Santameriana Orange

Santameriana Orange is a skin contact vinification of the rare Santameriana grape, and aged in ceramic eggs, from biodynamic, dry vineyards in its home soil of Santomeri village, in Achaia.

  • Grower: Sant’Or Wines
  • Vintage: 2017
  • Grapes: Santameriana 100%
  • Appellation: PGI Achaia
  • Alcohol: 11%
  • Bottle: 750ml
  • Viticulture: Biodynamic (certified organic)
  • Vinification: Spontaneously fermented with skin contact for 20 days, and aged for 6 months, in a ceramic egg at all times, and bottled unfiltered and unfined with a few sulfites.
  • Notes: A noticeably “orange” wine, with a copper color, and well integrated tannins. Aromas feature complex notes of dried apricot, honeycomb, orange peel, and intense minerality.

Viticulture

  • Biodynamic (organic certified)
  • Climate: Mild Winter and dry Summers
  • Soil: Clay loam, schistose rocks
  • Vine age: Planted in 2007
  • Altitude: 400m
  • Slope: Up to 60%
  • Planting density: 3,000 plants / ha
  • Yield: 1.2kg / plant
  • Irrigation: None
  • Spraying: 5 per season (sulfur dust / copper / 500 / 501)
  • Harvesting: Manual

Vinification

  • Maceration: 20 days in a ceramic egg
  • Yeast: Indigenous – spontaneous fermentation
  • Malolactic: Natural (partially completed)
  • Maturation: 6 months in a ceramic egg
  • Clarification: None (natural settling)
  • Filtration: None
  • Production: 560 lt
  • Alcohol: 11%
  • Acidity: 6.90 gr/l
  • RS: 1.80 hr/l
  • Total sulfites: 34 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.