Hatzidakis Vinsanto is a sweet wine cask made by the Hatzidakis winery with the native Assyrtiko and Aidani varieties in the PDO Santorini appellation of the island of Santorini (Greece).
Hatzidakis is a family winery founded in 1997 by one of the Greek greats, Haridimos Hatzidakis. It all started when his wife Constantina Chryssou showed him the vineyards in the village of Pyrgos abandoned by her family due to the last earthquake on the island in 1956. Haridimos decided to recover them, committing to the cultivation of native varieties and minimal intervention and the dream came true with some exceptional wines.
Hatzidakis Vinsanto originates from vineyards located on the outskirts of Pyrgus (Santorini) at an altitude of 150-300 meters above sea level. These are old centennial vines planted in volcanic soils. Organic agriculture is practiced with the use of natural raw materials and yield is limited to 20 hl/ha. The harvest is carried out manually when the grapes are overripe.
Before entering the winery, Hatzidakis Vinsanto grapes are left to dry in the sun for 15 days. Then they’re pressed and the must obtained is clarified and fermented with selected yeasts for 3 months in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 20-22°C. Finally, it ages for at least 7 years in French oak barrels.
Called Vinsanto, which is short for "Santorini wine", Hatzidakis Vinsanto consists of a sun-dried wine with a long tradition on the island. A historical wine which stays alive.