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The history.

The company was founded in 1991, under the name SIGALAS WINERY Ltd. The winery was initially located in the traditional canava of the Sigalas family. In 1998, a new production, bottling and aging facility was constructed, located in a privately owned area. Since then, and after continuous investment in modernization and expansion of the facilities, the company has a processing and bottling production capacity of 300,000 bottles annually.

2003 was a milestone, since the shareholders of the company were increased, resulting in the increase of the financial capacity of the company. This is also the year when the company was renamed as DOMAINE SIGALAS S.A.

The wines are exported to Germany, France, Belgium, Austria, Holland, England, Cyprus, Switzerland, Hong-Kong, Shanghai, Sweden, Singapore, Australia, Brazil, USA and Canada.

Today, DOMAINE SIGALAS continues to implement its growth plan, based on the three principles on which it was created: a creative relationship with the traditions of the island of Santorini, technical savvy and quality.

Santorini is part of the island complex of Cyclades, located in the South Aegean. It has a surface area of 73 sq. km and is located at a geographical latitude between 36o 19’ 56’’ and 36o 28’ 40’’ N. and a geographical longitude between 25o 19’ 22’’ and 25o 29’ 13’’ E. The viticultural region of the island has a size of approximately 1,400 hectares, starting at sea level and ascending in terraces up to the caldera, which has a height of 150 to 250 meters above sea level depending on the location.

The vineyard.

The viticultural region of Santorini is ancient, with varieties that date back to antiquity. According to Mr. Doumas, professor of the University of Athens and head of the excavations in Akrotiri, archeological finds located in the pre-historic city of the Akrotiri, constitute definite proof of vineyards in Thira (Santorini), since the 17th century BC. This prehistoric viticultural region was destroyed in the huge volcano eruption, around 1620 BC.

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koulouri (bird’s nest) training.

The viticultural region was then resurrected on new volcanic soil, as part of the rehabitation of the island at approximately 1200 BC. One would not be exaggerating in saying that the viticultural region of Santorini is three thousand years old, given that up to the present day, it has seen uninterrupted cultivation, while the vine and the wine have been at the core of the financial, social and cultural life of the island.

The vines are classified as old vines (since they were not destroyed during the Phylloxera epidemic), and are over 50 years in age. The rejuvenation of the vineyards employs the same technique from antiquity to the present day, that of “kataboladi”. This is the technique in which in the place of the dead vine, a branch from an adjacent vine is planted in the soil (to an approximate depth of 30 cm).

This new vine, is left attached to the “parent vine” for the first years, and then after 3-5 years, when it has its own roots, is cut off from the parent vine, thus creating a new one. Of course, in order to safely use this rejuvenation technique, the vineyard must consist of old vines, in order to be safe from possible Phylloxera epidemics.

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logo graperoverThe Domaine Sigalas wines tasted by GrapeRover:

2011 Domaine Sigalas Assyrtiko/Athiri, PDO Santorini, 89 points.

11as-athwhite grapeclip75% assyrtiko, 25% athiri. (50+ yrs. old vines) organic.

vmlRegional: Bradada. World: sushi, crustaceans, tonnato vitello, veal, gravad lachs, cream cheeses.

logo graperoverStraw yellow with green flashes. Medium viscosity. Pleasant citrus nose with tempting zesty tones. Intriguing edgy palate of lemon and gooseberry with excellent structure and becoming acidity. Well balanced minerality of assyrtiko goes great with the round aromas of the athiri. Very refreshing, lasting finish.

 

 

2011 Domaine Sigalas Santorini, PDO Santorini, 92 points.

16santoriniwhite grapeclip100% assyrtiko. (50+ yrs. old vines) organic.

vmlRegional: Lobster saganaki. World: sushi, crustaceans, shellfish, flounder, fat fish, veal, pork collop, rillettes, cream cheeses.

logo graperoverBrilliant light straw-yellow. Medium viscosity. Elegant, crispy, zippy, lemon juice aromas,  Fine minerality mingles wonderfully with zesty citrus flavors, seamless harmony of rich fruit and acidity. Great, nervy flavour makes mouthfeel  outstanding and persistent. Superb quality for pleasant price.

