If you are a lover of all things vine and wine then Santorini will not only please because of its beaches, food, views and domes. We have already talked about the best cooking classes in Santorini, in this post, we are going all in on the best Santorini Wineries.
Santorini is well known for its Santorini Assyrtiko wine varieties but there are plenty more where that comes from. Delicious reds and whites produced from the amazing volcanic mineral soil and island’s climate that blesses the island full of rich goodness the Greek Gods themselves would be proud of. It is said that because of the arid climate, it forces the vine to send its roots deep into the earth to find life-giving water. The result is a veritable living monument of global cultural heritage, the world’s oldest self-rooted vineyards with a root system that can be traced back four centuries and which yield impressive dry whites and the amazing sweet Vinsanto.
The island has also fine-tuned the art of making wine that the 14 wineries in Santorini now produce awarding-winning wines that you will no doubt want to bring back with you when you do one of the vineyard or wine tours in Santorini.
Best Santorini Wineries
As Santorini wines have grown in popularity so has the tourism around touring the wineries in Santorini. “The rare wines that emerge from Santorini’s volcanic soil are much like the island’s people: voluptuous and over-the-top in manner, with a character which you either dislike instantly or adore forever. Wines that are whites but have the attitude of a red.” Touring the vineyards is done in a relaxed manner, and great respite from the hustle and bustle of crowds or tourist thoroughfare in Oia and Fira. After you explore the vineyards in Santorini, you will come to appreciate the wines served in many of the cool restaurants in Santorini.
Below are some of the Santorini wineries not to miss out on:
- Estate Argyros: This winery was established in 1903 and still very much family run. The Episkopi Gonia based winery is run by 4th-gen Matt Argyros whose 30ha of vineyards have some of the island’s oldest vines at over 150 years old. Planted with the heritage grape Assyritko.
- Karamolegos Winery: This family-run winery as has been running since 1952 and follows traditional ways of cultivating wines that has been in the family for generations. When you visit, you can taste award-winning wines that are left to mature in the barrels for 60 months. You can also get a taste of the wines in the Aroma Avlis restaurant located in the winery’s yard.
- Santo Wines: This winery is essentially run by its members of the Association Cooperatives of Theraic Products which was founded in 1947. Currently has over a thousand members including many vine growers in Santorini. Considered one of the first modern wineries in Santorini.
- Gaia Wines: Another one of Santorini’s modern wineries run by Yiannis Paraskevopoulos. They produce one of the island’s symbolic and renowned wines. The grapes from Gaia wines come from a variety of low-yield vineyards in Episkopi, Akrotiri and Pyrgos.
- Boutari: This is Greece’s first winery, established in 1879 and currently run for a 4th generation of the Boutari family. Boutari Santorini vineyards are planted with Aidani, Assyrtiko, Athiri and Mavrotragano grape varieties. Its winery in Santorini is also impressive from an architectural viewpoint, especially in the way it blends in effortlessly with its natural surroundings.
- Hatzidaski Winery: Haridimos Hatzidakis is the smallest wintery on the island but very much one of Santorini’s most successful winemakers.
Santorini Wine Tours
Escapes the tourist crowders and their selfie sticks for a relaxed affair and introduction into the world of Santorini wines. Learn about the Assyrtiko grape, Aidani, Athiri, Mavrotragano, Voudomato and many more varieties originating from this amazing island.
You will learn about the rocks that make up the soil, how the wine is cultivated, the type of vines on the island and much much more so you appreciate every sip as you get to the wine tasting stage.
I had also mentioned in my post on Santorini cooking classes, many of the itineraries offered by those classes while gastronomically oriented and may include cooking and wine pairing lessons in addition to vineyard tours. They usually last about 4-6 hours. So, to get the best of both worlds do one that includes both, particularly if you are short on time when visiting or say, doing a 3 day Santorini itinerary.
This 4.5-hour small group vineyard tour costs £110. It includes evening excursion, hilltop winery, tasting 12 wines, local cheese, tapas, and snacks tasting. Check availability here.
- Santorini Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting from Fira (small group up to 10)
The scenic winery at Fira gives you a quick highlight of Santorini in this 5-hour tour at £55. Get local guide, wine tasting, transportation in AC mini-van, bottled water, and the inclusion of taxes and surcharges. Check availability here.
Get insights about the ancient wine-making art at Santorini during this 3-hours tour at £55. The tourists will get transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle, free transportation for children under 4 years, local wine tasting with snacks, and visiting local vineyards and wine museum. Check availability here.
A distinctive wine guided excursion is 4-hours long, costing nearly £83. In this tour, you will get a local guide, wine tasting, hotel pick and drop, serving alcoholic beverages, etc. Check availability here.
Taste the unique blend of wines at Santorini in this 4-hour long tour at £133. The inclusions are wine tasting, local guide, bottled water, transportation by spacious AC Mini-Bus, pick up and drop off, etc. Check availability here.
Explore the wine culture of Santorini in this 5-hours tour priced at £83. Other things included are food tasting, wine tasting, bottled water, hotel pickup and drop, local guide, air-conditioned transportation, and all fee and taxes. Check availability here.
Enjoy some of the finest private and industrial wineries in this 4-hours tour priced at £78. You can also taste the sumptuous cheese and snacks, free drinks, insider tips from the locals, professional guidance by a private guide, spirit and wine tasting. Check availability here.
Get an insight into traditional to contemporary vineyards in this 5-hour small-group tour priced at £114. The tourists will learn about the art of wine-making, taste the wines paired with the snacks, tour capping is for 15 travelers, and enjoy the amazing sunset view. Check availability here.
Get pleasure in the scenic view and best wine in this 5-hour island tour priced at £91. The travelers will get a pick and drop facility for the hotel, port, Fira cable car, and airport. You will also get a complete tour of the city, walking tour, and services of a professional guide. Check availability here.
This wine tasting tour in Santorini is a 5-hour tour priced at £603 for a group of 6 people. You can enjoy on-board Wi-Fi, private transportation, English speaking driver, bottled water, shopping, etc. Check availability here.
Sway away by the beauty of vineyards in this 4-5 hours tour priced at £46. It includes maps, experienced local guide or driver, tasting 4 different wine varieties with a cheese platter, customized itinerary, etc. Check availability here.
This personalized 6-hours private wine tour will cost you around £73 with transportation in AC vehicle, Wi-Fi, bottled water, wine tasting, and includes taxes. Check availability here.
You will be visiting two famous wineries in this 4-hour tour namely Venetsanos and Argyros estate priced at £105. Other inclusive things are snacks, bottled water, private transportation in AC vehicle, and on-board Wi-Fi. Check availability here.
So has a trip to the wineries in Santorini been on your list of things to do in Santorini? Or, have you already had the pleasure of visiting the many cool vineyards in Santorini or walked through Greek wine cellars with assyrtiko in santorini already?
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