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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  • Nychteri Boutari Aoc Santorini 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Gavalas is a family winery on Santorini making wine on the island since the end ... Well, when compared with Assyrtiko perhaps, but this blend of the indigenous Katsano and Gaidouria grapes (two of perhaps 30 little known grapes that compete with Assyrtiko, Adaini and Athiri for attention on Santorini) still present some of the mineral and ... Read More

    From the article Visiting Gavalas


  • Gavalas Vinsanto 2004

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    10% 300 grams/liter RS Lightly spiced and honied on the nose with notes of gingerbread, dried meat, pruny fruit and pine needles. Bright and clear on entry with a terpene rich entry followed by some dusty tannins that parry the modest sweetness on the palate. The flavors tend to the orange end of the spectrum with a long, clear finish that show... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Iris Rose 2010

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    A blend of 90% Assyrtiko and 10% Mandilaria Smells a bit dominated by sulfur. SO2 shows heavily o the palate as well but given time this reveals a nice crisp, focused character with a touch of crisp tannin that supports lightly jammy, slightly smoky strawberry fruit. This is cleansing and refreshing and the fruit is nicely covering the structur... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Gavalas Nykteri 2009

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    2009 Nikteri 14% - Fairly woody on the nose with dried fruit aromas, particularly dried pineapple and plenty of ginger from the oak. A touch of tannin up front gives way to a leading edge of wood induced sweetness which helps add depth to the fruit on entry but the backend turns too woody and those tannins pop back out. There is some wood spice... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Gavalas Winery Santorini White Dry 2010

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    2010 Santorini 13% 95% Assyrtiko, this has a sweet citrus element on the nose with an edge of burnt sugar and some smoky, dusty concrete tones on the nose. Lots of mineral charter in the mouth compliments subtle notes of mint, dried apricot, and even a touch of caramel with sweet peach nectar notes emerging on the short finish which is a touch ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Gavalas Katsano 2010

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    2010 Katsano 13% According to the Mr. Gavalas this is a balcony wine. Well ... ... Well when compared with Assyrtiko perhaps, but this blend of the indigenous Katsano and Gaidouria grapes (2 of perhaps 30 little known grapes that compete with Assyrtiko, Adaini and Athiri for attention on Santorini) still present some of the mineral and acid... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Domaine Sigalas Assyrtiko White Imported-Greek 2009

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    Wine review by gkalemanis


  • Gaia Estate Assyrtiko Santorini Thalassitis 2009

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    Wine review by pjagator


  • Domaine Sigalas Assyrtiko White Imported-Greek 2009

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    Not a strong nose but a hint of tropical fruits. Smooth medium body and mouth feel with pineapple and mineral blended well with balanced acidity. An oak background; fleeting yet pleasant finish. Read More

    Wine review by tabednar


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