Aegean Islands - Santorini, Samos

The mild, dry Mediterranean climate shared by many of the islands is highly compatible with the styles of wines made here, and the winds that buffet the islands from both the north and south further influence the terroir. Vineyards are often trained low to the ground in a goblet style to negate the worst effects of these winds, although a certain amount of wind-related stress encourages the growth of smaller berries with thicker skins.

Refreshing, crisp and aromatic, Santorini's dry whites are the stars of the show These mineral- and, citrus-scented wines are made predominantly from Assyrtico, with a little Athiri and Aidani. Samos is famous for sweet wines made from Muscat.

See our Guide to Greek Grapes and Wine Regions