Showing all 6 results

Assyrtiko is a white wine grape variety primarily associated with the Greek island of Santorini, although it is also cultivated in other parts of Greece and around the world. This grape is renowned for producing high-quality, crisp, and mineral-driven white wines.

Assyrtiko Wine Origin and History

Assyrtiko has a long history in Greece, with some sources suggesting that it has been cultivated for over 2,500 years. Its exact origins are debated, but it is primarily grown on the island of Santorini in the Cyclades archipelago.

Santorini’s unique volcanic soil and climate contribute significantly to the character of Assyrtiko wines. The island’s volcanic soil is rich in minerals, and the vines are often trained into a basket-like shape, called “kouloura,” to protect them from strong winds and intense sunlight.

Assyrtiko Wines Flavour Profile

Assyrtiko wines are known for their vibrant acidity, citrusy and mineral-driven flavours, and a distinct saline note that reflects the proximity of the vineyards to the sea. They often display aromas of lemon, green apple, pear, and sometimes even a hint of smoke.

Assyrtiko can produce a range of wine styles, from bone-dry to sweet. Dry versions are the most common, and they are often enjoyed as crisp, refreshing wines. Some producers also make semi-sweet or sweet wines from Assyrtiko grapes.

High-quality Assyrtiko wines have good ageing potential. They can develop complex flavours and aromas over time, with some examples showing longevity for a decade or more.

Assyrtiko Wines Around the World

Assyrtiko has gained recognition on the international wine stage, with some wine critics and enthusiasts praising it for its unique character and high quality. It has also been used in blends with other grape varieties.

Assyrtiko is now being grown in other parts of Greece, including the mainland and other islands, as well as in various wine regions around the world. These vineyards aim to replicate the unique terroir of Santorini to produce Assyrtiko wines with similar characteristics. For example, we stock a Lebanese Assytiko.