The PDO Mantinia zone (est.1971) stretches in the central eastern part of the Peloponnesian district of Arkadia, between the mountains of Parnon to the east and Mainalo to the west. The vineyards of Mantinia cultivated on a plateau at altitudes of around 650 meters and the dominant grape variety is the well-known white Moshofilero. Moshofilero is found exclusively here, although a less aromatic clone, Fileri, is also cultivated in southern Peloponnese, in Lakonia. The climate is characterized by high rainfall and snow in winter and low temperatures in summer. The above factors of this ecosystem contribute to the prolongation of the ripening period of the vines. The vineyards in Mantinia usually ripen in the second half of September, sometimes in the first half of October, quite late for a southern Greek viticultural zone. Moschofilero and Mantinia are inseparably linked, producing characteristically Greek dry wines. PDO Mantinia wines have two distinct aromatic and flavor profiles. The plateau’s grapes are more aromatic, redolent with rose aromas, while the grapes from the foothills bring forth the aromas of citrus fruit and are rather higher in acidity. There are 11 wineries within the zone and 20 outside it producing the popular PDO Mantinia wines. Finally, do not forget to mention that international varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are grown in the zone, with remarkable results.