Gaia Wild Ferment Santorini PDO Assyrtiko 2019


The iconic white wine of famed Santorini, the Greek Aegean island. The wine offers floral, lemon and green fruit aroma. The palate is rather high in acidity, terrific texture, and finish with unparalleled minerality mouth-feel. Gaia uses wild-ferment, even yeast involved came entirely from the single plot of vineyard, where the fruits were harvested.


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Product of Aegean Islands







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Gaia Wines was founded in 1994 by Yiannis Paraskevopoulos, Agriculturist from AUT and PhD in Enology from the University of Bordeaux III, and Leon Karatsalos Agriculturist from AUT.

The carefully selected matured and qualitative Assyrtiko comes exclusively from the vineyard of Pyrgos, a fact that justifies its larger aromatic character, than that from other areas of the island. Like many vines on the islands, these Assyrtiko were trained in traditional Kouloura, “bird-nest” shape, to counter strong wind and extremely dry climate.

Traditional Kouloura vine-training on Santorini, suitable for vines’ survival in local extreme environment.

The fruits were hand-harvested and pressed in the traditional manner. After undergoing the 12-hour skin contact process at around 10οC, the grape must is placed in small 1.000 litre INOX tanks and in new 225 liters French, American oak barrels and acacia barrels. The temperature is then allowed to rise naturally, without any further involvement. From that point on, modern technology passes the baton to traditional wine-making.

The wild yeast strains that prevail are the ones which eventually determine the wine’s character. In every tank and barrel something different occurs. After the end of the fermentation, we choose only those tanks and barrels which, according to our expertise, raise the Assyrtiko to new levels of enjoyment.

A special feature of most Assyrtiko from Santorini is that despite their white color they behave like red wines! Keep the wine for 2-3 years under proper cellar conditions and temperature 12o-14οC and it will undergo profound changes. Its mineral dimension will subside while the fruity and honey flavors will envelop its body.

Pyrgos vineyard welcomes tourists while maintaining the highest standard of viticulture practice on the island.
Weight 1.3 kg
Dimensions 10.5 × 10.5 × 30 cm

Wine Type

Serving and Ageing

Serve in Bordeaux white wine glasses at around 12℃. Some decanting can help release its legendary aroma.
The wine doesn't necessarily benefit from further ageing, but will remain largely stable for the next 5 to 10 years.


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