In Santorini there might be lots of activities and places to visit, however a -must do- activity is a Wine tour . Are you ready for an adventurous day full of joy and flavors that will make your stay in Santorini unforgettable?
Visiting just one winery is not enough to appreciate what winemakers and nature can offer.
On this private tour, you’ll have the chance to visit more than one private wine factory and make many photos as you wish with the landscapes and the wines, so that your tour can be remarkable.
An adventurous day can begin with our first winery -to go which is no other than a traditional one. There you can learn about the specific conditions that are required for growing the grapes on the volcanic soil and discover the unique process of winemaking.
Therefore, you can visit a local vineyard, explore a vineyard with a guide and walk around wine cellars
At a first place, you will have the opportunity to see what it takes to grow the most ancient grape varieties in Europe, some dating back to more than 3600 years in history in this special wine-growing region of Greece. .
The unique climate of the island, rich in volcanic soil sustains our ancient selections. In fact, the grapes need little human intervention and literally grow on their own. The soil is the key and makes the wine even more particular, standing out from the rest not only in Greece but also worldwide. The secrets of quality wine making are passed down from one generation to the next.
Nowadays, you often see the winemakers’ children and grandchildren also devoted to wine production, contributing their ideas, especially on how to market the product.
There are over fifty grape varieties in Santorini, but winemakers generally use about ten of them.
Three of the most famous types of Santorinian wine that is worthy to give a try are:
- Assyrtiko (often under the trade name of ‘Santorini’),
- Nychteri (the ‘night’ wine)
- Vinsanto (Vino di Santo – ‘Santorinian Wine’).
(The ingredients are Athiri, Aidani and Assyrtiko grapes.)
Our second destination is going to be an underground Winery which is located up to the new port of Athinios.
It was built in 1947 by Venetsanos family and became the first industrial winery on the island.
Its most distinguished feature is the structural design, which essentially used gravity, facilitating energy efficiency, at a time when access to electricity and other energy sources was very limited.
Besides the great history in winemaking, it has the greatest view. The Caldera View.
At the balcony you can enjoy your wines and some flavors of the Cycladic cuisine such as:
Gravier Cheese, Cherry Tomato, Santorinian Fava, Dolmadaki, Smoked Chicken, Olives, Bread Stick, Burley Rask, Tomato Paste with Capers.
Our next stop will be in one of the most contemporary and innovative wineries of the island.
A dynamic team of Experts is on board with the winemaker who never shies from innovation & hospitality, while remaining true to the terroir of Santorini. The wines are made in a respectful way, using traditional, low intervention winemaking methods. The pure character of the grapes and the clear expression of Santorini place them at the highest ranks of international wine. There you’ll try a selection of 4 current vintage wines, accompanied by an assortment of fine Greek cheese and bread sticks.
Last destination for this full day tour will be an underground Wine Museum.
In about an hour you will see illustrations
you will hear in your own language (AUDIO GUIDE) you will tour the area watching performances of Santorini wine history and learning the wine culture of our country.
After your tour you’ll try 4 wines:
Asirtiko Koutsoyannopoulos (White dry)
Ampelones Koutsoyannopoulos (Red dry)
Kamaritis (10 years old Desert)
Vinsanto (3 years old Desert)
Join us! Here’s your chance to taste the Santorinian wine, which is exceptional and has a remarkable reputation worldwide by winning lots of awards abroad.
For all wine lovers, this Private tour offers a nice introduction to the indigenous grapes of Santorini . By the end of the tour you’ll have visited 4 of the most famous wineries and tasted 17 wines and some local tapas of the traditional Cycladic cuisine. Our last stop to the Underground Wine Museum is a great experience, especially for the kinds, that will leave you only a good taste and is one of a kind attraction!
Santorini has limited vineyards due to the small size of the island. For this reason, our grape varieties are nationally safeguarded, and winemakers must acquire specific knowledge and experience upon the winemaking. However, it won’t last forever…
* Pick up point & time may vary depending on the location of your accommodation
* Sunset Tour available until September 30th & Afternoon Tour available until October 15th