Assyrtiko, Wild Ferment, Gaia

Greece, Santorini

5.00 out of 5
(1 customer review)

Assyrtiko, Wild Ferment, is made from the superb Greek native Assyrtiko grape. The wild ferment refers to the use of natural yeast indigenous to the vineyard. Remarkably smoky, savoury notes with saline touches and a tangy, mildly citric fruit quality and gentle vanilla notes. Subtle but intriguing aromatics and lively freshness with intensity that grows and grows.  For us, the leading producer from the historic volcanic island of Santorini. Very individual – give it a go!

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Santorini is a volcanic island in the Aegean sea off mainland Greece. The soil is volcanic and mineral rich, but low on nutrients, ensuring low yields and a potentially high quality crop. Grapes are sourced from the upland vineyard of Pyrgos. Fruit is harvested from 80 year old, un-grafted Assyrtiko vines, trained incredibly low to the ground - in interesting basket shapes - to counter the effects of the strong winds on the island.

Grape Variety

100% Assyrtiko.

The production process involves a combination of modern and traditional wine making practices. Harvested grapes are first crushed and cold soaked with skin contact; the must is then transferred to a mix of stainless steel tanks (50%), oak casks (35%) and acacia wood barrels (15%), 'Wild ferment' refers to the use of natural yeast fermentation.

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Cellar Potential

Drink now and over the next 2 years.


Founders Leon Karatsalos and Yiannis Paraskevopoulos run two wineries, one in Nemea and the one in question in Santorini. The Santorini winery was born out of a abandoned tomato processing factory, with the new owners able to breath new light into the old industrial complex. Small scale, rare Assyrtiko vinegar production runs alongside.

Food Match

This wine will work with a number of different options, traditionally white fish but also other seafood, poultry and lamb.

Suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

In the press

Platinum - Decanter World Wine Awards 2018 (2017 vintage)

Gold- Decanter World Wine Awards 2015 (2014 Vintage)

Regional Trophy - Greek White over £15- Decanter World Wine Awards 2014 (2013 Vintage)

Regional Trophy - Greek White over £15- Decanter World Wine Awards 2013 (2012 Vintage)

The Wine Gang: "The palate is salty dry with lazer-beam precision and very funky wild ferment layering of complexity with oak wreathed into the mix with sensitivity. The finish is dry, with lasting salty and tangy flavours. Unique and outstanding wine."

1 review for Assyrtiko, Wild Ferment, Gaia

  1. Richard
    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Wonderfully different. The wild yeast gives a complex acidity to the taste. Probably my favourite wine but be prepared to be surprised! Definitely worth a try.

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