Assyrtiko is by far the most famous Greek white grape variety worldwide. With its origins at the volcanic island of Santorini, it has perfectly adapted in other parts of Greece as well. Assyrtiko can produce very different styles of white wines ranging from still to traditional method sparkling and sweet ones from sundried grapes.

Assyrtiko holds the unique position of being the only white grape variety in the Mediterranean basin that produces wines with high levels of sugar and acidity at the same time. Central Greece’s Assyrtikos tend to be fruitier and more moderate in acidity and body than those of Santorini.

In PGI Atalanti Valley, white wines from Assyrtiko stand out for their mellow harmony between alcohol and acidity. They express ripe citrus fruits and notes of flinty aromas.

In PGI Phthiotis, whites are generous and lively at the same time. They express citrus fruits and on the palate, they are generous and crisp.

In PGI Parnassos, white wines from Assyrtiko tend to be vivid and long living. They express aromas of freshly cut citrus fruits with salty hints. They are warm but also intensively refreshing.

At a glance
Resistance to drought
bunch size

Large berries in large compact bunches


Vigorous and relatively productive, very late bud break and late ripening

Style of wines

Rich and refreshing dry white wines with salinity and long ageing potential. Complex sweet white wines from sundried grapes

Food pairings

Seafood dishes like shelfish, grilled fish, oysters and tomato-based dishes

Assyrtiko produces

Monovarietal rich and fresh wines with fruity and mineral aromas Single variety full bodied salty whites matured in oak Blends with other varieties that lack structure and freshness Orange wines with dry herbal and floral aromas from the extended skin maceration and pungent aftertaste

Fun fact

Born and raised for centuries on Santorini Island. Behaves like a red when aged

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