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...

  • Mandilaria

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

  • Aidani

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

  • Nykteri

  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Domaine Sigalas

    The company was founded in 1991, under the name Sigalas Winery Ltd. The winery was initially loca...

  • Volcan Wines

    Volcan Wines, founded in 1880 by Grigoris and Dimitris Koutsoyannopoulos, has become known for it...

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  • Hatzidakis Santorini 2013

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    Wine review by cindypliska


  • 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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    Candied and sweetly floral on the nose with a hint of butteriness and a touch f honeycomb along with gentle suggestions of sweet fruit and a hint of a spearmint top note. A touch of gas on the palate lends this a prickle on the tongue. Easy drinking, round and full, this remains well grounded with smoky mineral notes, a hint of saltiness, and fr... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Gavalas Nykteri 2012

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    Earthy with the wood from barrel ageing immediately apparent on the nose. Its well integrated adding resiny, sweet and smoky nuances to the nose but obvious and slightly more pronounced than the ripe pear and green floral notes that emerge in the glass. Lovely and bright on entry, this has a little weight and just a touch of roundness and creami... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Sigalas Santorini 2013

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    Dusty on the nose with decidedly volcanic soil aromas, steely white fruits, a hint of something vaguely celery like, more like cardoon and some dried citrus pith notes. Broad on entry, and rather elegant, this is chiseled in the mouth with great salinity and savoriness up front followed by hints of white peach, lime pith and a faint red apple no... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Hatzidakis Santorini 2013

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    Hugely salty and mineral on the nose right out of the bottle with slow to emerge aromas of lightly melony and orange rind tinged fruit. this gains a hint of apricot with additional air but never loses its piercing seabreeze and salty notes. This is rich yet cutting in the mouth. A real wow wine with terrific energy even though there is substant... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Spyros Hatziyiannis Assyrtiko Santorini 2008

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    Took a chance and bought this on sale/close out. I know this wine is supposed to be a bit darker and bigger than a normal white wine and slightly oxidized but this one was rusty orange and had a distinct port nose and flavor, little to no acidity or fruit. Way passed its prime - lesson learned. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Domaine Sigalas Assyrtiko White Imported-Greek 2009

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    Drink this young. Read More

    Wine review by sarahco


  • Gavalas Santorini 2012

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    ~ Editor's Choice ~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 cl... Read More

    Wine review by BRUNOHOEPERS


  • Gaia Estate Assyrtiko Wild Ferment 2012

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    Very interesting wine with a lot going on. At first the oak dominated on the nose so I was sure how I felt about it but after awhile the oak tames and you get a lot of mineral and citrus fruits. Very acidic, relatively long finish. Read More

    Wine review by lshelle004


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

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