Santorini Wineries That Are Worth a Visit
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The wine on Santorini is different, due to the unique growing conditions on the island. Because the soil is volcanic, it gives the grapes that are grown here an interesting character. As a result of this, there is a great tradition of wine drinking here. While on the island, you’ll want to sample some. Sure, you can order local wines while you’re out, but you can also visit one of these wineries:
Santo Wines winery, located at Pyrgos Village, has been in operation since 1992. Santo Wines is the biggest wine producer of the island of Santorini. The winery was built on 5 different levels so that the building is in harmony with the surrounding environment, sited on the edge of Caldera in the middle of Santorini vineyard. Santo Wines is socially responsible and aims to support Santorini producers and to protect the Santorini vineyard and its unique grape varieties.
Wine tastings are offered and visitors can visit the Santo Wines shop where they can purchase local products including fava beans, tomatoes, capers, and preserves. Enjoy a glass of wine from the terrace of the winery which has great views of the Santorini volcano and the Aegean Sea.
The Boutari Winery in Santorini is one of its six estates in all of Greece. The Boutari company has played a leading role in the development of Greek wine making over 130 years. The Boutari Winery in Santorini is located on the road to Faros, past Akrotiri and first operated in 1989. It’s in the southern, “warm” side of the island. The winery is open to the public and visitors can take a complete guided tour. The varieties are mainly local white varieties such as Assyrtiko, Athiri, and Aidani.
Canava Roussos, founded in 1836, is the oldest winery on Santorini. Located at Episkopi – Mesa Gonia, Canava Roussos has daily visitors that can sample seven different wine products: Santorini Roussos, Nykteri Roussos, Rivari Roussos, Caldera Roussos, Athiri Roussos, Mavranthiro Roussos and Nama Roussos. During a visit, patrons can also enjoy a traditional taverna that serves Santorini recipes made with local produce. The special “Santorini Evenings” are dedicated to a more extensive sampling of wines that are served with complementary selections from a traditional menu. Canava Roussos also often hosts theater performances, concerts, and exhibitions.
The Hatzidakis winery is located in the village Pyrgos Kallistis and is built into the volcanic rock. The winery cultivates a total of 10 hectares of vineyards, at an altitude from 70 up to 350 meters, with mainly South or Southeast orientation and with the white varieties of Assyrtiko, Aidani and the red variety Mavrotragano. Organic farming is applied to all of the vineyards. The winery can be visited by appointment.
The winery of Domaine Sigalas can be found in Oia. The company was founded in 1991 under the name Sigalas Winery LTD. In 1998, a new production, bottling, and aging facility was constructed. The company was renamed Domaine Sigalas SA in 2003 and now has a processing and bottling production capacity of 300,000 bottles annually. The wines are exported to Germany, France, Belgium, Austria, Holland, England, Cyprus, Switzerland, Hong-Kong, Shanghai, Sweden, Singapore, Australia, Brazil, USA and Canada. Domaine Sigalas produces Assyrtiko, Aidani, Mandilaria, Athiri, and Mavrotragano varieties.
Volcan Wine Museum
The Volcan Wine Museum is worth a stop for wine lovers. It presents the history of wine and the life of vine-growers in Santorini from 1600-1970. The stages of the winemaking process and the whole range of machinery are presented in chronological order. Visitors can experience the stages of pruning and plowing of the vineyards, harvesting, stomping and weighing of the grapes. Lastly, visitors have the opportunity to taste four of the best wines produced at the winery.
This post was written by Greek Boston