I have been to Nemea many times in the olden/golden days after the grape harvest in September to pick up great barrels of grape juice for K's wine. I have also visited the remains of the temple to Zeus with visitors and it is one of my favourite ruins. There are impressive temple columns still standing and a museum better than most.
The columns of the temple of Zeus
Nemea today is better known for its great wineries. We always bought our grape juice from the smaller suppliers but one year we visited some of the bigger outfits to see if we could do some wine tasting. No such luck ten years ago but wine tasting and grape festivals are now becoming the fashion and you can visit a few of the wineries. The 'Great Days of Nemea' wine festival is held in late August before the September grape harvest. This includes a 10k run through the vineyards, wine tasting and theatre.
We used to load up the boot and back seat of the car with 100 litre plastic barrels and bring home juice which had started to ferment for red and white wine. This was then decanted into K's wooden barrels throughly cleaned and sterilised.
On the way home we would always stop at a small taverna down by the river and try some of the local goat and a litre of their own red wine. In days gone by. K did not make any wine this year and in the last couple of years he has only put up 100 litres of local white from the grapes of our neighbour Vaso.