Peloponnese is a large peninsula in southwestern Greece where some of the country's finest wines are produced. Two of the finest appellations in the country are situated within Peloponnese: Mantinia for white wines, and Nemea for red wines. These production zones are in eastern Peloponnese, where the climate is more continental than the rest of the country.

Winemaking here goes back thousands of years; Homer called this area Ampeloessa, meaning "full of vines." While this was an area that grew more grapes for eating than using to produce wine, today, Peloponnese is known for its high quality wines. There are 17 appellations within the area, and numerous varieties are planted throughout the zone. The leading cultivar is Moschofilero, used for production in Mantinia wines; other widely planted varieties include Agiorgitiko and Muscat, while there is a small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay as well. There are some fine values from Peloponnese exported; found on American retail shelves, these include Cabernet at less than $15, along with rosés and the ever popular Roditis, at similar pricing. (Wine/Appellations)