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Aegean Islands Wine

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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...

  • Gavalas

    Our winery is located in Megalochori, and you will get there by walking through a small lit up st...

  • 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...

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Aegean Islands on Snooth

  • Gaia Estate Assyrtiko Santorini Thalassitis 2008

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    Wine review by sepriahi


  • Santorini Koutsoyiannopoulos

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    Winemaker's Notes:Fine white wine made from Assyrtiko grapes cultivated with special care from the family winery. The wine derives from the natural fruit of the grapes without pressing which is called, "anthos." Fresh and fruity and of excellent quality bottled after five months of fermentation. Read More

    Wine review by Constance Chamberlain


  • Gavalas Winery Santorini White Dry 2008

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    Winemaker's notes: Santorini, dry white wine, is produced from the exquisite native varieties of 905 Assyrtiko and Aidani (10%), carefully selected from the traditional vineyard of the island. This vineyard is considered to be the oldest in Greece, it has never been affected by the Phylloxera disease, and the grapes are grown on original stock. ... Read More

    Wine review by Constance Chamberlain


  • Santorini Winery Assyrtico 2007

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    Winemaker's notes: ype: Dry white wine, Santorini Appelation of Origin of High Quality.Varieties: Assyrtiko 100%A traditional and famous wine of Santorini, with high alcohol degree and strong character. In the past, the vineyards used to harvested over matured, and they used to crash the grapes during the night, in traditional wineries (Canaves)... Read More

    Wine review by Constance Chamberlain


  • Domaine Sigalas Assyrtiko White Imported-Greek 2009

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    Wine review by davestar


  • Gaia Estate Thalassitis Santorini 2008

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    Winemaker's Notes:100% AssytikoTasting notes: Bone-dry wine with high acid and balance of flavors of delicate honeysuckle and a crisp, mineral finish. This white wine is of a strong personality that will age beautifully for 3-5 years if ideal storage conditions are provided. Read More

    Wine review by Constance Chamberlain


  • Thalassitis Santorini Gai'A 2008

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    Winemaker's Notes: 100% AssytikoTasting notes: Bone-dry wine with high acid and balance of flavors of delicate honeysuckle and a crisp, mineral finish. This white wine is of a strong personality that will age beautifully for 3-5 years if ideal storage conditions are provided. Read More

    Wine review by Constance Chamberlain


  • Athiri Weiß Sigalas Athiri & Assyrtiko Santorin Sigalas Domaine Diverse Weingüter Griechenland Griechenland 2008

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    Winemaker's Notes:Sigalis Santorini VQPRDAssyrtiko 100%Tasting notes: Straw blonde with light shades of green and a subtle nose of citrus fruit. Excellent structure with a depth of fruit-forward flavor with great minerality and acidity that adds freshness, with a lingering finish. Read More

    Wine review by Constance Chamberlain


  • Moraitico the Island's Wine Red 2006

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    Wine review by gmoraiti


  • Moraitico Epochi White 2009

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    Wine review by gmoraiti


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