THALASSITIS

THALASSITIS

THALASSITIS is produced from Santorini’s indigenous white grape variety, Assyrtiko.

Perhaps, it is the only variety in the Mediterranean that manages to combine full maturity of grapes with considerably high acidity, despite the specific climatic conditions of the island. This fact is an essential factor for accomplishing flavor balance in dry white wines.

 

All the Assyrtiko grapes selected for THALASSITIS originate exclusively from vineyards in Episkopi, Akrotiri and Pyrgos regions. The vines in these regions are almost 80 years old.

The particularly low-yield that never exceeds 25 hl/ha combined with the terroir and the variety results an exuberant and nervous wine with a strong personality.

Enjoy it at 10oC with seafood, fish, shellfish or even lamb stewed in lemon sauce, generally with flavors of moderate intensity, where salt, sour or oil predominate.

A special feature of most Assyrtiko wines from Santorini is that despite their white color they behave like red wines! Try to age Thalassitis for 2 to 3 years at a temperature 12ο to 14οC and you will witness a change in it. Its mineral dimension will subside while the fruity and honey aromas will expand. Don’t forget to pour Thalassitis into a wide decanter half an hour before serving. You will definitely be pleased by the result!

SOIL

A soil with a big porosity formed by volcanic activity and extremely poor in nutrients being mainly composed of pumice .The lack of organic matter on the soil results in a self-sufficient vineyard with no infection by phylloxera .The absence of water is typical but the available humidity is retained and fed to the plants through the porous soil.

CLIMATE

A typical Mediterranean climate. Mild winters with lower temperatures followed by warm, windy and dry summers. The rainfall intensity, the occurrence of heat waves in June until the beginning of July, the night humidity in July and August determine the quality and quantity of the vintages.

VINEYARD

This self-rooted vineyard of Assytiko, 70-80 years old, is a yield with a particularly low yield per hectare (3000 kg). Poor in organic matter and never been infected by phylloxera. All these elements in combination with one of the noblest white grape varieties in the Mediterranean, the indigenous Assyrtiko, create rare, precious and unique wines.

WINERY

Our winery is situated on a beach, on the east side of the island, between Kamari and Monolithos settlements. This industrial stone building used to be a tomato factory, built in the beginning of the 1900s.

Today, the high-tech equipment and the cutting edge facilities of our winery guarantee contemporary winemaking and ideal conditions for high quality production of ASSYRTIKO.

At the same time, in a discrete out-of-the-way vault, we have set up a small oxidization area where we are delighted to produce our rare, sweet, aromatic Assyrtiko vinegar.