The white wine mark of the island of Santorini: Assyrtiko
What are you going to find in this article?
Assyrtiko It happens to be the white wine by which the island has become known, we could say that it is the purest essence of the island of Santorini inside a bottle.
Just take a small sip of this wine and you in return a refreshing citrus swipe with aromas that come from the smell of the sea and the cliffs surrounding the water.
You're going to feel transported to the Paradise Island of Santorini With each bottle that open, and thanks to the fact that these wines are still at a good price in the market, you will find the best for About twenty dollars, much cheaper than a plane ticket!
A bit of wine history of Santorini
Maybe the Assyrtiko From Santorini you seem to many of you something completely new but you have to bear in mind that the origin of the wine culture on the island of Santorini comes from ancient times. During the rule of the Venetians between the 14th and 16th centuries, Santorini produced even some of the most valuable wines in Europe. And then, as with all things, the Assyrtiko ceased to be fashionable and the wine of Santorini disappeared from the map for a couple of hundred years, while its neighbors in Italy, France and Spain increased their credit for wine.
It is along the twentieth century when Greek wines begin to introduce in the American market due to the large amount of Immigration that came to the United States And they opened up a fair amount of restaurants throughout the country. Unfortunately, the taste of these wines were relatively similar to one that was already known in the country, the Retsina, a traditional wine aromatized with pine resin that for some was delicious but for the vast majority was unpleasant. This resemblance caused the Greek wines to be labelled as bad. In the meantime, the Wineries in Santorini continued to grow and produce a great wine (Assyrtiko) Thanks to its grapes bred in volcanic soil.
How are the vines growing and evolving in volcanic soil?
One of the most amazing things to see when you visit a winery in Santorini is the way the vines grow. Unlike most wineries around the world, where vines grow in rows, in Santorini, the Vines grow in tight clusters, near the earth along the rocks, as if they sought refuge from the heavy gusts of sea air. It is this sea air, along with the soil rich in volcanic ash, which imparts the refreshing acidity by which wine has become so famous. Many believe that it is this volcanic ash that allows grapes grown in Santorini to preserve their acidity, even when they are completely ripe.
List of the best wineries in Santorini
The family owns Estate Argryos It has been producing wine on the island of Santorini for over a century. You cannot visit the vineyard without making a stop (obligatory) in the small room of Wine Cellar Tasting, which is where Matthew (winemaker of the 4th generation of the family), also mixes the wines. Although today the wines of estate Agryos can be found in almost any part of the world, enjoying a wine tasting in this winery will leave you feeling that each wine is treated as if it were produced exclusively for the inhabitants of the island.
The Largest winery on the island, Santo wines It is a cooperative winery that is made up of 2,500 producers who deliver their grape harvests, no matter if they are large or small, to the winery every fall and then become the many wines they create. The winery is located very close to the port which means it is easy to find a Lot of tourist buses Due to the number of cruise ships passing through the island, the recommendation is to go through the winery or at the first hour of the day or at the last minute of the day to avoid unnecessary queues. The Go to last minute It has the advantage that enjoy of the sunset thanks to the good location that has the winery inside the island.
With so Only twenty years old, Domaine Segales is one of the youngest wineries in the whole island, but still, they begin to gain acclaim within the international scene. Of all the wines they produce, probably The most famous is the Assyrtiko fermented in oak barrel, which makes it worthwhile to go to the location of this winery.
You can't beat a Winery that is built directly on the beach, which is exactly where you're going to find Gaia's cellar. Like the previous one, it is also a quite young winery for an island that has a history so rich in wine production, but have managed to consolidate its name not only as one of the main producers of the island, but also as one of its most Experienced because of the "wild" fermentation of their Assyrtiko. The "Wild" is because instead of adding yeast to the grape juice to start the process of fermentation, allow the yeast that occurs naturally in the environment to enter the mixture and ferment the wine, making each lot of wine is something different.
Apart from operating as a winery, Art Space also works as a wine museum on the island of Santorini and is the ideal place to learn how wine has been produced for decades on the island. In addition to producing Assyrtiko, Art Space also manufactures Vinsanto, a sweet dessert-oriented wine that originates from drying the freshly picked grapes, obtaining a very sugary elixir, perfect to accompany the dessert of a meal.