DAY TRIP TO ANCIENT CORINTH & NEMEA VINYARDS
The Consular Corps in Greece which consists of Diplomats and Honorary Consuls of foreign countries, organized another successful event on Saturday, 29th March, 2014. The event was a one-day trip to Nemea and Ancient Corinth. The 50 participants enjoyed a special tour with Prof. Dr. Stephen G. Miller (head of the excavations of Ancient Nemea) to the museum and the archaeological sites of the area. The participants were warmly welcomed by the Mayor of Nemea Mr. Evangelos Andrianakos. The Mayor briefed on the development and cooperation programs of the Municipality aiming to increase tourism in the Region as well as investors in the production of wines. A guided tour followed to Papaioannou Winery. The family has private owned vineyards in various locations of Nemea where chosen grape varieties are cultivated with the aim to achieve ultimate harmony with the eco system. The group had the opportunity to browse and learn the secrets of winemaking as explained by Mr. George Papaioannou who kindly offered appetizers and plenty of wine to the members of the Consular Corps.A visit of Ancient Corinth followed, where the participants were welcomed by the Mayor of Corinth Mr. Alexandros Pneumatikos, who pointed out that Greece is a unique destination all year round as it combines natural beauties, variety of landscape as well as cultural and archeological treasures. Illustrated books and brochures of Corinth and Nemea were offered to all participants. The Department of Trade and Tourism of the Region extended excellent hospitality and guidance and participants expressed their commitment to promote these beautiful historic towns. The trip concluded in Diolkos at the entrance of the Corinth Canal, after visiting the olive oil processing and packaging plant of the Union of Agricultural Cooperatives of Korinthia. All participants left with the best impressions. A delicious traditional lunch with Greek delicacies was extended, specially prepared for the group, at "Gemelos" local tavern, enjoying simultaneously the outstanding view of Ancient Corinth. The members of the Consular Corps in Greece highly appreciated the opportunity to visit those beautiful towns of Greece, to develop bonds of friendship among other diplomats and Honorary Consuls and to experience Filoxenía, the famous Greek hospitality.
A memorable excursion was completed with very encouraging comments from all participants.