Winery to Watch 2017

Greece: Venetsanos

Ioanna Vamvakouri has made wine on Santorini since 2000, first at Santo Wines, then Boutari. She started her own project in 2014, renovating Venetsanos, the island’s oldest commercial winery, in time for the 2015 harvest. She’s taken just a corner of it to vinify her own wines, working with fruit from the Venetsanos family’s vineyards. Both of her 2015s, a Santorini and a Nykteri, are elegant yet markedly stony, salty and firm—the sort of balance and power that brings to mind great Chablis.

Imported by Cava Spiliadis, Astoria, NY.