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Wineries picture in Santorini
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When conjuring up images of famous wine destinations, one might think of France or Italy, but believe it or not, Santorini is considered a premiere wine destination in Europe. That's because the soil in which the wine grows in Santorini, which is partially composed of volcanic sediment, creates an interesting flavor difficult to find elsewhere. Not only that, but here, vines trees are often formed into circles and grown on the ground (instead of propped upright in rows) to protect the crop from strong ocean winds.

Wineries can be found all over the island, but most are concentrated in central Santorini. Santo Wines in Pyrgos is the largest winery on the island and considered one of the most popular in Santorini. Other choice spots among travelers include Venetsanos Winery in Megalochori (about a half-mile south of Santo Wines) and Domaine Sigalas in Oia. Travelers also enjoyed the Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, found in Fira. Located in a cave, the museum showcases Santorini's history as a wine producer and offers visitors a tasting with their ticket. When visiting a winery, patrons tend to receive a complimentary snack, such as bread and cheese, along with their tasting. For those who may not have the time to make a day out of visiting wineries, many of Santorini's wines are featured in the island's restaurants. Ask your server about local wines or keep an eye out for Vinsanto (a dessert wine), Nychteri, or Assyrtiko, both of which are white wines.

Travelers interested in a multi-winery tour should look to those offered by Santorini Wine Adventure, Santorini Wine Tour or Viator. Multi-winery tours will definitely cost you, with many operators setting a minimum of $100. They’re also hours long, often taking up a half a day. If you don’t have as much time to spare, or don’t want to fork over the dough for a multi-winery tour, it’s a lot more cost effective to tour wineries individually. Boutari Winery, the first winery in Santorini, allows a winery four for 30 euros per person ($33.62). Domaine Sigalas also allows visitors to tour its vineyard.

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#1 Kamari Beach Santorini's volcanic history has led to the formation of some of the more unique beaches in the Greek Isles, and Kamari is no exception. Sitting about 4 miles southeast ... Read more » LeighAnnRahn / Getty Images

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Kamari Beach, located on Santorini's east coast, is a popular place to pull ashore and enjoy the Aegean sun. LeighAnnRahn / Getty Images

Some say Amoudi Bay provides the one of the best views of Santorini's landscape and surrounding water. Many small restaurants in this area serve up the fresh fish caught nearby. turtix / Getty Images

Hiking from the village of Fira to Oia is one of the most popular activities in Santorini. The hike takes about 4 hours and passes through four villages that sit along the caldera.  Ashok Sinha / Getty Images

The incredible ruins of Ancient Thera, which include ruins from Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine eras, rest high above the seashore. Gatsi / Getty Images

Santorini's wine is unique because it grows in volcanic soil, creating an interesting taste hard to find outside the island.  yoh4nn / Getty Images

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This ancient archaeological site, which was preserved by volcanic ash, is reopen to the public and now boasts a protective roof covering. cmart7327 / Getty Images

After a visit to Ancient Akrotiri, stop by the Museum of Prehistoric Thera, which houses numerous frescos and treasures excavated from the site.  wiseguy71 / Flickr

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