Wine-making can be traced here to before the eruption of its legendary volcano, more than 3,000 years ago
EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a vineyard and wine tour of Santorini

Bottling all the authenticity of an island renowned for its cosmopolitan charm, the wineries and vineyards of Santorini allow you to enjoy thousands of years of wine-making tradition. So settle back and prepare to be taken on a wine tour of Santorini
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Duration
2 - 5 hrs or a few days
Season
All year round

OVERVIEW

Enjoy a vineyard and wine tour of Santorini

When it comes to Old World wines, Santorini makes a special case for attention. Wine-making can be traced here to before the eruption of its legendary volcano, more than 3,000 years ago. So when you set out on a wine tour of Santorini, you do so in the knowledge that its viticulture roots run very deep. 

Deeper even than the time of the phylloxera insect that decimated European vine roots in the late 19th century, but didn’t affect these vines because they were protected by the volcanic soil. 

More than 50 grape varieties grow in Santorini’s vineyards – chief among them the island’s famous, crisp white award-winner Assyrtiko and the PDO-protected sweet Vinsanto, made with sun-dried grapes and served as a liqueur. 

But beyond grape varieties and local history (amphorae and wine-making utensils have been found at the Prehistoric settlement of Akrotiri), the story of Santorini’s wineries is about the characters who run them and their traditions. 

The ancient pruning system that curls vines into kouloures (baskets), protecting them from winds and intense sunlight and allowing them to absorb more water, can be found all around the island. And the subterranean arched cellars, known as kanaves, are still part of the architecture of many vineyards. 

As well as touring the wineries and cellars, you’ll enjoy wine-tasting accompanied by local cheese and cold cuts. So much so that when you’re home and you pop a cork of one of the bottles you’ve taken back with you, you’ll be taken right back to the vines and the people who produced them.

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DON'T MISS

A wine tour of Santorini

There are around a dozen vineyards and wineries that can be visited, either individually or as part of a wider Santorini wine tour. 

Oia

Switch the whitewashed elegance of cosmopolitan Oia with the greenery and authenticity of a vineyard in just a few kilometres. Amongst them is Domaine Sigalas, a short walk away. 
 

Caldera wineries

What more incredible backdrop could there be to a winery than the caldera? The vineyards here are grown in terraces around Megalochori and Pyrgos Kallistis. There are a number of options, amongst them Santo Wines (a cooperative with more than 1,200 members) as well as Venetsanos, Boutaris and Gavalas wineries. 

The villages

If it’s an authentic village setting you’re after, then head to the settlements of Episkopi Gonias or Vothanas. You’ll find wineries such as Argyros Estate and the Koutsoyannopoulos Winery & Wine Museum, built in a cave 8m below ground and with a labyrinth of tunnels reaching 300m that showcase wine-growing scenes from the 17th century. 

Kamari

Over on the eastern side are vineyards, with a very different sea view. Amongst the wineries here is Gaia Wines, midway between Kamari and Monolithos and situated right by the beach.  

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What wineries in Santorini are open to the public?

  • Domaine Sigalas is 2km (10mins) by taxi and 35mins by foot from the centre of Oia.
  • Santo Wines, Venetsanos, Boutaris and Gavalas wineries are all within 2.6km of each other and can be reached on foot and are around 20km (30mins) from Oia.
  • Koutsogiannopoulos Winery & Wine Museum and Argyros Estate are 20km (30mins) from Oia, 8km (15mins) from Thera and 2km (5mins) from Kamari.
  • Gaia Wines is 2km (5mins) from Kamari, 9km (15mins) from Thera and 20km (30mins) from Oia.

Santorini is also covered by an extensive public bus service. More info

What is the best time to visit Santorini’s vineyards and wineries?

  • Santorini’s wineries can be visited all year round, with the exception of Gaia Wines (April-October). 
  • In April-May, grapes begin to come through on the vines and vineyards are at their most atmospheric.

The harvest period is August - September.

  • Autumn
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Winter

How long do you need for a winery tour in Santorini?

  • You can visit a single vineyard, including wine-tasting, in 2-3 hours.
  • Organised tours that visit 2-3 vineyards last 4-5hrs. 
  • If you all visit the wineries mentioned (and perhaps others) it will take you 2-3 days.  

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