This inspiring blend of three white Greek grape varieties – Assyrtiko, Aidani and Athiri – have brought out the best of the island’s terroir, where dry land has conspired with volcanic soil and careful vineyard management to surprise wine enthusiasts and connoisseurs. As it ages, its subtleties emerge and the wine develops a fuller body. The combination of the citrus-edged sharp Assyrtiko, slightly scented Athiri and fruity yet balancing Aidani impresses the palate.
WINES THAT ARE ON THE EDGE (AKROS), EMPOWERED BY THE EARTH (TERRA)
Expertly bringing together the ancient Greek winemaking tradition in Santorini with the powerful elements of nature.
The vineyards lie between 200 to 350 meters above sea level in Pyrgos, a hilltop on the island favored for its quality vines. Put differently, Santorini’s stark volcanic hilly terrain miraculously gives way to surprising vineyards that yield excellent wine, thanks to a very distinct terroir and intricate microclimate.
The wine boasts a certain light and airy freshness about it that has paradoxically been reinforced by the very properties of the cooled lava.
In this barren yet blessed land full of contradictions, Spyros Chryssos and Apostolos Thymiopoulos have combined forces to create three superb wines. The attention that they have put into nurturing the island’s special vineyards, often dating many generations, plays a pivotal role in producing a superb wine product.
The result is captured in Acroterra’s three wines, which boast a very distinct finesse and a proud personal touch.
The inspiration behind Acroterra lies with two enterprising young Greeks, Apostolis Thymiopoulos and Spyros Chryssos. Their passion and talent in viticulture and winemaking have led to one common objective: searching for perfection to produce a limited quantity of world-class wines from Santorini’s very particular terroir.
Behind Acroterra’s success lie several factors: decades of expertise in the field coupled with patience, unwavering passion for quality winemaking, and a conscious dedication to wine excellence rather than to profit. The resulting finesse, found in Acroterra’s bottles, speaks for itself.
Its dry volcanic landscape has surprisingly given birth to truly fine wine. The old vaulted wineries of Santorini, known as Kanaves, go back several decades and can still be seen in certain places around the island.
Yet the miracle of Santorini’s wine dates thousands of years, with evidence of winemaking equipment from around 2,600 BC found buried under the ash and lava of the island’s ancient Minoan-era settlement, Akrotiri.
It is worth noting that the island of Santorini never succumbed to the worldwide decimation of vineyards by the phylloxera insect in the 19th century, which affected wine crops around the world.
SANTORINI’S VINEYARDS ARE HUNDREDS OF YEARS OLD AND STILL BOAST THE SAME OUTSTANDING FLAVORS THAT THEY DID IN ANCIENT TIMES.