Assyrtiko is a Greek grape variety that produces fresh, crisp and dry white wines. You'll like assyrtiko if you like chablis, riesling, sauvignon blanc, or other citrus-forward, high-acid, mineral wine.
Native to Greece, assyrtiko produces a crisp, dry white wine.
Today, assyrtiko is widely planted in the volcanic soil of Santorini, where it produces the lean, mineral and concentrated PDO Santorini wines, but it is increasingly being grown in many other Greek wine regions. There are even small plantings in the United States.
Try these examples from Greece: 2020 Estate Argyros Assyrtiko (Santorini), 2021 Domaine Sigalas Assyrtiko (Santorini), 2021 Kir-Yianni Assyrtiko (Amyndeon).
Peter Barry first planted assyrtiko in 2012.
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Jim Barry Wines in the Clare Valley is the country's only commercial producer of assyrtiko. Third-generation winemaker Peter Barry first planted the variety in 2012 at the family’s Lodge Hill vineyard after tasting it while on holiday in Santorini in 2006.
Immediately understanding it to be a natural partner to both Australia’s climate and cuisine, Barry began the process of importing cuttings from Argyros Estate in Santorini, before releasing his first vintage in 2014.
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