have created exceptional wines in all price categories, satisfying a wide range of consumers. Domaine Helios also boasts 8 guest rooms where we can cater for a small number of guests in discreet luxury as well as a multi-purpose space which can hold up to 400 people.

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logo graperoverThe Semeli Estate wines tasted by GrapeRover:

2011 Semeli Estate Mountain Sun white, PGI Peloponnese. 84 points.

oreinos-hlios-lefkoswhite grapeclip90% moschofilero, 10% roditis.

vmlRegional: Shrimp stuffed sole. World: sushi, sashimi, braised fish, shellfish, crustaceans, charcuterie, cream cheeses.

logo graperoverPale yellow/white. Light viscosity. Apples and gooseberry on the nose, delicate floral traces. Light-bodied, delicate fruit on the palate and light vegetal notes, moderate acidity, not particularly deep, but pleasant to drink, attractive finish.

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2011 Semeli Estate Mantinia Nassiakos, PDO Mantinia. 84 points.

mantinia-nasiakoswhite grapeclip100% moschofilero.

vmlRegional: Gavros saganaki. World: sushi, sashimi, braised fish, shellfish, crustaceans, charcuterie, cream cheeses.

logo graperoverLight straw yellow. Medium viscosity. Aromatic nose, candied flowers and some citrus. Fairly prominent lemony acidity on the palate, moderate apple fruit, herbaceous traces, clean and refreshing, typical of the variety, not a lot of substance, but fairly persistent, attractive finish.

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2011 Semeli Estate Mountain Sun rose, PGI Corinth. 84 points.

oreinos-helios-rozered grape clip100% agiorgitiko.

vmlRegional: Grilled Amberjack (Magiatiko). World: spicy grilled prawns, asian food, sushi, sashima, spicy chicken, cream cheese.

logo graperoverBright cheery red. Light viscosity. Elegant red currant and cherry nose, light burnt notes. Fairly tranquil on the palate, slightly bitter preserved red berry fruit, hints of cherries and dried herbs, integrated acidity, not a lot of real substance, slightly tart on an acceptable to attractive finish.

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2010 Semeli Estate Mountain Sun red, PGI Peloponnese. 86 points.

oreinos-ilios-erythrosred grape clip100% agiorgitiko.

wine barrel12 months on French oak.

vmlRegional: Rib-eye with mushroom/mavrodaphne. World: prime meat, lamb or kid, casseroles, spicy sausages, matured cheeses.

logo graperoverDark ruby. Medium+ viscosity. Clear nose, red and black berries, dried vegetal and mineral traces, light roasted notes. Clean again on the palate, cool, elegantly juicy fruit, delicate spicy oak, dried vegetal notes and some mineral traces in the background, fairly fine, harmonious tannins, good persistence and has some depth, reasonably balanced, fairly elegant, good to very good finish.

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2007 Semeli Estate Nemea Reserve, PDO Nemea. 88 points.

semeli-nemea-reservered grape clip100% agiorgitiko.

wine barrel12 months French oak. (30% new).

vmlRegional: Roasted lamb ribs. World: prime meat, veal or beef liver, casseroles, spicy sausages, matured cheeses.

logo graperoverDark ruby. Medium+ viscosity. Vivid and youthful. Intense on the nose, cherry, blueberry, mushroom and wet wood. Dense spices, complex fruit and balanced oak. Full body, notable acidity, ripe and noble tannins, while the finish is persistent. Very pleasant!