The largest wineries are Santo and Boutari,
which offer wine-tasting tours and presentations.
Santo winery's position
near Pyrgos, is wonderful and their wine-tastings on the terrace
are very popular at sunset. They offer tours and wine tastings.
Open from April to the end of November,10 am to sunset.
SantoWines is the biggest wine producer
of the island and receives more than 400,000 visitors yearly.
They own around 4000 acres of vineyards on Santorini. The modern
Santo Winery is built on five different levels, so energy
is saved by using gravity. The position of the winerie terrace
- on the edge of the caldera, makes it a perfect choice for weddings.
Assyrtiko vines are 80% of the total cultivated varieties and
produce wines of high acidity and full body, like Nykteri
and Assyrtiko. When these delicious grapes are sun-dried
they produce the dessert wine Visánto. It is a
wonderful sight at the end of the harvest to see the grapes laid
out on land overlooking the cliffs for ripening, these produce
the delicious sweet wine, Vinsanto. The grapes spend 7-10 days
drying in the sun, to further concentrate their juice.
Santo wines also grow red grape varieties: Mandilaria, Voudomato
and Mavrotragano, which produce red dry and sweet wines.
Boutari winery, in Megalohori, offers
tours, tastings and they will also show you the vineyard where
the luscious grapes that make the delicious Santorini wines grow.
The vineyard is 300 years old and one of the oldest in Greece..
The stunning modern state-of-the-art hospitality centre has an
interactive multi-media screening room. The winery also offers
a shuttle service that includes a Winery Tour with free transportation
between local hotels, so you can enjoy the wines without worrying
about driving back after the tastings.
Try Boutari's Kallisti, a fine wine made from Assyrtiko
vines and gently aged in French oak casks, and Boutari Santorini
, made using 100% Assyrtiko grapes and vinified in stainless-steel
There are smaller wineries around the island: Antoniou Winery
in Megalohori, Canava Roussos near Kamari,
Gaia Winemakers between Kamari and Monolithos, Gavalas
Vineyard near Megalohori, Hatzidakis near Pyrgos,
Sigalas near Oia and the fascinating Volcan Wine
Museum on the way to Kamari (the admission fee includes tastings).
Open noon to 7pm.
Wine making has been practised in Santorini for thousands of years
- evidence of this has been found at the ancient site of Akrotiri
with remains of burnt vines and grape decorations on the ceramics.
When you travel around the island you will spot signs to the wineroads,
and if you follow these you can view the acres of vines that are
grown to produce the island's wines.
The Santorini vines are cultivated close to the ground and grown
in low hand-woven baskets (known locally as ampelies) to provide
protection from the strong winds (known since ancient Greek times
as 'the etesians') and the high temperatures. The baskets also trap
moisture from the evening fog, providing micro-irrigation for the
The strong island winds have the advantage of blowing away any
pests and fungi. Santorini has phylloxera-free vineyards.