Assyrtiko is a white Greek wine grape indigenous to the island of Santorini. Assyrtiko is the most widely planted on Santorini, an island known forarid volcanic-ash-rich soils, harsh winds and hot temperatures. 

Santorini is a classified region of Europe under PDO Santorini. They island is known for it's Santori wine made of 100% Assyrtiko, Nykteri wines made of 75% or more Assyrtiko and the remaining percentage deriving from Aidani and Athiri and the sweet Vinsanto made up of 51%+ Assyrtiko with the remaning percentage deriving from Aidani and Athiri as well as other local varieties. Assyrtiko is often referred to as a white wine with a red wine's character due to it's full body and weight. Assyrtiko is a large-clustered, thin-skinned white grape that can be vinified dry to sweet. Dry wines are generally intensely mineral, high acid, full of citrus making this perfect company for a variety of foods, particularly grilled seafoods.

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  • Re-Posted by Sonata Wine:Greek wines Rule!OK, let's start with Santorini.  ... here are made from the white Assyrtiko varietal (at least 75% by law).  The vines are grown close to the ground in a manner more reminiscent of crowns or baskets, and the grapes are grown inside, with the outer "basket" protecting the fruit from the high winds.Des... Read More

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  • Our company is called Sonata Wine, and we import wine from all over Greece to the United States. Our company's mission is to educate the American wine community about the incredible complexity of the Greek wine world, and why the wines being produced there are a story that must be told.  Though Greek wines have sometimes been negatively sti... Read More

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  • Volcan Wines Kamaritis 2001


    Made it a secret recipe belonging to the families great-grandfather, this sweet wine is produced in absolutely limited numbers. For this reason it is not found on sale outside the winery. It is aged for ten years in oak barrels before bottling. Read More

    Wine review by tabednar

  • Volcan Wines Vinsanto 2008


    Heavy mouth feel with the constancy of syrup. Sun dried 14 days and aged 2-4 years in oak barrels giving a strong full-oak taste. It has an intense reddish brown color. It has the intense aromas of coffee, caramel, dried fruit, jam, raisins and dried nuts. It is very sweet on the palate with an acidity that keeps everything in balance. Read More

    Wine review by tabednar

  • Volcan Wines Abelones Koutsoyannopoulos 2009


    Fruity aroma with a fresh fruit taste that is full, yet soft. A velvety mouth feel that leads in to a nice oak finish. Slightly unbalanced acidity attributed to the volcanic rock that the soil is composed of. Read More

    Wine review by tabednar

  • Volcan Wines Assyrtiko Santorini Koutsoyannopoulos 2009


    In the top 100 wines of 2009 in Wine Spectator comes from this small island in Greece. Tasted this after touring the wine museum that is located on the winery property. A bit acidic from the volcanic earth the the grapes are grown in but becomes sweeter and has a delicious finish. Worth going to the winery if you every find yourself in these par... Read More

    Wine review by tabednar

  • I've been powering through wines from Spain, South Africa, and Chile. I've got say that of all of them the Carmeneres ahve been the most surpring. You've got to like a bit of herbaceousness in your wines, which I do, but in general they were some really distinctive and intresting wines. For summer the Rose season is apon us but I have yet to be ... Read More

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  • Biblia Chora White Blend Areti White 2009


    floral and fruit on the tongue with an almost buttery finish. Read More

    Wine review by heathbodell

  • Domaine Gerovassiliou White Blend Epanomi Malagousia/Assyrtiko 2009


    Powerful nose filled with fruit, flowers, citrus oil and maybe even a bit of funk(?). This wine is fresh and lovely with a nice mineral edge. Read More

    Wine review by Hana Choi

  • Biblia Chora White Blend Areti White 2009


    Super floral perfume greets the nose. Hint of apple, ends with a nice savory mineral finish (the sea!). Read More

    Wine review by Hana Choi

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