Santorini PDO

I’m not sure exactly what made me want to sit down and take a closer look at Santorini, except that it’s an area that I really don’t know all that much about – but would love to. Greek wines do seem to be enjoying a bit of a buzz right now, as many wine enthusiasts look for something “new” and different . . . although Greek wines are hardly new, they’ve been around since the 1600s – BC!

Santorini vines
Some of these “kouloura” trained vines could be hundreds of years old!

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find a large selection of Greek wines in the Seattle suburbs. My store doesn’t carry any (which IMO is ridiculous) and the big box stores were limited as well. I definitely want to expand my palate with other wines from this region – like Mavrotragano (aka “black crunchy”) or Aidani which is supposed to be almost “Viognier-like.”  Looks like I’ll be needing to make a trip to some boutique Seattle cellars in the near future. 🙂

The wine I was able to find was an enjoyable white acid bomb, but I know there’s better representation of the area out there somewhere.

Greek Wine Cellars 2016 Assyrtiko, Santorini. 13% abv. Subtle aromas of citrus, chalk and underripe pear. Light bodied with high acidity and flavors of lemon zest, minerality and an almost herbal/green finish. My teeth were thoroughly squeaky after finishing this wine!

I’ll continue my quest to find some awesome Greek wines, but until then – here’s my outline on Santorini.

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