Vineyards at the foot of Mount Santamerianiko

Peloponnesian  Paradise

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Sant'or is located in the historic Village of Santameri Achaias, 30Km from Patras ( Greece's 3rd largest city ) at an altitude of 600m in the midst of organic vineyards. Mythology refers that Hercules had transferred part of this mountain from Mt Erimanthos and the ancient Greek historian Homer refered to the district as Holy Stone. Additionaly, Sant'or uses an image of the myth of Hercules slaying the Nemean lion on their red wine labels. The Nemean Lion was a ferocious beast whose hide was invulnerable to weapons. It terrorized Nemea until Heracles finally killed it with his bare hands as the first of his Twelve Labors. The winery is located at the foot of Mount Skolis (Santamerianiko Mountain) which dominates over the castle ruins of Sant’Or built by the Franco – Flemish in 1273 . The name Santameri comes from the French garrison commander Nicola De Saintomer during the Frankish domination of the region. The region had historically always been known for vine cultivation, in particular for the local grape Santameriana and Mavrodaphne used to make the famous desert wine, one of Greece’s best kept wine secrets. It is a sweet, but very subtle dessert wine that has strong similarities to a tawny port.. Santameriana was virtually extinct, but thanks to Sant'or, it has been revived. They also make a red and a white wine from Agiorgitiko and Roditis, Greece's first and second most planted grapes respectively. The Peloponnese is the natural birthplace of both.

Map of the Peloponnese peninsula with Patra and Sant'or in the north

Sant'Or is operated by a local grower, Panagiotis Dimitropoulos, who farms his 4.5 ha of vineyards biodynamically, with no irrigation. As per the distributor's website: "The vineyards came to Panagiotis through his father and generations of wine growers. His vision was to continue the family tradition as authentically as possible, and raise awareness on the local indigenous grapes. His vinifications are based on healthy and rigorous fruits through dry, biodynamic vinification, and wild fermented and naturally vinified wines, with experimentation of aging in various materials (clay amphoras, cement, old oak)."

We are offering three of his wines today (unfortunately the winery doesn't make a desert wine). The Santameriana is produced as an orange wine made in underground amphora and is an absolute delight. I highly recommend getting one of each and doing your own greek wine dinner with a white, orange and red. Kali Oreksi!

GISELLE HAMBURG

 

Sant'Or 2018 Achaia Agiorgitiko

Agiorgitiko is Greece's most planted grape and it's similarities to Merlot, France's most planted grape, doesn't end there. Showing a dark ruby in the glass, the nose is all plummy and earthy aromas with supple , velvety tannins. A wine for Bordeaux lovers and a perfect foil for lamb , duck and braised beef. Giselle Hamburg

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
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Sant'Or Roditis 2019 Achaia (Greece) Patra

Sant’Or wines is located outside the historical 3rd largest Greek city of Patra on the northern Peloponnese coast. They farm biodynamically, at an altitude of 600m. Roditis is Greece's second most planted grape so it's time for all you Assyrtiko lovers to discover this beauty. Very Chablisien with super minerality, notes of herbaceousness, lemon zest & salinity making for the perfect oysterpalooza wine! Giselle Hamburg

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Sant'Or 2020 Santomeri Santameriana Skin Contact

A really cool skin contact white from the Santameriana grape in the Peloponnese.  Spontaneously fermented in clay amphora with a 20-day maceration, no pressing, followed by 6-months in an outdoor buried amphora. Showing a pale copper robe, the nose is redolent of melon, orange peel and herbaceousness, The palate is exuberant with notes of dried apricot and  juicy Arnold Palmer  with silky tannins and an intense minerality. Complex layers and a long finish lend some weight to its high toned profile. Fabulous stuff! Giselle Hamburg

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur