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Two Wines from Estate Argyros in Santorini


Vineyard, Image from Estate Argyros

Estate Argyros was established in 1903 by Georgios Argyros with an initial holding of five acres.    It specialized in bulk wine production until third-generation Yiannis Argyros started running the estate in 1974.  In 1987 he produced the first estate bottled wines.  Two years later Yiannis Argyros and Yiannis Paraskevopoulos (of Gai’a Wines) met and became friends.  Not only did the initial fruit for the Gai’a Wines come from Estate Argyros but they were also vinified there.  Yiannis Paraskevopoulos remained a consulting oenologist after constructing the Gai’a Wines winery.

Yiannis and Matthew Argyros in the cellar, Image from Estate Argyros

Today the estate is run by fourth generation Matthew Argyros.  There are now 65 acres of vines located in the Episcopi Gonia region at 35-150 meters.  The Atlantis wine series are produced to balance quality and price.   The estate focuses on the indigenous varietals of Greece with these two selections made from Assyrtiko, Mavrotragano, and Mandilaria.  All vines are basket trained with the Mavrotragano vines 20-30 years of age and the Mandilaria 60-80 years of age.  There are some very old sites of vines along with two sites which were just planted last year with Mandilaria and Mavrotragano.  Mavrotragano is being planted more throughout Santorini and is the mostly widely planted new varietal at Estate Argyros.

Harvest at Estate Argyros, Image from Estate Argyros

These wines represent my introduction to the red varietals Mavrotragano, which only grows on Santorini, and Mandilaria which grows on the southern islands.  According to Andrea Englisis of Athenee Importers, Mandilaria is known for its red fruit notes with soft tannins and acidity where as Mavrotragano is known for its deep color, high tannins, and acidity.  The Atlantis Red is blended with 10% Mavrotragano for structure.  My favorite of these two wines is the Atlantis Rose.  There are some sweet fruity notes to the nose but this is counter-balanced by tart aromas and flavors carried through on an energetic yet controlled flow of acidity.  The Atlantis Red steps things up with a very fruity profile.  If you like wine and fruit-cocktail than grab a bottle of the red.  I would drink this now for its fruitiness but it has tannins and acidity to age.  Many thanks to Yiota Ioakimoglou of Estate Argyros and Andrea Englisis of Athenee Importers for answering my questions and providing images..  Both of these wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

2010 Estate Argyros, Atlantis Rose, Santorini – $12
Imported by Athenee Importers.  This wine is a blend of 80% Assyrtiko and 20% Mandilaria.  The fruit was fermented and raised in stainless steel.  A vibrant color in the glass.  The powdery nose is reminiscent of Sweet Tarts.  In the mouth there is a soft approach at first then lively flavors show up on the tongue as some grip is developed.  Saline notes and dried herbs mix with the dry cranberry flavors.  The flavors turn tart in the finish as minerals and dark red flavors come out which are kept refreshing by cranberry-like acidity.  The aftertaste continues with tart red flavors.  Rather satisfying right now.  ** Now-2014.

2008 Estate Argyros, Atlantis Red, Santorini – $15
Imported by Athenee Importers.  This wine is a blend of 90% Mantilaria and 10% Mavrotragano.  The fruit was fermented in stainless steel then aged for six months in 600 liter French oak barrels.  The nose began with stinky cheese aromas but those blew off after an hour.  In the mouth there was slightly puckering, juicy, ripe black cherry fruit.  The entry is soft but then there was integrated structure provided by white citrus flesh-like tannins which dried the palete as a fruit cocktail note came out.  A licorice-like vein ran through the aftertaste mixing with juicy acidity, and drying, slightly spicy tannins.   ** Now-2017.

  1. Jackie Procter
    May 6, 2013 at 6:13 am

    Great post! And great wines! If you visit Santorini, you must go to the winery located in the village of Megalochori! There’s some information about it here: http://sophant.co.uk/what-to-do-in-santorini/

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