The region has a reputation for its agricultural products including its citrus fruits, low-acidity olives, diverse fish and crustaceans, and wine. Amanzoe offers guests the opportunity to pick olives and make their own olive oil (seasonal); join in the pomegranate harvest (seasonal); visit local sheep and goat farmers who make their own cheese; and collect honey (seasonal) on a trip to the local hives and honey museum.
Within 90 minutes of Amanzoe there are numerous vineyards open for wine tasting. All boast indigenous Greek grape varieties, offer tours of the surrounding vineyards and are known for their complex and diverse wines.
The vineyards of Nemea are particularly famous. Nemea is an ancient site in the northeast of the Peloponnese, not far from the town of Nafplion. Here in Greek mythology Heracles overcame the Nemean Lion of the Goddess Hera, and the Nemean Games took place.
The region was first put on the map for its winemaking by Homer, who called it Ampeloessa, which means “full of vines”. Today the appellation of Nemea is the most important red wine AOC of southern Greece, and arguably all of Greece. The indigenous Greek Agiorgitiko grape is grown, producing wines famous for their deep red colour with violet and blue hues, their complex aromas and their long, velvety finishes.
Originally a small fishing community, much of Porto Heli’s history is based around this industry. Amanzoe can arrange visits to local fish tavernas and markets.
If you are in the mood for an adventure on the water, Amanzoe offers a Wally One speedboat, or Aquazoe – a Pershing 62. A number of customised charters are available, enabling guests to explore the islands, inlets and coastal towns along this famous stretch of coastline.
Although there are several charming tavernas at each destination, Amanzoe can provide a picnic to be enjoyed on the water or a secluded beach.
Whatever you do, don’t miss the magnificence of a Greek sunset, during which the mountains and the sea are painted a beautiful, dusky pink.
Waterskiing is available in the region’s sheltered bays during the warmer months of the year.
Off-road tracks abound in the area, whether winding through ancient pine forests or hilltop olive groves offering beautiful views.
Head out at sunrise or sunset for an airborne tour of the area, or combine this archaeological flight with your heli-journey to and from the airport. Flights will take in all the Mycenaean Citadels including Mycenae, Tyrinth and Midea, as well as Epidaurus, Halieis (the ancient sunken city in Porto Heli Bay), Akrokorinthos, the ancient stadium and Temple of Apollo at Nemea, and Isthmia Harbour.