Santorini Wine

The tradition of wine-making on the Greek island of 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, besides a sizeable caldera smack in the center of the island, it left very favorable soils for wine grapes. Volcanic soil produces wines with balanced acidity, and forces roots to dig deep for moisture, which is helpful in drier months. This soil type also repels Phylloxera, and the island was never afflicted with this terrible blight, which otherwise devastated most of Europe in the late 1800s. The vineyards in Santorini are located mostly at the eastern edge of the caldera, where they are best protected from the elements. Northerly winds known as “meltemia” provide breezes that prevent grapes from developing fungus during periods of excessive heat and humidity. 

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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...

  • Nykteri

  • Aidani

    Aidani is a white variety most commonly found on the island of Santorini. This grape produces pleasantly aromatic win...

  • 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 ...

  • Mavrotragano

    Mavrotragano is an ancient red variety indigenous to Santorini, Greece. The wine is bright red in color and full of f...

Popular Wineries in Santorini View all

  • 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...

  • Argyros

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

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  • Hi Demelza.  That wine of course is Chardonnay, so you can find other ... ... Assyrtiko, which comes from Santorini off Greece, or some Italian grapes like Fiano or Arneis. Those aren't necessarily easy to find in some places but if you're in New York, you're OK. If you're in NYC, try a few places like Astor Wines, Chambers Street, Flatiron or... Read More

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  • "I think that for 90% of the readers of that article who want to buy wine ... follow--hell even their 'Santorini' offering sometimes seems to hint at pine tar even if it's not a retsina, though that's pretty much a function of that volcanic island's terroir. Then head for the mid-range of pungency. Kourtakis is maybe the most widely-distribute... Read More

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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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    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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    Wine review by mark


  • 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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    Wine review by mark


  • Did you know... Vinsanto means Wine from Santorini! (Not Italy!)

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