Santorini, this tiny greek island, is one of the most important wine-producing areas in Greece. Its vineyards are the oldest not only in Greece but also among the oldest in Europe. The vines are pruned and trained into the shape of basket, to protect the grapes from the fierce northerly winds and the sun.
For many conaisseurs, Asyrtiko, the basic variety used to make the dry white wines, is one of the most charismatic of all those grown in Greece. Other varieties cultivated include the white Athiri and Aidani and the red Mandilaria. Santorini’s famous Vinsanto dessert wine is made from grapes that have been sundried after harvesting. The drying process concentrates the sugars and the sweet wine produced is then aged in oak.