Amongst this vibrant wine culture, a brand new project was born when Yannis Valambous returned to Santorini, to revive his family vineyards after stints at places such as Michel Chapoutier in France, T-Oinos Estate on the island of Tinos, as well as at Sigalas and Hatzidakis on Santorini itself.
Representing the younger generation of winemaking of Vassaltis, Yannis brought the passion and energy to drive quality to the level of fine white Burgundies and Rhones that dominate the world stage. Working with his friend and now colleague Elias Roussakis, the two extremely experienced oenologist work with the aegean eco system, using indigenous grape varieties, utilising unique viticultural practices that have been a tradition in Santorini for centuries.
From the 2015 vintage, Vassaltis have added a barrel aged Assyrtiko to their range, using low-toast, top-quality French oak to give beautifully well-integrated toasty spice notes and creamy texture to Assyrtiko's naturally intense minerality. They are making wines with power and succulence, combined with elegant structure and intensely fine minerality with their own, unique, Santorini twist.
- Wines of power and succulence, combined with elegant structure and intensely fine minerality with their own, unique, Santorini twist.
- Santorini is home to some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world, and those lucky enough to have visited this part of the world will know that the same volcano that created Santorini's dramatic ca
- Vassaltis may have vineyards on ancient soils but their winery is very much modern and state of the art.