Greece is one of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world. The earliest evidence of Greek wine has been dated to 6,500 years ago where wine was produced on a household or communal basis. In ancient times, as trade in wine became extensive, it was transported from end to end of the Mediterranean; Greek wine had especially high prestige in Italy under the Roman Empire. In the medieval period, wines exported from Crete, Monemvasia and other Greek ports fetched high prices in northern Europe.
- Item #: i_372573Bottle Size: 750mlWINE & SPIRITS 90 POINTS “This is Matthew Argyros’s flagship Santorini, a cuvee of old-vine fruit gently pressed, then aged for a short time on the lees. It’s steely and lean, the clarity of the chalky flavors giving it an electric feel. It lasts, shimmering with minerality, as white as Santorini’s chalk caves, redolent with salinity.”
The Argyros winery's estate vineyards are located primarily in Episkopi and Pyrgos, prime locations for Assyrtiko. The ungrafted vines range in age from 30 to over 150 years. The volcanic soil is naturally immune to many vineyard pests. The vines are trained into the traditional basket-shaped bowls. Estate Argyros practices sustainable viticulture. They use composted grape must as fertilizer and use mules to plow the vineyards.
Assyrtiko is a grape variety native to Santorini and considered by many to be the finest Greek white grape. Decanter praises this fascinating grape variety's 's aromas of "sea shells, pungent lemon zest, white flowers, volcanic ash and salt notes." In the mouth they found this very dry wine "mouthfilling and complex with lingering intensity."