Assyrtiko, 2018, Santo Wines, Santorini
We like to think of this Assyrtiko as the Chablis of the Med. There are loads of fresh lemony flavours and a steely acidity as often found in Chablis, but here, you can almost taste the sea breeze through a lovely saline streak.
About this wine
Whilst Santorini is best known for being an incredible tourist destination, it's wine making prowess is also noteworthy. For this wine, everything is done by hand. The vintners have invented a distinct way of pruning the vines, called “kouloura”. The vines stay close to the ground and form a spiral, a natural basket that hosts the grapes and protects them from the strong winds of the island. The vineyard has a history going back over 3,500 years and boasts itself as a World Heritage site.
Crisp and clean thanks to its minerality from the volcanic soils of the island, there is a lovely rounded and silky mouthfeel from the warmer climate here in the southern corner of the Med. Ripe citrus bursts from the glass, making this the perfect wine with calamari! This wine is also vegan.
What Makes It So Grape?
Produced in Santorini, Greece
Santo Wines is a cooperative of many different wine makers, and is known as The Union of Santorini Cooperatives. It was founded in 1947, and today consists of 1200 active members. Santo Wines is committed to safeguarding the local traditional cultivations , producing highest quality Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) Santorini wines and products as well as promoting sustainable agricultural development.
Santorini is a Greek island in the southern Aegean Sea, 70 miles (113km) north of Crete. Geologically, the island is all that remains of an ancient volcanic cone, whose eruption created the cliffs and lagoon around which the Santorini tourist trade thrives. Although it also produces red wines from Mandilaria and Mavrotragano, the island is best known for its crisp, dry whites and sweet vinsanto, both of which are based on the island’s flagship grape variety, Assyrtiko.