Artemis Karamolegos is one of the most dynamic wineries on the unique island of Santorini. Led by his grandfather, who started making wine and cultivating vines as a hobby in the 1950s, Artemis founded the winery in 2004. Local variety Assyrtiko, which has become the flag bearer for quality wine across the whole of Greece, is at the heart of the estate’s production. They own just over 3ha of vineyards (some over 100 years old) from many of the best villages to grow Assyrtiko - Pyrgos, Megalorchori, Exo Gonia, Akrotiri and Fira. Long term leases on another 5ha allows them to manage and work with an amazing range of aspects, altitudes and local varieties. Their hugely talented young winemaker Lefteris Anagnostou crafts a small range of cuvées ranging from single vineyard wines though to multi-site blends using modern and ancient techniques.
Artemis Karamolegos Vinsanto 50cl 2009
Dense and complex aromas of dried fruits, chocolate, caramel, espresso coffee and nuts. Luscious on the palate, yet not cloying with “kicking” acidity levels. Exuberant and complex lingering finish. This mahogany colored wine-elixir concentrates all the special traits of Santorini’s unique terroir.
Assyrtiko 85% with 15% Aidani. Grapes are sourced from old vines averaging 100 years of age from vineyards in the villages of Megalochori, Pyrgos, Exo Gonia and Akrotiri.
The grapes are left to sun-dry in a traditional way for 9 to 14 days under the hot sun of Santorini in order to evaporate the juice losing their weight and concentrate their amount of sugar, acidity levels and flavors. Fermentation follows in tanks and lasts for several days. It stops spontaneously leaving a significant amount of residual sugars. Maturation takes place in old French oak barrels of 225lt and 500lt for at least 90 months