Santorini, Greece

The Island of Sun and Wine

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Vaios Panagiotoulas

Vaios Panagiotoulas - Our Santorini Expert

Caldera sunsets and history; food, wine and quality product crops, all coming from volcanic soils; these are all reasons why Santorini is an ones in a lifetime experience! 

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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...

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.

WHEN TO GO AND FOR HOW LONG?

Best time to visit is in May and September and it's worth staying least 3 days.

WHERE TO GO?

  • The oldest wine region on the Island is Megalohori with panoramic views of the south part of the Island
  • Emporio village to walk through the venetian castles
  • Profitis Elias monastery to see the island from the highest point
  • Oia’s village and walk through the main pedestrian street which ends across the top of the cliff and connects it with many local branches

DON'T MISS

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Santorini Full Day Wine Tour

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Santorini Half Day Wine Tour

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Half-Day Santorini Island Private Wine Tour

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Santorini Wine Lover Tour

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Santorini Wine Lover Tour

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Half-Day Santorini Panorama and Wine Tasting Tour

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Santorini Trails of History and Wine

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Santorini Wine Adventure

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Private Santorini Hidden Treats

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Private Santorini Cooking and Tasting Experience

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All-Inclusive Cooking Class in Santorini

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Santorini Cooking Lesson with Dinner & Museum Tour

from $ 83 per night

Loizos Stylish Residences

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Morfes Luxury Residence

Archipel Mansion

Our choice of restaurants

Feggera Restaurant - Santorini $$

"Old fashioned" Greek cuisine made from locally sourced ingredients, enjoyed in a charming traditional mansion with astonishing views towards...

  Megalochori, Greece
  +30 22860 82930

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Nichteri Restaurant - Santorini $$

Contemporary Greek - Mediterranean cuisine

  Kamari Beach Road, Nymfon Kamari 847 00, Kamari, Greece
  +030 22860 33480

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Selene Restaurant - Santorini $$$

Gourmet restaurant, considered one of the best restaurants in Santorini area.

  Agiou Mina, Pyrgos 84700, Greece
  +30 22860 22249

 Website

Red Bicycle Restaurant - Santorini $$$

Enjoy gourmet Mediterranean cuisine, "hand-crafted with extreme care and attention, from basic raw ingredients".  The view from the...

  Oia Santorini,84702 Greece
  +30 2286071918

 Website

GRAPE VARIETIES

The island of Santorini is most famously known for its indigenous white grape varieties Assyrtiko, Athiri and Aidani, though some wines made from international varieties and also from indigenous red grapes such as Mandalieria and Mavrotragano can be found.

TOP PRODUCERS

Argyros Estate, Santo wines, Hatzidakis Winery, Gavalas Estate, Sigalas Estate

CLIMATE

The climate in Santorini is typical of the Mediterranean climate: generally extended periods of sunshine throughout most of the year, relatively warm and dry summers and mild and rainy winters.

The area is subjected to strong winds coming off the oceans which can damage the vines and grapes if they are not trained low to the ground for protection. 

SOIL

The vineyard soils of the region are very poor, composed of volcanic ash and rocks. The calcareous subsoils are porous which helps to retain some of the humidity in the air and release it as moisture in the night for the vines to utilize.

How to get there

By Ferry boat in 8 hours from Pireus port.

By plane 35 minutes flight from Athens International airport.  

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