Assyrtiko

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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  • 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


  • I’m often asked what my favorite wines are. Just today I was asked what ... ... light and crisp like Assyrtiko from Santorini in Greece, Vinho Verde from Portugal, or Vernacchia or Orvieto from Italy.” All great choices and certainly more than appropriate but when I really stop and think about it not only would I reach for a pinot Blanc, but ... Read More

    From the article Pinot Blanc, Pinot Bianco, Weissburgunder.


  • We've had great success with our series of wine recommendations from some ... rewarded.White: Santo Wines Assyrtiko.  Forget everything you’ve heard about Greek wines, and enjoy this delicate and wine from a volcanic island.  Elements of honey and green apple with perfect acidity and a gorgeous nose.  Rose: Chateau d’Esclans Whispering Angel R... Read More

    From the article Getting to know: Ben Carter


  • 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


  • Someone had to mention Abacela if he's thinking about Spanish grapes in ... furmint or rkatsiteli, or assyrtiko, you'd get my attention... even leanyka or kiralyleanyka--I've had some good wines with those.  But Auxerrois? BTW, selling out of your rose wine the first time you open the door sounds like a good problem to hav Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oregon's Smallest


  • Hi, I'm Tom Vail.  With my wife Marion, we grow pinot noir and pinot gris in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA.  Our label is Calamity Hill Vineyard and Farm.  We produce fewer than 100 cases of pinot noir and 50 cases of pinot gris each vintage.  Our tasting room is only open Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends and this year on the weekend prior to Than... Read More

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  • 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


  • I was planning on tasting these wines during the dog days of August, which ... ... fruit and mineral flavors of Assyrtiko.  During the past few months as I’ve been tracking the weather on Santorini it has been undeniably beautiful with a virtually unbroken string of sunny days. That is what we tend to think of when we think of Santorini, and b... Read More

    From the article The White Wines of Santorini.


  • Ignoring the tasting arrangements for the moment (though these are very ... ... ... need some thought.  Assyrtiko, anyon Read More

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