 

 

 

2009 Domaine Sigalas Kavalieros, PDO Santorini, 90 points.

10kavalieroswhite grapeclip100% assyrtiko. (50+ yrs. old vines, single vineyard). organic.

wine barrel18 months on lees (inox).

vmlRegional: Garides limonato, World: sushi, shellfish, grilled fat fish, prawns risotto, charcuterie, spicy pork, veal.

logo graperoverBright, straw blonde color. Medium viscosity. Complex, zesty nose, with notes of citrus fruits (ripe lemon),  pleasantly herbaceous. Characteristic,  and minerality. Rich body with refreshing acidity and a long finish, with minerals dominating. Great value.

 

 

2010 Domaine Sigalas Assyrtiko fume, PDO Santorini, 92 points.

15vareliwhite grapeclip100% assyrtiko. (50+ yrs. old vines.) organic.

wine barrel6 months on French oak with lees.

vmlRegional: Taramosalata. World: sushi, smoked fish, roasted fat fish, charcuterie, cured pork, strong cheeses.

logo graperoverGolden yellow/green. Medium viscosity. Slightly oak perfumed nose with crisp lemony notes. Discreet presence of wood on a citrus background and an elegant whole, with balance, thickness, good acidity and lengthy finish. Excellent value!

 

 

2010 Domaine Sigalas Erithros Syros, PGI Cyclades. 88 points.

2erithrosred grape clip60% mavrotragano, 40% mandilaria. (60+ yrs. old vines) organic.

wine barrel12 months on French oak.

vmlRegional: Slow roasted goat. World: saddle of lamb or goat, spicy stews, grilled meat, veal liver, matured cheeses.

logo graperoverDeep ruby red. Dense viscosity. Expressive nose of ripe, dark forest fruit, supported by fine oaky tones. Charming dark fruit and herbal flavors go well together with some vanilla. Fleshy, round body with a polished structure. Lasting finish.

 

 

2008 Domaine Sigalas Mavrotragano, PGI Cyclades. 94 points.

20mavrotraganored grape clip100% mavrotragano. (50+ yrs. old vines) organic.

wine barrel18 months new French oak.

vmlRegional: Kleftiko, World: Roast leg of lamb, game, spicy casseroles, hearty pies, blue vein cheeses.

logo graperoverDeep ruby red. Dense viscosity. Alluring aromas of oriental spice and dark fruit like plum, blackberry and black currant.  Rich and gentle tannins, balanced acidity and complex aftertaste. Very complete wine, with years still to develop, not unlike a great Italian nebbiolo! Wonderfully lasting finish.

 

 

2004 Domaine Sigalas Apiliotis Mezzo, PGI Cyclades, 90 points.

4apiliotisred grape clip100% mandilaria. (50+ yrs. old vines) organic.

wine barrelsundried for 12 days, destemmed, 24 months old French oak.

vmlRegional: Chocolate Baklava. World: blue vein cheeses, chocolate desserts, tropical fruits.

logo graperoverDeep and rich red color, with a successful balance between sugars, tannins and acidity. With a strong and complex aftertaste.

 

 

2004 Domaine Sigalas Vinsanto. PDO Santorini, 94 points.

21vinsantowhite grapeclip75% assyrtiko, 25% aidani. (50+ yrs. old vines) organic.

wine barrelsundried for 12 days, destemmed, 24 months old French oak.

vmlRegional: Aspro-Mavro. World: blue vein cheeeses, foie gras, chocolate desserts, tropical fruits.

logo graperoverOrange-golden. Syrupi, dense viscosity. Rich and complex aroma with dominant aromas of dried and candied fruit. A must for special occasions!