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Wine Tasting in Santorini

By Viator, May 2014

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In spite of its inhospitable landscape, craggy Santorini produces quality wines thanks to the climactic conditions found in the Aegean Islands; a rocky, volcanic soil combined with hot and sunny summers, humid night-time temperatures, and mild, dry winters. 

However, summers on the island are virtually without rainfall and to combat this, vines are grown close to the ground, coiled around themselves in ‘baskets’ that are able to trap moisture overnight. The roots go down deep to extract nutrients from the rich volcanic soil but thanks to the unstable structure of this mixture of ash, sand, pumice and lava, all cultivating and harvesting is still done by hand. The grape crop is transported from the fields by donkey.

Santorini’s grape harvest can be destroyed by hot winds blowing in from north Africa, so most of the vineyards are found in the lee of Mount Profitis Ilias, which rises 1,857 ft (566 m) above the sea in the south of the island. Despite all these issues, it has been a center of wine production for thousands of years. 

The Santo co-operative winery rescued the industry in the 1990s when Santorini went through its tourism boom and farmland was being sold off at an alarming rate to build hotels and apartments. Today the co-op buys grapes in from small growers and pays them to keep producing. The island’s best-known wine is Vinsanto, the sweet white made from grapes dried in the sun so the sugar condenses. Oak-aged white Nykteri and citrusy Assyrtiko wines are also produced here along with a small number of reds. 

Happily there are plenty of bars and tavernas scattered across Santorini in which to taste the 36 wines produced by the 10 different winemakers. A newly devised Wine Road runs north to south on the island, passing all the local wineries en route in a concerted effort to promote wine tourism to visitors. Several of the producers have canavas (cellars) that open to the public for sampling and buying, including Gavalas and Argyros, both signposted off the Wine Road. Wine-tasting visits can be made independently or as part of private driving tours around the island.

Tours & Tickets

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Small-Group Santorini Wine Tasting and Vineyard Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

Sip your way around Santorini on a 4-hour wine tour of the island, visiting three traditional wineries! While savoring up to 12 different varietals made from ...  Read more

Location: Santorini, Greece
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.95

Ancient Akrotiri and Santorini Wineries Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

Venture around the ancient ruins of Akrotiri on a walking tour, and then spend the afternoon sipping crisp Santorini wine during visits to three island ...  Read more

Location: Santorini, Greece
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $162.42

Santorini Shore Excursion: Private Caldera, Traditional Winery and Oia Village Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

See the highlights of Santorini on an 5 hours shore excursion, and explore the island from its half-submerged volcanic caldera to the summit of its highest ...  Read more

Location: Santorini, Greece
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.97

Santorini Sunset Dinner Cruise Including Nea Kameni Visit and Wine Tasting

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 8 Reviews

Cruise around Santorini to a winery, enjoy free time at Nea Kameni volcano, languish in the hot springs, and watch the sun fade over the island on a sunset ...  Read more

Location: Santorini, Greece
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $103.95

Santorini Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Oia and Fira, including Museum of Prehistoric Thira and Wine Tasting

On this private shore excursion from the Santorini port, you will cover all the top sights of the island. Start your tour at a local winery, where you’ll ...  Read more

Location: Santorini, Greece
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $162.42

Santorini Small-Group Cooking Class and Wine Tasting

Discover the crisp volcanic wine of Santorini and learn how to cook melt-in-the-mouth Greek dishes on a 5-hour food and wine tour of the island! With a ...  Read more

Location: Santorini, Greece
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $162.42

Santorini Shore Excursion: Private Wine Tasting and Vineyard Tour

Leave your cruise ship at Santorini Port, and sip your way around the island on a private morning or sunset wine tour! The 4-hour shore excursion includes ...  Read more

Location: Santorini, Greece
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $108.27

Private Tour: Santorini Wine Tasting Tour Including Greek Meal

Combine a Santorini wine tour with a meal at a beachfront restaurant on a 4-hour private tour! After visiting a volcanic winery and a family-run wine cellar ...  Read more

Location: Santorini, Greece
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $140.76

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