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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  • Nykteri

  • Mavrotragano

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

  • Assyrtiko

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

  • Athiri

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

  • 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...

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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...

  • Gavalas

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

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  • Think Fox'll be posting something here later, but for the time being these ... de BlancsMcLaren Vale FianoSantorini Assyrtiko2010 Copain Kiser En Bas2010 Domaine Tortochot M-S-D2008 Wind Gap Nebbiolo Luna Matta & Glenn Rose2008 Sottimano Barbaresco Riserva2006 Giuseppe Cortese Barbaresco Rabaja2008 Wind Gap Syrah Sonoma Coast2011 Big Table Far... Read More

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  • There will be a gradual increase in volume - depending on the course of climate ...  Think the island of Santorini... tiny production, generally high quality and actually, quite reasonable prices (because unknown to all but we few). Read More

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  • That would have to be transparent, colorless crystal, right? The kind that ... ... ... or Cretan kylix shapes (Santorini isn't usually mentioned in the wine context back then)?  ;-)I do think the black and orange color scheme of the pottery the wealthy folk used would work well with deep (or lighter, depending on how diluted) purple wines, es... Read More

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  • Gavalas Winery Assyrtiko Santorini 2015


    Enjoyed with past - very nice wine, but a bit expansive. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS

  • Our Balkan wine tasting party was a success tonight.  One wine was duplicated, the Greek Santorini.  Everyone had a good time.  We learned more about these wines and the red from Bulgaria was determined to be the best of the batch.  One wine was a mistake - a wine from Lebanon.  Oh well, you live and learn.Oh, Sandra knitted the 'pussy hats'.  W... Read More

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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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  • Santo Wines Assyrtiko Santorini 2014


    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


    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


    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

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

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