Some of the oldest vineyards and wineries are found on Santorini island and its
wines are distinguished among other Greek ones, winning international awards. The
most famous wine of Santorini is assyrtiko. The centuries old vines find their best
expression in the assyrtiko grape by giving world-class wines. High acidity, intense
minerality and citrus flavors, are the key elements creating its complex character,
highlighting the land of Santorini in perfect harmony.
Wine needs special care and attention in order to get the most of its taste.
As long as wine is kept, served and drunk in the "right" way, it will live
up to our expectations.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO STORE WINE?
Firstly, you need a cool storage area lacking in humidity; the temperature
should be around 12░ Celsius (air conditioning is not recommended).
If there is no wine cellar, another ideal place for storing should be a
closet or a dark corner in the house. Bottles must be stored horizontally,
so that the cork remains damp for easier opening, while blocking the
entrance of oxygen which might alter its content.
BE CAREFUL when moving wines, sudden movements might damage the wine;
especially the more sensitive ones!
HOW DO WE SERVE THE WINES?
Primarily, wines must be served with a steady flow, filling up the two-thirds
of the glass; the one-third must be left empty so as to enjoy its aroma.
Never serve wine chilled as this might alter its taste. White wines should
be served at 8░-10░ Celsius (43░-46░ Fahrenheit), whereas red ones at 15░-18░
Celsius (61░-64░ Fahrenheit). One simple rule that professional sommeliers
propose, is that the colour of wine match the colour of the dish.
In other words, white wines are ideal with white meat, white sauces and fish,
while red wines with red meat and red sauces; finally rosÚ can accompany
every type of dish.
BE NOTED to avoid vinegar in salads as this might alter the taste of wine
and certain cheeses can overpower the taste of a wine. Furthermore,
with red wines avoid sweets and fruits (except apples and pears)!
ONE FINAL NOTE
When you visit Greece, make sure to lift up your glass of wine and say
the Greek toast: "Stin igia sas" (i.e. "Cheers!!!").
- Artemis Karamolegos winery*,
Exo Gonia, T: +30 22860 33395, www.artemiskaramolegoswinery.com
- Canava Roussos Winery,
Episkopi-Mesa Gonia, 600m from Kamari, T: +30 22860
31349, Athens T: +30 210 9400017, www.canavaroussos.gr
- Koutsoyannopoulos Winery "Volcan Wines",
Vothonas-Fira road. to Kamari,
T: +30 22860 31322, www.wine-museum-koutsoyannopoulos.gr
- Santowines Winery & Oenotourism Center,
Pyrgos, T: +30 22860 28058,
* Few words for ARTEMIS KARAMOLEGOS WINERY
The Artemis Karamolegos winery is not a newcomer to the wine industry. Grandfather Artemis launched the
winery in 1952 and his grandson - who bears the same name - Artemis Karamolegos, continues the tradition,
always at the same location, Exo Gonia village of the volcanic and charismatic Santorini island.
The long history of winemaking led to the need of creating a more contemporary and top-quality production.
This indeed occurred in 2004, with the production of a great bottled and branded (then OPAP) wine called "SANTORINI".
In primarily stage, the most important took place: part of the old vineyards was renewed with the rebuilding
and planting of new vines of Santorini's rare traditional varieties (Aidani, Mavrotragano, Mavrathyro, Voudomato).
It was therefore expected that the synchronous confrontation of the work in the vines - the most important part
in production - to imposed the need of the creation of a modern winery. Since then, ARTEMIS KARAMOLEGOS WINERY makes
the most of the particular microclimate of the island, in combination with its volcanic and limestone soil, "leading"
Assyrtico and the other local grape varieties in wine production following the international quality standards.
The winery produces in total 130,000 bottles of wine; in its portfolio nine different wines are included,
of which most popular are the P.O.P "Santorini", the P.O.P "Nyctheri", the P.O.P "Vinsanto" and red dry
Consequence of such important work done in the vineyards and in winemaking is that the wines of Artemis
Karamolegos winery earn great honors in major international wine competitions.
AROMA AVLIS FOOD&WINE
Winery and restaurant in the same space.??
A new concept restaurant with great cuisine, created by Artemis Karamolegos and
implemented by Chef Chris Koskinas, combined - harmoniously - with local wine and
located in the verdant and atmospheric courtyard of the Artemis Karamolegos Winery.
We invite you to enjoy local and Mediterranean flavours along with award-winning wines of
our winery, in an idyllic atmosphere.
The restaurant is open daily from 13:00 till 00:00, on the main road of Messaria-Kamari.