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: 2020
  • Grapes: Santameriana 100%
  • Appellation: PGI Peloponnese
  • Alcohol: 11.50%
  • Bottle: 750ml
  • Viticulture: Biodynamic (certified organic)
  • Vinification: Harvesting the grapes in the early morning hours and transporting them to the winery for crushing purposes
  • Tasting Notes: Rich floral, citrus peel, bergamot and quince notes with minerality, and a very rich and vibrant palate, with hints of tannins.

Viticulture

  • Biodynamic (organic certified)
  • Climate: Mild Winter and dry Summers (Mediterranean)
  • Soil: Clay loam, schist rocks
  • Vine age: 13 years
  • Altitude: 400m
  • Slope: 60º
  • Planting density: 2,600 plants / ha
  • Yield: 1.2kg / plant
  • Irrigation: None
  • Spraying: 3 times per season
  • Harvesting: Manually in plastic crates

Vinification

  • Maceration: No (free run)
  • Pressing: None
  • Yeast: Wild (spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel)
  • Malolactic: Completed (spontaneous fermentation)
  • Maturation: In 2,000lt stainless steel tank
  • Clarification: Natural
  • Filtration: None
  • Production: 1,600 lt
  • Alcohol: 11.50%
  • Acidity: 4.95 gr/l
  • RS: 1.90 gr/l
  • Total sulfites: 32 ppt
  • 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.