Greek pro­duc­ers bat­tle steep As­syr­tiko price hikes

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Prices for As­syr­tiko grapes on the is­land of San­torini have risen to € 5 per kilo this year, up from € 3.40 in 2017.

There is now con­cern that the mar­ket might say ‘enough is enough’, ac­cord­ing to Yian­nis Valam­bous, of Vas­saltis Win­ery.

Grow­ers blame 2018’s low har­vest for price hikes, caused by a 50% drop in rain­fall this year, as well as San­torini’s high pro­por­tion of old, low-yield­ing vines.

Some, such as Do­maine Si­galas, are even re­ject­ing San­torini’s his­toric ‘bas­ket’ vine train­ing method in favour of trel­lis­ing and Guyot prun­ing to boost yields.

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