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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  • Athiri

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

  • Mandilaria

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

  • Muscat

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

  • 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

Popular Wineries in Aegean Islands View all

  • 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...

  • 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...

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