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Athiri

Athiri is a white grape variety that is grown primarily in Greece, with a long history that can be traced back to the Minoan era. It is a versatile variety, producing wines with a range of aromas, flavours, and textures.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Athiri grapes are generally yellow-green in colour, and are known for producing wines with a light colour. Athiri wines tend to be light-bodied and low in alcohol, with a medium to high acidity. They showcase citrus, floral, and herbal aromas, as well as a slight minerality. On the palate, they offer flavours of citrus, pear, and white flowers.

Fresh Athiri grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Athiri is primarily grown in the Greek islands of Santorini and Rhodes. It is also grown in limited quantities in the Peloponnese, Crete, and the Cyclades Islands. Athiri grapes are fairly resistant to pests and diseases, and tend to ripen early in the season. The wines are usually made in a dry style, with a medium to high acidity that makes them an excellent pairing for food. Athiri wines can range from light and floral to full-bodied and complex. In Santorini, the variety is blended with Assyrtiko and Aidani to produce the classic Vinsanto wines. In Rhodes, the wines tend to be dry with a full body and have a more pronounced minerality and acidity. Athiri wines are best enjoyed with light dishes such as seafood, salads, and grilled vegetables. They also pair well with cheeses, particularly feta.

Foods to pair with Athiri:

Asian food
Fish
Salad
Fun Fact about Athiri
Athiri is thought to be one of the oldest grape varieties in Greece, with records of the variety being grown in the Minoan era.

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