Ancient History and Wine Connoiseurship!!
What would you say to walk in a sacred space, to hear from our certified guide all the history of this place, which even today, after 2000 years is the example of “fair play” and thanks to which the modern Olympics revived in 1896?
Olympia was the most glorious sanctuary of ancient Greece dedicated to Zeus. It was the venue for the Olympic Games held in the context of the Olympics, the most important celebration of the Greeks during most of antiquity.
In the 5th century, the glory of Olympia reached a point where politicians, philosophers, and artists could gather because they found a large audience there to spread their ideas.
Olympia was called Altis, that is, the Sacred Grove. It was built on the north bank of the river Alfios. There was for about a thousand years the golden-ivory statue of Zeus, the work of Phidias, which was known in antiquity as one of the seven wonders of the world. The starting point of the Olympics is 776 BC and they were held every four years. The oldest building is the temple of Hera and the newest is the Nymphaeum.
After our quided tour and the knowledge we will acquire, we will continue with other type of knowledge, such as the wine. We will go to the Mercouri Estate for wine connoiseurship.
It is an old, large estate with a 140-year history of producing wine, olive oil and in the past Corinthian raisins. It belongs to the Mercouri family, with roots from Epirus and the Peloponnese, a family with diverse interests but also a special love for the land. If there is something characterizing the Markoukri Estate this is its environment. The beautiful green and blue nature surrounding it, the richness of flora and the diversity of its fauna.
The estate is planted with many varieties of vines including Refosco, Mavrodaphne, Augustus (red), Viognier, Aromatic Malvazia and Ribolla Gialla (white) and to a limited extent with the varieties Merlot and Turkopoula.
This estate has many distinctions of gold, silver and bronze medals in international reports and competitions.
At the end of our guided tour of the estate we will taste three different wines, the olive oil of the estate and taste local products that will accompany our wine tasting.