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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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  • 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...

  • Athiri

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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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

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  • 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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  • Artemis Karamolegos 2012

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    Minty and floral on the nose with green tea accent notes helping to frame the core of almost jammy and yet unripe apples with a hint of strawberry like red fruit to it. This is the middle of the road. Everything is in balance with solid acidity, round apply fruit, good minerality but the wine feels safe right through to the mineral laced yet som... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Spyros Hatziyiannis Assyrtiko Santorini 2011

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    Preserved lemons, lemon verbena, flowers and a sweet, nutty base note greets the nose. A bit softer than most whites from Santorini, this does show of a nice white minerality in the mouth but it lacks some height in the mouth and intensity of flavors. A bit of lime, a bit of mineral, a bit of herb, attractive flavors are here but they dont knit ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Boutari Assyrtiko Santorini Kallisti 2007

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    Deep and golden in color. This smells predominantly of old wood with fair underlying complexity of dried fruits, dried flowers, spearmint. honey comb and toasted almond. Smooth, with integrated acidity, this does have a lovely texture with flavors that have faded somewhat with time yet remain well balanced and moderately fresh. Theres a touch of... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Boutari Santorini White 2011

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    Dry and a bit stony on the nose this shows a bit of a woody accent and a little hint of the sweetness of oxidation wrapped up in aromas of sweet gum and beeswax. Supple, low and elegant in the mouth, theres a softness here that benefits from the modest richness of this wine. Very easy drinking, if a bit short on the finish, this delivers modest ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Santo Wines Assyrtiko 2012

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    Lovely on the nose and fairly fruit with hints of apricot and quince under a sheen of sapwood framed lime with just a pinch of dusty minerality as a top note. That friendly, fruity character on the nose translates to the palate as well where this is fairly fruity, though not lacking in either acidity or minerality. Zesty and bright, this finishe... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Domaine Sigalas Assyrtiko Santorini 2012

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    Subtle and complex on the nose with a fine blend of floral, dusty mineral and orchard fruit aromas. With excellent focus this enters the mouth broad and firm delivering layers of polleny floral, pithy citrus and minerally flavors that show excellent depth on the palate. This is at once lean and somewhat rich on the citrus, melon and faintly fig ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Gavalas Santorini 2012

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    Tight on the nose with a fine blend of mineral and subtle sage like aromas. Juicy on entry, this hits the palate with admirably purity and liveliness showing off very clear and tense flavors of dusty dry earth, yellow fruits, and a faint hint of yellow tomato that picks up where the sage on the nose leaves off. I really the clarity this shows on... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Greek Wine Cellars Santorini 2012

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    Pretty surprising. I was expecting a very stark, crisp wine. The first sip made me think of a California Chardonnay. Fortunately, that first impression faded. There is an oaky/vanilla hint at first, but it quickly passes and I get some peachy, lemony acid that make me feel this will be a good seafood accompaniment, tonight. US$11.68 at Tota... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Gaia Estate Assyrtiko Wild Ferment 2012

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    Didn't like. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Argyros Atlantis Santorini 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by gntop1


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