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Aidani

Aidani is an aromatic white grape variety believed to have originated in the Greek island of Santorini. It produces wines that are full of character and complexity.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Aidani is a green-skinned grape that is light and sweet, with a hint of muskiness. Its aromas and flavours are reminiscent of citrus fruits, herbs, honey and white flowers. The taste profile is soft and delicate, with a hint of almond and minerals.

Fresh Aidani grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Aidani is primarily grown on the Greek islands of Santorini and Crete. it is often blended with other varieties such as Assyrtiko, Athiri and Malagousia. Aidani is a low-yielding variety, and is best grown in sandy and volcanic soils. The grapes require a long growing season to reach optimum ripeness. The wines are typically aged in stainless steel tanks, but can also be aged in oak barrels. In Santorini, Aidani wines tend to be light and fresh, with a lemony character and a hint of minerality. In Crete, the wines are more full-bodied and intense, with notes of citrus, honey and herbs. Aidani pairs well with seafood, grilled vegetables and salads. The light and delicate wines can also be enjoyed as an aperitif.

Foods to pair with Aidani:

Fish
Salad
Light meat
Fun Fact about Aidani
Aidani was once believed to be extinct, but was rediscovered in the late 1990s.

Top Wines with Aidani

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Argyros Atlantis White

Argyros

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Atlantis represents a milder interpretation of the typically mineral-driven and acidity-focused Assyrtiko grape. This variety is blended with two other indigenous grapes, earning the winery international recognition for its quality and unique style. This distinction is further highlighted by the fact that even this "entry-level wine" originates from 60-year-old vines. Here, the vines are cultivated in the traditional old Santorini style, utilizing low, circular basket shapes to shield them from the island's harsh winds and scorching sun.
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Hatzidakis Vinsanto Natural

Hatzidakis

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Hatzidakis Vinsanto is a highly regarded wine from the Greek island of Santorini. Made by a renowned producer, this wine is crafted in the traditional appellation of Santorini, known for its volcanic soil and unique vineyard features. The grapes used to make Hatzidakis Vinsanto are sun-dried, resulting in concentrated flavors and aromas. The winemaking process involves aging the wine in oak barrels for several years, adding complexity and depth. The style of this wine is rich and luscious, with notes of dried fruits, honey, and spices. Hatzidakis Vinsanto is a true expression of the terroir and craftsmanship of Santorini.
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Gaía Vinsanto

Gaía

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Grapes for VISANTO BY GAIA are meticulously sun-dried on Santorini. After around ten days of sun exposure and partial shade drying to preserve fruitiness, they're pressed extensively for their concentrated must, yielding 80-100 liters per acre. The must ferments slowly in aged oak barrels, halting naturally due to sugars and alcohol, creating a sweet wine. The VISANTO BY GAIA ages for at least a decade in the same barrels, developing a deep honey color and complex aroma. It's bottled without treatment, resulting in an intensely aromatic wine with caramelized fruit, coffee, bergamot, and dried fig notes. Despite its sweetness, it maintains balance and acidity. Enjoy chilled with dark chocolate or age for years.
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Hatzidakis Aidani Natural

Hatzidakis

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Hatzidakis Aidani is a white wine produced by Hatzidakis Winery in Santorini, Greece. The wine is made from the Aidani grape variety, which is grown in the volcanic soil of the island. The vineyards are located at high altitudes, which allows for slow ripening and the development of complex flavors. The winemaking process involves minimal intervention, with the grapes being fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged on the lees for several months. The resulting wine is crisp and refreshing, with notes of citrus and tropical fruit, as well as a distinct minerality. Hatzidakis Aidani is a perfect pairing for seafood dishes or enjoyed on its own as an aperitif.
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Argyros Aidani

Argyros

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Argyros Aidani is a white wine produced by Argyros Estate, a renowned winery located in Santorini, Greece. The wine is made from the Aidani grape variety, which is grown in the volcanic soil of the island. The winemaking process involves a combination of stainless steel and oak barrel fermentation, resulting in a wine with a balanced and complex character. Argyros Aidani is a dry white wine with a refreshing acidity and notes of citrus, white flowers, and minerality, making it a perfect pairing for seafood and Mediterranean cuisine.
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