Gastronomy of Peloponnese

The Peloponnese has a long gastronomic history. Many regions and their products were widely famous from antiquity, like the vineyards of Nemea, the olive oil of Messenia, the aromatic plants and herbs of Arcadia, the vegetables of Corinth, as well as Sparta’s dark broth. Due to the enormous extent and diversity of its soil, the Peloponnese is richly endowed with products and flavors.

Also highly developed are livestock farming and fisheries.

There is also much cultivation of fruits and vegetables, as well as the grains that yield pasta of high quality.

Many of these products have a distinctive flavor. Among them are the Tsakonian eggplant, pears of the Krystalli variety, spoon sweets, olive oil, Messinian olives, regional wines, balsamic vinegar, tsipouro, chestnuts, almonds and nuts from the Kynouria mountain region, salted pork, Kalavryta formaela, Valtessiniko onions, Menalo honey, singlino from the Mani, dairy products from Laconia, Arcadia and Messinia, Vatika onions, pasteli and dried figs from Messinia, melons from Argos, strawberries and watermelons from Elis. These are just some of the local products with designations of origin offered by the Peloponnesian earth…

Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) and Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) products:

ProductDesignation of Origine or
Geographical indication
Olive oilKrokees (PDO)Laconia
Olive oilPetrina (PDO)Laconia
Olive oilFoiniki (PDO)Laconia
Olive oilLaconia (PDO)Laconia
Olive oilOlympia (PDO)Ilia
Olive oilKranidi (PDO)Argolis
Olive oilLygourio (PDO)Argolis
Olive oilKalamata (PDO)Messinia
OlivesKalamata (PDO)Messinia
Fruits and vegetablesTsakoniki eggplant of Leonidio (PDO)Arcadia
Fruits and vegetablesApples delicious of Pilafa (PDO)Arcadia
Fruits and vegetablesVanilla beans of Feneos (PGI)Corinthia
Fruits and vegetablesFava of Feneos (PGI)Corinthia
Fruits and vegetables Artichoke Irion (PGI)Argolis
Fruits and vegetables Corinthian raisins (PGI)Achaia
Fruits and vegetables Raisins of Ilia (PGI)Ilia
CheeseFeta (PDO)Messinia, Laconia, Arcadia, Argolis, Ilia, Corinthia, Achaia
CheeseSfela (PDO)Messinia, Laconia
Other animal originsFir honey of Menalo (PDO)Arcadia
Other animal originsPatras (PDO)Achaia
WinePatras (PDO)Achaia
WineNemea (PDO)Corinthia
WineMonembasia-Malvasia (PDO)Laconia
WineMuscat of Patras (PDO)Achaia
WineMuscat of Rio / Patras (PDO)Achaia
WineMavrodaphne of Patras (PDO)Achaia
WineMantinia (PDO)Arcadia
WineArkadia (PDO)Arcadia
WinePeloponnissos (PGI)Peloponnese
WineArgolis (PGI)Argolis
WineAchaia (PGI)Achaia
WineIlia (PGI)Ilia
WineKorinthia (PGI)Corinthia
WineLakonia (PGI)Laconia
WineMessinia (PGI)Messinia
WineKlimenti (PGI)Corinthia
WineLetrina (PGI)Ilia
WinePisatis (PGI)Ilia
WineSlopes of Aegialia (PGI)Achaia
WineSlopes of Petrotou (PGI)Achaia
WinePylia (PGI)Messinia
WineTegea (PGI)Arcadia
WineTriffilia (PGI)Messinia

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