After pickup from your Santorini hotel, the port, or a central island location, settle inside a luxury, air-conditioned minivan with your guide, who is also an expert sommelier.
Then, head into the rugged countryside to visit three carefully selected family-owned wineries, each distinctive for its architecture and red and white wines. As you travel, hear about Santorini’s long history of winemaking: archaeological evidence suggests that vines have been grown here for almost 5,000 years.
On arrival at each estate, learn about its traditional or modernized winemaking processes, view the vineyards, and follow up with a delicious wine tasting. Sample the different wines as introduced by your sommelier or the estate’s wine host, and enjoy them with tasty local bites like Cycladic cheeses.
Learn about the indigenous grapes that go into each wine, and taste a total of 12 to 15 different wine styles over the course of your tour, including some direct from the barrel. As you taste, admire views over the vineyards and Santorini’s stunning landscapes, and swap tasting notes with your fellow wine lovers.
During your travels, hear fascinating background on local winemaking traditions from your guide, gaining a clear understanding of the magic that happens here between growing and bottling. Stop at a vineyard to see the island’s unique vine-growing methods close-up. Winemakers train vines into kouloura basket shapes on the soil to shelter the grapes from Santorini’s winds and sun, and counter the harshness of the volcanic soil.
After your winery visits, take a scenic tour of Santorini’s agricultural areas, where products like fava beans and cherry tomatoes also thrive in the volcanic soil.
Before your trip ends, receive an informative booklet on local viticulture, and a wine certificate as a keepsake. Then, finish your tour with a drop-off at the original departure point.