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.
This is a blend sourced from the Islands of the Aegean Sea using two varieties that were almost forgotten about. It is Minerally, smokey with clean and tart red and black fruits. The tannins are quite firm but the fruit weight is more than enough to balance it out.
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 grow in low basket shaped crowns to protect the grapes from strong winds, fog and hot sunshine.
Mavrotragano – “Black with crisp flesh” A rather mysterious variety that was found on the Aegean Islands and saved from extinction. Until recently this grape was used only to make sweet red wines. From the 1997 vintage a few producers dared to make a still red wine from it. The result was red red colour, intense tannins, red fruits and spice.
Mandilaria – Much like Mavrotragano it was lost and then rediscovered. It tends to be more medium bodied with dark fruits. It is quite often blended with Mavrotragano or other varieties.