Assyrtiko [ A seer' tee ko ]
Assyrtiko is one of Greece’s finest multi-purpose white grape varietal. It was first cultivated on the island of Santorini, where it has developed a unique character producing excellent PDO wines. Assyrtiko has the ability to maintain its acidity as it ripens. It yields a bone-dry wine that has citrus aromas mixed with an earthy, mineral aftertaste due to the volcanic soil of Santorini. In the last 25 years Assyrtiko has been planted throughout Greece including Macedonia and Attica where it expresses a milder and more fruity character. Assyrtiko can also be used together with the aromatic Aidani and Athiri grapes for the production of the unique, naturally sweet wines called Vinsanto.