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The Greek Aegean Islands are one of the world’s oldest wine-making regions. Their geographic location between Greece and Egypt made them a great trading hub in the ancient world, their prized wines marketed throughout the empires. The temperate climate, volcanic soils, abundant sunshine and climate moderators from the Aegean all contribute to outstanding grape growing conditions. 

Though wine is produced in some capacity throughout the Aegean island system, the most important wine-making islands are Santorini, Rhodes, Crete and Samos. 
 
The tradition of wine-making on Santorini, a.k.a. Thira, dates back to the Bronze Age. One of the most devastating volcanic eruptions in recorded history happened here around 1650 BC, covering the island in ash, pumice and lava, and destroying Minoan settlements. But in its wake, this contributed to very favorable soils for wine grapes, with some extant old vines that never suffered from Phylloxera. Assyrtiko is the region’s star white Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Aegean Islands View all

  • Athiri

    Athiri is an ancient Greek variety found on the island of Santorini (or Thira as it was known in ancient times.) Athi...

  • Monemvasia

  • Muscat

    History of the grape: Muscat existed as far back as the Ancient Greeks. It spread throughout the world as empires gre...

  • Mandilaria

    Mandilaria is an ancient red grape variety indigenous to Santorini, Greece. It has deep red coloring, medium body and...

  • Assyrtiko

    Assyrtiko is a white Greek wine grape indigenous to the island of Santorini. Assyrtiko is the most widely planted on ...

Subregions of Aegean Islands

  • Santorini

    The tradition of wine-making on the Greek island of Santorini, a.k.a. Thira, dates back to the ...

  • Samos

Popular Wineries in Aegean Islands View all

  • Argyros

    Estate Argyros was established in 1903 by Georgios Argyros, in a 5 acres vineyard located in E...

  • Volcan Wines

    Volcan Wines, founded in 1880 by Grigoris and Dimitris Koutsoyannopoulos, has become known for it...

  • Domaine Sigalas

    The company was founded in 1991, under the name Sigalas Winery Ltd. The winery was initially loca...

  • George Moraitis

    The Moraitis family came to Paros from the Peloponese during the revolution of 1821. In 1970, The...

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  • Santo Wines Assyrtiko Santorini 2014

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    High notes of heat and top notes of pineapple and violet with orange blossom and marmalade. Pleasant minerality and acidity with green apple and lime fruit flavors, some salt brick acidity and minerality graces the finish with white pepper and pear. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Domaine Sigalas Asirtiko-Athiri Santorini 2014

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    Fiery aromas of rich peach and lemon on the nose, a good dose of steely minerality and green apple with an inviting savory and white peppercorn note. Excellent structure is immediately obvious, with well balanced flavors of lemon and melon, firm round fruit and buoying acidity. This is a well crafted selection worthy of attention. In addition to... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Gavalas Winery Santorini 2014

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    Boldly pronounced aromas of dried apricot, lemon and mango with a good dose of heat rolling off the nose as well. Crisp and tart flavors of lemon on entry, coming through the mid palate with explosive acidity highlighting the strong citrus notes. There's also a touch of a wooded note towards the long finish with a whisper of melon rind. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Hatzidakis Santorini 2013

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    Assyrtiko Read More

    Wine review by cindypliska


  • Sigalas Santorini 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Artemis Karamolegos Assyrtiko 2013

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  • Artemis Karamolegos Assyrtiko 2013

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    This smells almost sweet on the nose with lots of baked apple, lemon cream pie aromas over a base of dusty and white peppery minerality. Bright and clear on the palate, the texture here is lovely, tissue thin and fine with plenty of juicy acids and the flavors are nicely detailed if subtle with layers of creamy citrus, citrus pith and quince on ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Santo Wines Santorini Nykteri 2013

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  • Santo Wines Santorini Nykteri 2013

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    Candied and sweetly floral on the nose with a hint of butteriness and a touch f honeycomb along with gentle suggestions of sweet fruit and a hint of a spearmint top note. A touch of gas on the palate lends this a prickle on the tongue. Easy drinking, round and full, this remains well grounded with smoky mineral notes, a hint of saltiness, and fr... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Gavalas Nykteri 2012

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    Wine review by mark


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