Sunsational Santorini

On the unlikely origin of Assyrtiko


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Sunsational Santorini Is there anything normal about the wines of Santorini? Don’t count on it. This black crescent of an island set against the blue Aegean and dotted with white outcroppings of life seems an unlikely place to live, much less grow grapes, but grow grapes they do and have been doing for centuries.

With a long viticultural history to back them, the current crop of Santorini winemakers (a small crop at that with 10 wineries) is determined to fulfill the promise of this desert island. Yes, in addition to being hot and very windy, the island is also basically a desert with vines that lay about on the ground like so many exasperated baskets, frustrated by their inability to do what vines do, and that means grow up.

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  • Snooth User: ledavis4
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    Enjoyed their wines, but it was really the gorgeous sunset paired with the wine that made the experience!

    Jul 26, 2011 at 12:50 PM

  • Snooth User: Leah Mansback
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    These wines are great and unlike any I have ever tasted. Thank you for writing about Greek wines!

    Jul 26, 2011 at 1:35 PM

  • Snooth User: Sheiky
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    Not sure about the reds but the sweet Vinsanto is good.
    The whites are not bad either, but agree its the atmosphere which makes a visit to these vinyards a must!

    Jul 26, 2011 at 4:03 PM

  • Snooth User: gathanas
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    well done. you really captured the essence of this strange and wonderful place

    Jul 26, 2011 at 4:22 PM

  • We tasted some really interesting wines at one of the few wineries in Santorini. We were sitting in the shade of a large fig tree. I reached up, picked a fig and ate it on the spot! I recall the whites being very good and the reds not as good. But the overall experience was unforgettable.

    Jul 26, 2011 at 5:07 PM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    I'll be adding the tasting notes to the site soon. The white, Assyrtiko in particular are outstanding, the Vinsanto very good indeed, but the reds are a rough mix that need work!

    Jul 26, 2011 at 10:37 PM

  • Snooth User: Eva Smith
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    Finally what about another island much bigger than Santorini that has absdolutely fantastic wines Crete? ...

    Jul 27, 2011 at 7:06 AM

  • Snooth User: cywiner
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    Mr Piaz, the whites from Santorini are indeed magical as is their sunset...and Vinsanto is an excellent sweet wine nearly as good as the unique Commandaria from Cyprus. Santorini as you point out has an ancient history in wine making and is the oldest vinyard in Europe. A much bigger Mediterranean island with ancient wine making history which boasts excellent wines is Cyprus! Try them... Thanks for a great article.

    Jul 27, 2011 at 12:30 PM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    Crete and Cyprus eh? I'll add them to my list. I've certainly has wines from both but not in significant quantities.

    Jul 27, 2011 at 1:11 PM

  • These are deliciously looking wines you have here. Great articles

    Aug 03, 2011 at 3:06 AM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    We try, and there's more on the way as I write up the individual winery visits!

    Aug 03, 2011 at 7:22 PM

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