VINEYARD

 

The cultivation method of the vineyards in Santorini is unique in the world, as unique is the island itself in every aspect. The vineyards lie close to the ground, pruned in a shape of basket to protect the grape, which grows inside the basket, from the fierce winds of the Aegean sea that blow throughout the year and the intense sunlight.
Distillate of observations and knowledge for thousands years, the local wine-growers have this unique way of farming, which continues today almost identical.

The most striking feature of the island’s vineyards is the way the vines are cut back into a shape resembling a basket, a technique developed by the local vine-growers to protect the fruit from the fierce sea winds blowing throughout the year. 

The privately-owned vineyard covers an area of approximately 6 hectares, was planted for the first time in 1992 and plantation was completed two years later. The estate is located in the southern, “warm” side of the island. A prominent characteristic of the estate is the fact that it has been sparsely planted, with about 2500 vines per hectare.

The prevalent conditions of the microclimate are quite particular. The altitude begins at 105 and reaches 140 metres. The temperatures are lower than those of the surrounding islands of the Cycladic Islands, rainfall is rare and winds blow at a great speed. For this reason, the plants are pruned low, in the shape of a basket. The grapes are grown in the centre, and are thus protected from the strong winds. They absorb and maintain humidity from the dense night fog. The soil is sandy, of volcanic nature, and covered with scoria, lava and pumice stone. These particular to the area conditions result in a relatively limited production, early ripening and good hygiene conditions for the grapes.

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