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Assyrtiko - White
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.

Athiri - White
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.

Aidani - White
is another ancient Greek grape variety
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.

Mandilaria - Red
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.

Mavrotragano - Red
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 maximized.

Athiri Grape Assyrtiko Grape

Mandilaria Grape Aidani Grape

Nykteri & Mandilaria Wine

Dry Red & White Wine


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