History and Background
Established in 1903 by Georgios Argyros, the Argyros Estate has a long-standing history on the volcanic island of Santorini. Spanning over a century and now managed by the fourth generation of the Argyros family, the estate has grown in size and stature, becoming one of the leading wine producers on the island.
Vineyards and Terroir
Argyros Estate manages around 120 hectares of vineyards, with some vines being over 150 years old. The terroir of Santorini is characterized by:
Soil: Volcanic, ashy soils that are mineral-rich and well-draining.
Climate: A semi-arid climate with strong winds and scarce rainfall. The unique "kouloura" method of vine training, where vines are woven into basket-like circles on the ground, protects grapes from the wind and sun.
Varieties: The estate focuses on indigenous varieties, with Assyrtiko being the most prominent, followed by Aidani, Athiri, and red varieties like Mavrotragano.
Wine Style and Production
Argyros Estate is best known for its:
Dry Whites: Primarily made from Assyrtiko, these wines are mineral-driven with high acidity, showcasing the volcanic terroir of Santorini.
Vinsanto: A traditional sweet wine of Santorini made from sun-dried grapes. Argyros's Vinsanto is a blend of Assyrtiko, Aidani, and Athiri, aged in oak barrels and known for its complexity and longevity.
Reds and Rosés: Produced in smaller quantities, these wines often feature the Mavrotragano grape and are known for their aromatic profile and structure.
Argyros Estate has garnered international acclaim for its dedication to quality and its authentic representation of Santorini's terroir. Their wines, especially the Assyrtiko expressions, have been lauded by critics and have played a significant role in elevating the global reputation of Santorini wines.
Argyros Estate stands as a beacon of excellence in Greek winemaking, capturing the essence of Santorini's unique terroir in each bottle. Their commitment to indigenous varieties and traditional winemaking methods, combined with modern innovations, ensures that the wines are both authentic and of the highest quality. For those keen on exploring the diverse world of Greek wines, Argyros Estate offers a compelling and delicious journey.