- Tours, Wineries/Breweries Type
- 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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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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