Assyrtiko dominates the Santorini vineyard. Assyrtiko-Santorini(PDO Santorini) wines are rare and distinctive. These wines are born from the indigenous Assyrtiko grape, cultivated in some of the world’s oldest vineyards, dating back 3.500 years, on the volcanic island of Santorini. Very old vines, along with poor soils, hydric stress and strong winds, explain the extremely low yields as well as the dense structure and the opulence of its wines. Harvest is one of the earliest in Greece, usually starts at the beginning or in the middle of August. Assyrtiko-Santorini, has developed a reputation as being a flexible grape variety, and wines are made in a plenty of styles, from minerally white wines to rich, dessert wines. Assyrtiko has the potential to make some very complex wines, often blended with Athiri and Aidani on its native Santorini, in both sweet and dry styles. These two varieties are lower in acid and help to tame some of Assyrtiko's natural affluence. By controlling the level of oxidation, producers can create darker wines with coffee and chocolate characteristics. This has been exploited by Santorini winemakers in the making of sweet Vinsanto wines, which can be aged for many years. In the last decade Assyrtiko has been planted throughout Greece, most notably in Northern Greece, particularly in Kavala-Drama zone and Chalkidiki. There, the Assyrtiko is blended with grapes such as Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc, giving amazing results. All Assyrtiko wines can age confidently for five or even ten years. Sweet Assyrtiko wines are eternal, time simply resists going into them. Assyrtiko world class dry or sweet whites can be drunk young or aged, the ideal complement to tasteful cuisine, fish, seafood dishes and desserts.