Greece - Principal Wine Regions - The Island

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Name one of the most famous islands for high quality wines in Greece

Santorini in the Cyclades in the southern part of the Aegean Sea
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Describe Santorini wine region, and the main grape variety

  • In the Aegean see, Cyclades group
  • Volcanic slopes; poor and little water
  • hot climate; vines struggle
  • vines in basket form/bird's nest to protect against strong wines and trapping the dew for water
  • very low yields
  • Tourist industry is a threat for wine business
  • Assyrtiko is main white grape for dry and sweet PDO wines
  • Vissanto / Vinsanto; sweet wine
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Describe the dry and sweet wines of Santorini in Greece

  • PDO for white only
  • Assyrtiko is the grape variety
  • Dry: smoky, honey, toasty
  • Sweet: Vissanto
    • sun-dried late harvest grapes (7-15 days)
    • min 2 years ageing in oak (up to 15 yrs)
    • Oxidation encouraged (barrels not fully filled); raisins, coffee, chocolate
    • High sugar level 200-300g/L
    • High balanced acidity (backbone from Assyrtiko).
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