Greek producers battle steep Assyrtiko price hikes
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.