Although the Artemis Karamolegos winery was officially founded in the form we know it today in 2004, the Karamolegos family has a winemaking tradition that stretches back to 1952. Today it is the most widely awarded winery on the island of Santorini, with their modern cellar producing a range of of exceptional wines mainly from Assyrtiko, alongside other indigenous grape varieties of Santorini. This is the third largest winery on Santorini, working with a combination of their own vineyards and experienced growers across the island.
Santorini's unique terroir was forged by a huge volcanic eruption back in 1620 B.C. The volcanic soils create an environment that is uniquely hostile to Phylloxera, meaning that vines have remained on their original rootstocks. The dry, unforgiving terroir means roots of the vines often exceed 20 meters long as the penetrate deep into the subsoil in the search for water. The vines can only survive in this arid climate due to the capacity of the soil to retain what little moisture there is. This is one of the world's oldest viticultural areas, with vine growing traced back over 34 centuries. The grapes for this wines are sourced from relatively young (for Santorini!) vineyards of 50 years average age. These would classify as old vines in any other region... The vineyards are situated in lower altitude villages of the island such as Kamari, Messaria, Vothonas and Akrotiri.
A cool vinification to emphasise the fruity side of Assyrtiko is followed by lees ageing and stirring for 6 months.
Grape: 100% Assyrtiko
Tasting Notes: Fruity aromas of melon, pear and citrus fruits combined with the typical mineral signature of the island and its hint of herbal notes. Supple, fresh on the palate with intensity, primary fruit character, nice vivid balance and long complex aftertaste.
Food Match: Ideal with raw shellfish or fish and chips.
Farming Practices: Contains Sulfites
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