On our last day in Santorini, we went to a local vineyard for a tasting. We chose Domaine Sigalas because it was recommended by our hotel but also because we had little time left and it was less than 10 minutes away from our hotel!
Domaine Sigalas was lovely – it wasn’t fancy but very quaint with views of the vineyard from every angle – the staff was attentive and knowledgeable. There is definitely something special and unique about wine in Santorini because the soil on the island has been covered with volcanic material in 1620 B.C. and that clearly has an impact on the process of winemaking. Black, red and brown volcanic stones exist in this type of soil and are responsible for the “mineral” character of Santorini wine. Next time we visit Greece, I would love to tour more vineyards and learn more closely the process and compare that to how it’s grown in other parts of Greece!
So here are 4 Santorini wines to know:
- EAN ROSE: This was my favorite wine at Domaine Sigalas – it’s a full-bodied dry rose wine with hints of fresh red cherries and berries. I loved it so much I brought some back with me and now I need to figure out where to find it here! 🙂
- MAVROTRAGANO: This one was Thomas’ favorite! It’s a full-bodied dry red wine aged for 18 months in old French oak barrels and a taste of ripe red fruits, figs, and sweet spices. This wine has a pretty strong after-taste so it’s best to eat red meat or strong aged cheese with it.
- AIDANI: I’m either a red or rose wine drinker but this white was refreshing and really good! A soft dry white wine with a lemon and golden hue and a taste of flowers and herbs. This is one white wine I was definitely digging. 🙂
- NYCHTERI: I will add one more white because NYCTERI is the traditional white wine of Santorini so why not! It’s a full-bodied with hints of honey, nuts, and herbs. This wine has a high level of alcohol and residual sugar – best with stew and strong cheese.
Have any of you tried Greek wines? Hope you loved the quick recap of Santorini wines – please share with me your thoughts, I love reading your comments!