Founded in 1903, the Argyros Estate is located on the island of Santorini, famed for its spiraling vines and white washed churches. In 1950, the Argyros vineyards were passed down to the founder’s son, who tripled the estate from 5 to 15 acres. Yiannis Argyros, the third-generation owner of the estate who took over in 1974, began looking beyond the local market for his wines. Today, Mathew Argyros, the fourth generation of family winemakers, continues his father’s legacy by making legendary wines from Assyrtiko and other indigenous Santorinian varietals, using traditional techniques.
The estate vineyards are located primarily in Episkopi and Prygos, which are prime locations for Assyrtiko. The ungrafted vines range in age from 30 to over 150 years, and are trained into basket-shaped bowls, a traditional technique called “koulara”. The inorganic soil of the island of Santorini is naturally immune to Phylloxera and many other vineyard pests, reducing the need for synthetic herbicides & pesticides. Estate Argyros practices sustainable viticulture, using composted grape must as fertilizer, and plowing the vineyards with mules.
About the Vineyard
The vineyards used for Atlanis white, located in Episkopi, Pyrgos and Megalochori, are relatively young for Estate Argyros with an average age between 60-80 years old. The vines are basket pruned, and dry farmed. Grapes are hand-picked in August.
Each grape varietal is vinified seperately in stainless steel tanks, in order to preserve the unique, fresh fruit flavors. After fermentation, the wines are blended before bottling.
Light-bodied and well-balanced, with a cool minerality and refreshing acidity. The relatively high acidity of Assyrtiko gives this easy-drinking white a crisp freshness.
Great with fish and seafood, pasta and light poultry.
Average Vine Age
90% Assyrtiko, 5% Aidani, 5% Athiri
Stainless steel tanks
Wine Advocate – “The 2017 Atlantis is the winery’s screwcapped blend, mostly Assyrtiko, with 5% each of Athiri and Aidani, the “other” key white grapes on the island. It is unoaked and comes in at 13% alcohol. Over the years, this has become a pretty nice wine in its own right. Elegant, focused and crisp, this lively white is on the lighter side compared to its big brothers, but it lingers beautifully on the finish, demonstrating some grip and length. It should hold pretty well, too, but drink it when it is young and fresh for best results. It is a classic summer white.” (89 Pts)