The White Wines of Santorini.

Unique and distinctive wines that let you bring a little taste of Santorini home.


I was planning on tasting these wines during the dog days of August, which never came not that I was in any shape to be tasting wines during them but that is another story. Fortunately for us summer seems intent on lingering a bit, so we can still enjoy the sun when we take our late afternoon snacks of grilled octopus and spicy shrimp on the patio. That of course is where the white wines of Santorini really shine, as a foil for simple yet decisively flavored foods. The char of the grill or the pungent flavors of lemon and mint can provide the perfect backdrop for the fruit and mineral flavors of Assyrtiko.
During the past few months as I’ve been tracking the weather on Santorini it has been undeniably beautiful with a virtually unbroken string of sunny days. That is what we tend to think of when we think of Santorini, and by association its white wines, and while that octopus on the patio sounds fantastic right about now, the truth is that these wines have their place year round, particularly when they see a little age on them or extended oak ageing.  Having said that, a young bottle of Assyrtiko has such energy in the mouth, clarity and vibrancy that I can’t imagine not wanting to drink some year round. Try a bottle of the Gavalas Santorini  or Sigalas Assyrtiko and see what these wines are really all about!

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Top White Wines from Santorini tasted 8/2013

Gavalas Santorini (2012)
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Domaine Sigalas Aa Formerly Assyrtiko/Athiri (2012)
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Boutari Assyrtiko Santorini (2012)
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Artemis Karamolegos (2012)
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Domaine Hatzidakis Assyrtiko de Mylos Vielles Vignes (2011)
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  • All of these are fine wines, but for my money you can't beat Gaia Assyrtiko Wild Ferment 2012. It is simply stunning.

    Sep 24, 2013 at 6:29 PM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    Good call. I haven't tasted a bottle for a couple of years but that is one convincing bottle of Assyrtiko.

    Sep 24, 2013 at 6:45 PM

  • Snooth User: Bo Janes
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    I agree. Gaia Wild Ferment Assyrtiko is legit.

    Sep 24, 2013 at 8:01 PM

  • I am glad people talk about the Wild Ferment here. I saw the list and thought, the Gaia Wild Ferment is missing. Good to know i am not the only one.

    Sep 24, 2013 at 9:28 PM

  • Since I am a Greek wine professional myself and--in addition to this--I have met Gregory at numerous international wine occasions in Europe,I have difficulties to express my personal preferences.Therefore,I will only make two additions.....#1.Sigalas "Kavalieros" vineyard,a bit expensive but what an awesome expression of dense minerality,packed with flavor-zingy acidity and aging potential.Plus,"Athina" 2011 (the young lady's-Athina Tsoli-own wine.She is the one who now makes the wine at Karamolengos),a fabulous expression of Santorini Assyrtiko.Just extraordinary

    Sep 25, 2013 at 2:05 AM

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