|Santorini Grapes & Grape
| is one of Greece’s finest multi
purpose white grape varieties.
It was first cultivated on the island of Santorini, where
it has developed a unique character producing excellent
AOC wines. Assyrtiko has the ability to maintain its acidity
as it ripens. It yields a bone-dry wine that has citrus
aromas mixed with an earthy, mineral aftertaste due to
the volcanic soil of Santorini. In the last 25 years Assyrtiko
has been planted throughout Greece including Macedonia
and Attica where it expresses a milder and more fruity
character. Assyrtiko can also be used together with the
aromatic Aidani and Athiri grapes for the production of
the unique, naturally sweet wines called VINSANTO (wine
from SANTOrini), well known since Byzantine times.
| is one of the most ancient
of Greek grape varieties
The name of the grape indicates its origin from the Island
of Santorini, also known as Thira, where it is used together
with Assyrtiko and Aidani for the production of AOC Santorini
wines. Athiri is found in other regions in Greece including
Macedonia, Attica and Rhodes where it produces AOC Rhodes
wines. Athiri grapes have a thin skin and give sweet and
fruity juice. It produces wines slightly aromatic, having
medium alcoholic content with low acidity.
| is another ancient Greek grape
and is mainly found in the Cyclades Islands. It produces
wines pleasantly aromatic with medium alcoholic content
and acidity. It can be successfully mixed with grapes
having a high alcoholic content and acidity such as Assyrtiko.
| Among the varieties richest
in colour, indigenous to the region of the Aegean Sea.
Mandilaria was originally cultivated in the Cyclades Islands,
in Rhodes and Crete.This variety gives the sub line red
wine of Cyclades, more famous in Paros. It is probably
one of the oldest varieties in Greece and many believe
that its roots go back, without historical vacuums, in
antiquity. The wine deriving from this variety has a tart
taste with plenty of tannin. It is mixed with the white
variety Monemvasia or Malvazia.
| Near extinction not long ago,
Mavrotragano is local cultivar on Santorini that is in
the midst of revival by some of that Island's most earnest
producers. Like Cabernet, its bunches contain small grapes.
The variety, because it naturally achieves high sugar
levels, was traditionally used in the production of sweet
wines. Because low yields are inevitable quality is easily