The Argyros family has been making wine on Santorini since 1903. Yiannis Argyros took over the winery in 1974 and has worked hard to ensure that the quality of the fruit is as good as possible. Argyros is especially highly regarded for vinsanto and dry white both made from Assyrtiko.
After 20 years in barrel this wine is intensely complex, silky and almost savoury. It reminds me of a cognac in terms of its flavour profile and it is probably best served on its own so you can appreciate the nuances, of which there are many. All wine lovers should try a wine with this level of complexity.
Vinsanto – Originating on Santorini (the island used to be called Santo Erini and that is where the ‘santo’ part of the name comes from). It involves sun drying grapes in this case Assyrtiko, Aidani and Athiri and making them into a sweet wine then aging for no less than 24 months in oak.
Santorini – Part of the island complex of Cyclades located in the South Aegean. The viticultural region of the island has a size of approximately 1,400 hectares, starting at sea level and ascending in terraces up to the caldera, which has a height of up to 250 metres from sea level. There is evidence to say that the history of this region goes back at least 3000 years.
Aegean Islands – An important historical wine making area. Their strong shipping network helped get their wines over the world. PDOs include Santorini, Rodos, Samos, Limnos and Paros. Of these Santorini is the most famous and important. A volcano where the vines crow in low basket shaped crowns to protect the grapes from strong winds, fog and hot sunshine.
Assyrtiko –The dominant variety of the vineyards in Santorini. It is found in 90% of the white wine varieties, with white wine varieties constituting 80% of the viticultural region of the island. It is an indigenous variety, grown since antiquity and is in complete harmony with the harsh conditions of the island. It is linked to the Santorini soil with its mineral taste, its pronounced acidity and the firm structure that the wines of this variety have.