Assyrtiko is a white grape from the Greek island of Santorini.
Assyrtiko is fresh as a Lemonade.
Citrusy and Volcanic. Floral and Mineral.
Assyrtiko is light and dry with a mineral and crispy acidity:
Assyrtico is very food friendly, especially with grilled fish and seafood.
Mussels. Garlic Prawns. Seafood Antipasti.
Fried White Fish. Sea Bass.
Green Salads with Lemon Acid Vinaigrettes.
Light Seafood Salads with Crab, Shrimps, or Prawns.
Soft Cheese. Feta.
The terroir in Santorini is volcanic and it reflects on the minerality.
Rainfall is scarce and it can be windy and sunny.
To protect the grapes, the Santorinians, had the brilliant idea to create spiral bush vines which grow low, close to the ground, and look like a basket.
This method is called koulara and when the "basket" reaches 75 years of age,
it is cut and a new plant sprouts naturally, producing a harvest within 2-3 years.
The lack of clay and potassium in the soil gives the vines a natural immunity against diseases such Phylloxera.
The mineral profile of Assyrtiko blends well with other grapes like Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon.
Note: The grape is also used to make Vinsanto-like sweet dessert wines.