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Hotels and Villas in Santorini

Katikies Hotel Santorini Q1A3352

Katikies Santorini
Oia Santorini

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Katikies Villa Santorini
Oia Santorini

Katikies Kirini Spa Hotel Santorini 0535

Katikies Kirini Santorini
Oia Santorini

Katikies Chromata Hotel Santorini 7029

Katikies Chromata Santorini

Drz Katikies Garden 0235

Katikies Garden Santorini

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Katikies Mykonos Hotel Q1A0589

Katikies Mykonos
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Fascinating wines of power and supreme finesse, that capture their place of production and immerse you directly into the feel of the place—wines of the sun and the rocks, but also wines of great emotions.

But how do Santorini wines stand on a global scale? There are many regions in the world that claim to be unique. Bordeaux talks about its stunning grands vins, Burgundy about possessing the Holy Grail of Pinot Noir, and the Rhone of its schist soils and staked vines. These sit alongside many other, more recent discoveries, such as the Sierra de Gredos in Spain or the high-elevation vineyards of Cyprus that rise to 1,500 metres. But if there is one region on earth whose story exceeds expectations, it is Santorini, home to the oldest continuously farmed vineyards in the world. The island is planted with ancient indigenous vines, the age of which nobody knows, but it could be 200 years or even older. They are cultivated using a unique vine-training system called kouloura ('basket'), protecting them from the ferocious winds that blow across the island and creating a humid micro-environment – sorely needed in a region characterised by scarce rainfall. These dry-farmed vineyards on the slopes of one of history's most aggressive (and still active) volcanoes give perilously low yields of 10 hl/ha, enough to make other regions blush when they complain about crop levels. The imprint of the above? Strength, saltiness, intensity, fire. The proof that great wines are children of poverty.

With my book ‘The Wines of Santorini’ - with the support of Selene Restaurant - a work of about two years, I wanted to connect all of the above. My effort was to present a complete wine story that everyone can read, an overview of the island and a reference base for visitors, wine lovers and professionals. Its 400 pages include sections on history, grape varieties (starring Assyrtiko) and various terroirs, and sections on the present and the future of the island. In addition, all the island producers are mentioned, along with suggestions of wines worth looking for, some of which are well-hidden secrets.

I hope you enjoy what you read, but even more, you will visit the island at the first opportunity to meet up with the producers tasting these excellent wines in their hometown.

For orders please fill in the “Expression of Interest” form and we will make all necessary arrangements to timely deliver the book to you.

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About the author Mr. Yiannis Karakasis MW

A former navy helicopter pilot, is one of the approximately 400 Masters of Wine in the world. He writes, consults and educates on wine. He created the blog,, which has been instrumental in communicating Greek wine to the world.

He is the author of two books: the e-book The Vineyards and Wines of Greece and The Natural Wines in Greece. His new book is The Wines of Santorini.

Yiannis is the wine curator of the wine program of Selene. He co-founded the First Growth Wine School in Cyprus and established the 50 Great Greek Wines Awards.

Mr Karakasis

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