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Wine Tour:
Canal - Ancient Corinth - Nemea

The Corinth Canal is an artificial waterway in Greece, connecting the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf. It cuts through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth and separates the Peloponnese from mainland Greece. The canal was constructed between 1882 and 1893 by a French company, under Ottoman Turkish supervision (though without direct Turkish participation), to allow shipping between the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. Today, it is one of two strategically important sea canals linking the Aegean directly with the Mediterranean (the other is the Dardanelles Strait, which connects with Marmara). It’s not just a canal, but it’s also a part of history!

After crossing the canal, we drive on towards Ancient Corinth. Corinth is one of the most famous and visited cities of Greece. The city is located in the South West of the Peloponnese surrounded by mountains that take their name from the ancient town. The most renowned monuments are: The Temple of Apollo, Roman Odeon and the Archaeological Museum. You can visit Ancient Corinth, one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in Greece. It was here that Paul preached to Athenians on Mars Hill (Acts 17). Ancient Corinth held as many as 100,000 inhabitants at one time but only about 600 ruins remain. A tour of Ancient Corinth will bring you back to a place where history comes alive.

Nemea is a historical site in Greece that is known for its ancient sanctuary dedicated to Zeus. The sanctuary was built by the Mycenaean Greeks during the Bronze Age, and was later rebuilt by the Arcadians during the Iron Age. The Nemean games were also held at the sanctuary, but it is unclear if this tradition started in Archaic or Classical times.

Nemea offers wine lovers the opportunity to enjoy a visit to one of Greece’s most important red-wine appellations. The Nemea region is located in the northeast corner of the Peloponnese peninsula, very close to ancient Corinth and stunningly beautiful, with an agreeable climate that allows for vinification at all times. This tour will take you through the vineyards of Nemea, where you will have the chance to taste the famous Nemea’s red wines.

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