The Island of Sun and Wine
Santorini is immune to phylloxera as its volcanic soils contain none of the clay that is necessary for parasite to survive. As a result, many of the roots found on the vines on Santorini are centuries old. The grape growers of Santorini use a unique bush-training system, known as koulara, to grow the grapes. As the vines grow, they are woven into baskets with the grapes facing toward the inside of the ring. The vine’s leaves and vine provide protection for the grapes from harsh winds and sunlight.
Nykteri wine: In Greek, the name means “working the night away” as it was traditionally harvested at night to avoid the hot temperatures and create a fine wine with little extraction from colour and exposure to air.
Vinsanto wine is an ancient winemaking tradition of Santorini that dates back thousands of years and represents an important part of Santorini’s history.
Best time to visit is in May and September and it's worth staying least 3 days.
At Winerist, finding the perfect wine tours and experiences to enhance your holiday is what we do best. See below for our top picks of the region from short, gourmet tours of the city, to full-day activities, like cycling around vineyards with an expert guide and a sumptuous picnic. The choice is yours…
We’ve teamed up with some of the best wineries in the region to bring that extra special something to your visit. From centuries-old Châteaux to brand new wineries at the cutting edge of production, we’ve got winery tours to suit every palate and personality.
Whether you’re after a quaint little local bolt hole for the night or the full, wine spa and hotel experience complete with michelin-starred restaurants, here are our hand-picked partners to make sure that your stay is pitched exactly to your budget and tastes.