Ask Sid: What grapes are used for white wines in Santorini?

August 18th, 2021
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Question: I like the crisp white wines from Santorini . What grapes are used?

Answer: Those volcanic soils on Santorini in Greece are providing some interesting unique wines. The most planted variety in Santorini is Assyrtiko. However remember the 3 A’s used there for whites:

ASSYRTIKO: Minimum of 75% in white blends. Very high acidity + minerality. Structure. Ages well changing in style from early Chablis-like to more dry Riesling-like.

AIDANI: Maximum of 25%. Lower acidity softener with some floral elegance.

ATHIRI: Maximum of 25%. Lower acidity showing delicate aromatics of citrus fruits plus softer textures. Most planted variety in Rhodes and used also for Sparkling.

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