Santameriana Nature

Santameriana Nature is a completely natural vinification of the rare Santameriana grape, which is grown biodynamically in its home terroir of Santomeri village, in Achaia.

  • Grower: Sant’Or Wines
  • Vintage: 2017
  • Grapes: Santameriana 100%
  • Appellation: PGI Achaia
  • Alcohol: 12%
  • Bottle: 750ml
  • Viticulture: Biodynamic (certified organic)
  • Vinification: Spontaneously fermented and aged for 6 months in stainless steel, bottled unfiltered and unfined with under 20mg/l sulfites.
  • Notes: Rich floral and quince notes with a very vibrant palate.

Viticulture

  • Biodynamic (organic certified)
  • Climate: Mild Winter and dry Summers
  • Soil: Clay loam, schist rocks
  • Vine age: Planted in 1967
  • Altitude: 400m
  • Slope: 15%
  • Planting density: 2,500-3,000 plants / ha
  • Yield: 0.75kg / plant
  • Irrigation: None
  • Spraying: 5 per season (sulfur dust / copper / 500 / 501)
  • Harvesting: Manual

Vinification

  • Maceration: Stainless steel
  • Yeast: Indigenous – spontaneous fermentation
  • Malolactic: Natural (partially completed)
  • Maturation: 6 months in stainless steel
  • Clarification: None
  • Filtration: Paper
  • Production: 550 lt
  • Alcohol: 12%
  • Acidity: 5.10 gr/l
  • RS: 1.90 gr/l
  • Total sulfites: 38 mg/l
  • Certification: Organic grapes, Vegan
  • Bottle: 750ml

Sant’Or wines is located outside the historical 3rd largest Greek city of Patra, and operated by a local grower, Panagiotis Dimitropoulos, who is cultivating his 4.5 ha of vineyards biodynamically, at an altitude of 600m, with no irrigation. Indigenous to the historical village of Santomeri is the rare white grape Santameriana, as well as the famous (for its sweet wines) red grape Mavrodafni (literally “black laurel”), revived through impressive dry vinifications. Panagiotis is the only grower cultivating the Santameriana grape, and one of very few making dry monovarietal Mavrodafni.

Patra is the third largest city of Greece, and is famous for its carnival celebration.