MONOGRAPH ASSYRTIKO

MONOGRAPH ASSYRTIKO

We first met Assyrtiko in Santorini, its motherland. There, through the porous and bone dry volcanic soil, arise big wines; with uniquely high minerality and impressive acidity. Wines for connoisseurs. Wines difficult but <<grand>> nonetheless.

And then Assyrtiko traveled. And it did so well, almost to the entire country, from the Greek Macedonian north to the Peloponnese, the vine-bearer, in the south. And suddenly we saw a completely different Assyrtiko being born through this wandering.

Beautiful wines, with refreshing acidity and intense fruity aromas- citrus and other, more tropical and more plethoric- comprise a character entirely different and lighter than that of the Santorinian ancestors.

The MONOGRAPH Assyrtiko of GAIA captures in a multileveled manner which can be achieved with this, multileveled Greek, variety, when cultivated with knowledge and with persistence on the semi-mountainous calciferous soils of Koutsi, Nemea.

A Youthful Assyrtiko, friendly and refreshing, which can be enjoyed as much with fine seafood, as on its own, unchaperoned; perhaps just with good company…

SOIL

It consists of a shallow (70-80cm) clay layer that lies upon the lime mother soil with relatively neutral ph. Low organic content, like most of the limestone soils in Greece. On the slopes of the hills where most of the vineyards are located, the soils drain quite well but are exposed to erosion.

CLIMATE

Cold and humid winters with low temperatures that rarely drop below the freezing point. Summers are warm, without excessively high temperatures and with few showers during June. Typically, a long autumn follows the summer. The warm September days with significantly colder nights and the dry conditions synthesize an ideal weather pattern for a good maturation.  The total rain precipitations (600-700mm annually) occur mainly between October and March.

VINEYARD

Owned for 40 years in the semi-mountainous commune KOUTSI in NEMEA, at an altitude of 450-550 m with an intense slope # 15% & N-S.W direction. This vineyard is pruned very strictly in order to reduce its high fertile buds.

WINERY

The winery was built in 1997 at the heart of the private vineyard in Koutsi, Nemea at an altitude of 550m. Our winery in Koutsi is a contemporary industrial building with magnificent views of the plains of Nemea and the valley of Asopos River, around 350m below. Its capacity is 3,060 hectoliters while its production equipment and the high quality control systems offer to the oenologist every state-of-the-art instrument for a vertical production of high quality wines.