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Historical background: Canava Roussos at a glance
Canava Roussos, the oldest on Santorini, was founded in 1836 to produce high quality wines uniquely expressing the characters of the numerous varieties of Thiran grapes.
Decades of experience have passed from generation to generation so that, with consistency, continuity and absolute respect, expression is given to the island’s art of wine-making.
Today, Canava Roussos, faithfully adhering to the island’s traditions, values modern technology and aims at creating wines with individual tastes and bouquets, selecting fruit of the highest quality from the island’s select varieties: Asyrtiko, Athiri, Aidani, Mandilaria, Mavrathiro.
Old & New Winery.
Old Canava :
The old traditional kanava, or winery, of CANAVA ROUSSOS receives visitors and hosts wine-tasting tours as well as make wine.
At harvest-time, traditional wine-making methods are followed using authentic Santorini installations, allowing many visitors to see the “treading” and then “‘boiling” of the must in subterranean cisterns and huge barrels, and in some cases may actually experience the process.
The modern CANAVA ROUSSOS winery, housed in architecture harmonising with island customs, is the birthplace for the new generation of wines blending tradition and technology as seen in the stainless steel cisterns, the cherished press, refrigeration and bottling lines, but also the many oaken barrels.
Without underground springs and little rainfall, the island of Santorini is one of the most arid in the Aegean . A Mediterranean climate with intense sunshine, temperatures remain relatively high even through the winter. During the prolonged dry summers, the plants’ need for water is eased when the meltemi blows and mists of vaporised sea rise from the caldera and cover the island
The geology of Santorini is rich and diverse. Chalky layers, lava, schist, silica, iron and copper are some of the earth’s components on Thira; not entirely black, but white and yellow as well.
The ‘aspa’, or sandy volcanic surface, is fertile soil for many crops, but is especially preferred by the wine-grower. The low growing profile of the vines with essentially no trunk was adopted to better endure the high summer temperatures and prolonged aridity, with only the mists to bring moist relief. For the same reason, a Santorini vineyard is sparsely-planted and laid out in terraces to increase arable surface and hold any water from the meagre rainfall. Meanwhile, the protective wicker baskets, abelies , let the plants enjoy the benefits brought by the meltemi against the rising heat, without new fruit or the delicate skin of ripening grapes being damaged by fine sand driven by the fierce seasonal winds.
This grape-growing technique, adapted to the peculiarities of Santorini’s ecosystem, with cultivation practices responding to biological principles, has, for years, guaranteed long-yielding vines and good yearly harvests.
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