Wine & Spirits

Athiri: It’s all Greek Grapes to Me!

When thinking about Greek white wine varietals, Assyrtiko most readily comes to mind. But there are other types worth noting, and tasting, not least of which is Athiri.

Athiri wines are sweeter and softer than Assyrtiko.

The grape, originally from Santorini, is now used in wine extensively in Rhodes and other parts of Greece, and is often called the “Rhodes” grape not to be confused with “Roditis” (Rhodian), which is a rose actually not made on Rhodes.

Further adding to the confusion is that the athiri grape is used to make Restina, a piney, woodsy wine whose taste is a sharp contrast to athiri.

Want more confusion: the name “athiri” comes from the word “Thira” – which happens to be the actual name of the island popularly referred to as “Santorini.”



They were shunted aside for more fashionable French varieties that took their place for years but old Greek grape varieties proved you couldn't keep them down and are coming back again.

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