Speaking of Santorini, the first thing that comes to our mind is the volcanic nature of the island, its cycladic architecture with the traditional whitewashed houses and its azure sea. Apart from all of these, Santorini Wineries is a must visit destination that you shouldn’t miss by any chance.
Santorini has a really long tradition in the art of viticulture, as the cultivation of vine on the island goes back 3.500 years ago. This is a conclusion based on the findings in Akrotiri excavation, indicating that vine cultivation and wine trading was one of the major activities of the prehistoric inhabitants of Santorini. Nowadays, vine culture continues to be a prosperous activity on the island, making Santorini Wineries have an international brand name. In the wineries of Santorini you can taste some of the most famous wines of Santorini and learn all about the procedure of winemaking.
Venetsanos Winery is located at Megalochori, right above the port of Athinios. The Winery has a spectacular view on the Caldera making it not only a wine destination, but an idyllic scenery as well. Venetsanos winery was founded by Venetsanos family in 1947 and it was the first industrial building among Santorini Wineries. Giorgos Venetsanos using the power of gravity succeeded to make the production of must a lot easier at a time when access to electricity was extremely limited. Venetsanos Winery remained closed for a long period of time between 1979-2014. Although the winemaking process is taking place at facilities near the old venetsanos winery, you can still enjoy wine tastings at the stone building of the old winery.
Santo Wines is actually a union of 1.200 cultivators of vineyards. The Winery of Santo Wines was completed in 1992 and is located at the village of Pyrgos, having a great view of the Aegean sea. The Winery’s unique multi-leveled architecture is combined perfectly with the tranquility of the natural environment. Furthermore, the great variety of wines in its cellar is one of the the most important assets of the winery, making it the ideal choice for a wine tour or tasting.
The estate Argyros was established by the Argyros family in 1903, although they already had a long tradition in winemaking. The contemporary winery of Argyros estate was built in 2015 at the area of Episkopi. The Argyros estate winery is one of the most imposing Santorini Wineries, combining innovative facilities with an idyllic landscape. There, you will have the chance to choose between a range of wine tour options. Additionally, on a tour in Argyros winery you will have a unique educational experience provided by the well trained staff working there. In addition, you can taste some local culinary delights combined with a glass of a pairing wine.
Domaine Sigalas is located at the beautiful Oia and is one of the most famous Santorini Wineries. Visiting the Winery you will find a vast selection of internationally acclaimed labels, which you can taste under the shadow of vine covered pergolas. There you can also taste some local specialities along with your wine and admire the famous sunset of Oia.
Moreover, if you want to learn even more about the history of viticulture in Santorini, you should definitely visit the unique Koutsoyannopoulos Museum, located at Vothonas. In the facilities of the museum are hosted exhibits since 1870 owned by the Koutsoyannopoulos family. The museum is located 8m underground, nested in a cave. In the natural labyrinth of the museum you will find representations of the wine making procedure across the centuries. At the end of your educational wine tour you will have the chance to taste four of the exquisite wines produced in Koutsoyannopoulos Winery.
In conclusion, a tour on Santorini Wineries is one of the best experiences that the island has to offer you. There you can learn all about the history of the wine on the island and taste some exquisite Santorini wines combined with local specialities.
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