But where should you start your journey? There is so much to explore! Here are several of the main grape varieties, along with their profile and their place in the culture.
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If there is one varietal that every wine lover should know, it is certainly Assyrtiko. It grows in a multitude of different regions, but it’s on the volcanic island of Santorini that it reaches exceptional heights.
Wine has been made in Santorini since at least 1,000 B.C. And if the concept of terroir is defined by a sustainable relationship between the grape, the earth, the climate and the people, then few can rival the Assyrtiko of Santorini. The island is full of old vines, in the real sense of the term. While in many regions, old vines are defined as 50 years or older, in Santorini you can find quite a few vine stocks that are easily older than 200.
On the palate, this varietal is much like a sauvignon blanc in several ways, characterized by its acidity and freshness, although much less aromatic and more mineral . . . and with a bit more richness as well.