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Greece & The Foreigner Grapes

Greece & The Foreigner Grapes

When one thinks of Greece—and even more specifically, the island of Santorini—one visualizes the iconic white stucco structures with blue-domed roofs, overlooking crystal-clear, blue waters. To the north of Santorini are the Cyclades Islands, surrounded by the Aegean Sea. The landscapes of the islands are rugged, having been formed by a volcano many centuries ago. The volcanic soils on Santorini and the Cyclades Islands provide unique growing conditions for grapes used to make wine.

“Explosive” Volcanic Wines

“Explosive” Volcanic Wines

There is much debate in the world of wine about the impact that soil has on wine. Soil types differ by the size of particles, mineral and nutrient content, amount of decomposed organic material, and water retention capacity. Volcanic soils are different as they can be formed by a variety of events like slow flowing lava, explosively expelled rock, and airborne ash that settles to form a new layer.