George Skouras was born in Argos, one of the most ancient towns in Europe with more than 3,000 years of wine making and cultural tradition. In 1980, George studied Agriculture at the University of Dijon, in Burgundy, France. His acquaintance with the well-known varieties of the region, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, as well as the famous local wine growers, put a spell on him. Upon graduating from Dijon with a degree in oenology, George started gathering experience in many classic wineproducing regions of France and Greece. A long-held vision, the creation of Domaine Skouras was materialized in 1986. Initially, the small wine-making facility was in Pyrgela, a small village on the outskirts of Argos. The next logical step was the creation of a boutique winery in Nemea PDO, at the village of Gimno. There, the countless hours of manual work on an extremely small scale became an invaluable study on the Agiorghitiko variety and the Nemea denomination.
The vineyards consist of Greek and international grape varieties cultivated in the region: Agiorghitiko, Moscofilero, Roditis, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Viognier, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc. The vines are located in four main regions, Korinth, Nemea, Argolida, Mantinia climbing from 60m up to 1040m altitude. Three main soil types are usually found in these regions: Sand, Rock and Clay. The annual production is 850.000 bottles from which 50% are exported.
Situated amongst vineyards, Domaine Skouras is an ultra-modern winemaking facility, with an elegant Greek architecture, designed to ensure:
• Proper and thorough procedures of the highest standards in all aspects of wine production and bottling
• A first class experience for visitors seeking education, entertainment, wine tastings and an understanding of local culture.
• Finally, our winery has modern reception halls, lined with works of well-known artists, large verandas and a beautiful tasting room, which is also a contemporary bistro. Here, visitors are looked after by our trained personnel, who also speak many languages fluently.
Certifications & Awards
- ISO 9001
- ISO 22000
We are lucky enough to be involved into the wine world, in such an amazing region like Nemea. Its diversity of landscapes, altitudes and soils makes it a fascinating place to grow a vine. There is a proven history of 3000 years of winemaking in the region and this is not the only fact we take into consideration when we are talking about its importance. Today, Nemea is the biggest appellation of red winemaking, in Greece and the Agiorghitiko grape is the king. It is one of the most recognizable varieties abroad and we are proud to say that our winery has played a very important role on that.
All of our wines express clearly our philosophy which is reflected by the words:
- varietal clarity
- tracing of the region’s mesoclimate
- imprint of the terroir.
Our winemaking team works, observes, supervises, acts and reacts, advises and consults with only one aim: achieving optimum ripeness, obtaining the best possible grapes and expressing our unique terroir. The better the fruit, the better the wine. Skouras wines are thrilling and all bear the hallmarks of their creator: intensity, vibrancy and complexity, all expressed with elegance, grace and nobility. At Domaine Skouras, the wines are engraved by the character of their terroir.