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Assyrtiko Wild Ferment by Gaia 2017

Assyrtiko Wild Ferment

by Gaia 2017

Producer : Gaia

Region : Greece (Greece), Santorini (Greece)

Bottle Per Case : 6 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Breads, Cured Meat, Ham, Rich Fish, Soft Cheese

Tasting Notes

"Broad complexity on the nose with firm citrus, nettles, salted butter, preserved lemon and well integrated oak. Textured with ripe acidity on the palate along with salinity and precision. Superb length."

97 points / Platinum Award - Decanter World Wine Awards 2018


Bottles Per Case 6 Pack
Point Score 97
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Gaia
Region Greece (Greece), Santorini (Greece)
Alcohol 13.5 alc./vol.
Style Fresh and crisp whites
Vintage 2017
Farming Method Sustainable
Grapes 100% Assyrtiko
Food Pairing Breads, Cured Meat, Ham, Rich Fish, Soft Cheese
Descriptors Floral, Fruity, Mineral
Wine Type Red
Wood Presence Unoaked
Body Medium
Price of Case $299.70

The Producer


Gaia was founded in 1994 by two friends, Agronomist Leon Karatsalos and Oenologist Yiannis Paraskevopoulos. They began with a small vineyard on the beautiful Island of Santorini.

Santorini's vineyards are known for cultivating the indigenous grape variety, Assyrtiko—a unique Mediterranean grape that thrives in exceptionally challenging climatic conditions. Despite the poor, porous volcanic soil primarily made of pumice, Assyrtiko grapes produce wines with notably high acidity. Gaia's vineyards, situated on the southeastern slopes of Episkopi, Akrotiri, and Pyrgos regions, exclusively consist of 70-80-year-old, ungrafted vines, resulting in remarkably low yields. In today's technologically advanced world, this is an extraordinary anomaly and a wine that deserves preservation and admiration.

In 1996, Leon and Yiannis acquired a fully operational winery with vineyards in Nemea, located just outside Athens. Here, they cultivate the red grape variety Agiorgitiko, which is considered a remarkable grape. Agiorgitiko can be crafted into a variety of styles, ranging from fruity rosé and light-bodied reds best enjoyed slightly chilled to full-bodied reds that benefit from oak aging and can be aged and improved for many years. In many respects, Agiorgitiko is akin to Greece's Nebbiolo.

Gaia is renowned for producing a diverse range of exceptionally high-quality wines in various styles. Renowned wine critic Robert Parker describes them as ‘one of Greece's finest wineries, producing crisp Santorini whites and Agiorgitiko that ranks among Greece's best.’ They were named Wine & Spirits Winery of the Year in 2007, 2009, and 2010!


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