Mavrotragano almost disappeared completely before it was rediscovered in the 1990s by Santorini winemakers like Paris Sigalas and Haridimos Hatzidakis. Although today it covers only 2% of Santorini's vineyard area, that is slowly growing, and spreading to other parts of the country. Taste the best examples and you'll see why. It is often compared to Mourvèdre, the great grape of Bandol, and the wines do share a similar style - they are very full-bodied, with a deep, dark colour, masses of tannin and a brooding intensity. They can age for a decade at least.
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