Weekend Wine Notes: Hatzidakis Santorini

There has not been much in the way of wine writing on here in recent months so I thought I would post a short note about a favourite wine – it’s a white wine from Greek islands, perfect for the spring sunshine we’ve been enjoying the UK.


Hatzidakis Santorini is a brilliant showcase for the assyrtiko grape, native to the Greek island of Santorini. This wine is quite full, minerally, almost tropical in style with melon and stone fruit and a slightly herby aroma, but there’s enough lemony citrus acidity to cut through the richness leaving a clean finish. This is a food wine, a great match for salmon with herb butter, and worth trying as an alternative to Chardonnay.

Wine stockist (UK): I bought my bottle of the Hatzidakis (2012 vintage) from The Wine Society. The Society has now moved on to the 2013 vintage priced at £11.50 per bottle. Also available from Waitrose £12.99 pb. Alternatively, if you are interested in finding this wine, you could use Wine-Searcher to check availability in other countries.

(Please feel free to ignore these posts if they are of absolutely no interest to you, it’s just a place for me to record a few wine notes!)

4 thoughts on “Weekend Wine Notes: Hatzidakis Santorini

  1. Scott W.

    Assyrtiko – my favorite white wine in the world! (Not that I know anything about wine). Curiously, it’s a wine that seems to taste vastly better when accompanied by a plate of grilled barbounia at a seaside taverna in the Cyclades.:)

    1. JacquiWine Post author

      Hurrah, another Assyrtiko fan! Well, I already knew you had great taste in books, and now I know it extends to wine too.

      There’s something wonderfully satisfying about drinking a wine in its natural surroundings…all accompanied by the local cuisine (grilled barbounia sounds like the perfect match). If you’re ever looking to recreate the Cyclades experience, I can recommend the Hatzidakis. The Gaia wines are also very good.

  2. Brian Joseph

    I am beginning to learn a bit about wine.

    My wife and some of our friends are more versed then I am and their interest is ribbing off upon me, just a little. I will pass this recommendation on to her.

    I do not know much about Greek wine but this sounds good.

    1. JacquiWine Post author

      There are some very smart wines coming out of Greece at the moment, and this is a great example (Assyrtiko is native to Santorini). It’s different to Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc or other ubiquitous wines, perhaps a little more interesting too. I’d like to encourage more people to try Assyrtiko and Greek wines in general!

      It’s fun to try a few different wines, and hopefully you’ll discover something new…much of it comes down to personal taste in the end. :)


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