The appellation of Mantinia is situated on a plateau at 600m above sea level in the heart of the Peloponnese. It is one of the coolest regions in Greece and often one of the last to harvest. The wines are decidedly cool climate, more reminiscent of northern Italy or Alsace than the Mediterranean. Moschofilero [moh-sko-FEE-leh-row] is the principal grape variety.
When fully ripe, Moschofilero is a dark skinned white varietal, much like pinot gris or gewürztraminer. The resulting white wine possesses a pale pink or ‘grey’ tinge. Boutari’s Moschofilero is a classic example, with an effusive nose of rose petals, citrus and stone fruit. It’s light and crisp, with 12% alcohol and zesty acidity, making it a perfect choice for a wide range of foods. These include spicy Thai and Indian cuisine as well as traditional Mediterranean seafood and shellfish perfumed with sweet aromatic herbs. It can be compared to pinot grigio, albariño, or even more accurately, a blend of the aromatics of gewürztraminer with the lean, refreshing body of dry Riesling.