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Assyrtiko (pronounce: A seer' tee ko) is one of Greece's signature white wine grape varieties, used for both dry and sweet wine. It was first planted on the island of Santorini where it yields a bone-dry, steely wine that has deliciously concentrated citrus aromas mixed with an earthy, mineral aftertaste evocative of the volcanic soil of Santorini.

Uniquely, the vines are cultivated in low basket shaped crowns, pinned to the ground, for protection from the often fierce winds dominating the climate in Santorini. Coming off the sea, the nocturnal fog brings much needed water to the vines during the dry, hot summer season and this, coupled with the cooling northerly winds provide the right growing conditions for the grape to thrive.

Assyrtiko is highly resistant to most grape diseases and this partly explains why it been widely re-planted throughout appellations in Greece.

Owing to its pronounced mineral profile, Assyrtiko stands up well for blending with grapes such as Sauvignon blanc, Sémillon and the indigenous Greek white grape Malagousia.

These are wines to be enjoyed young or aged; the ideal complement to delicate dishes, fish, seafood and, surprisingly, even grilled meat dishes.

More famously, Assyrtiko is paired with the aromatic Aidani and Athiri white grapes for the production of a distinctive, naturally sweet wine called Vinsanto (derivative of the name Santorini), known since the Byzantine times.

Vinsanto can be naturally sweet or fortified and must be barrel-aged for a minimum of 2 years. The opulently sweet Vinsantos display a deep amber colour, a thrilling nose of crème brûlée’, chocolate and dried apricots and a palate of dates and dried figs.

 

Château Oumsiyat Cuvée Membliarus Assyrtico 2018

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Lyrarakis Vóila Assyrtiko 2018

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Gaia Nōtios White 2018

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Thymiopoulos Vineyards Malagouzia & Assyrtiko 2018

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Ktima Gerovassiliou Estate White 2019

From £16.50 - per bottle
The Ktima Gerovassiliou Estate White is a pioneering, award winning, white wine blend... Read More...
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Jim Barry Assyrtiko 2018

From £19.95 - per bottle
The Assyrtiko vines were first planted in 2012 in the Lodge Hill vineyard... Read More...
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Ktima Biblia Chora Estate White 2018

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The Ktima Biblia Chora Estate White is the result of marrying the cosmopolitan... Read More...
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Gaia Assyrtiko Thalassitis 2018

From £26.95 - per bottle
Gaia's Thalassitis ("Originating from the Sea" in Greek) is produced from Santorini's indigenous... Read More...
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Ktima Biblia Chora Ovilos White 2018

From £28.00 - per bottle
The Ktima Biblia Chora Ovilos White is the result of combining two excellent... Read More...
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Gaia Assyrtiko Wild Ferment 2018

From £31.00 - per bottle
Gaia's Assyrtiko (Ah-SEER-tee-koe) vineyard is located in Santorini, where the terroir is recognised... Read More...
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T-Oinos Clos Stegasta Assyrtiko 2017

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The iconic T-Oinos Clos Stegasta Assyrtiko is sourced from the organically farmed Clos... Read More...
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