Santorini has a huge story about the wine. Because of the volcanic ground, Santorini has the best grapes for wine. It is true, just try the Assyrtiko wine and then you will understand me! In Santorini, the vines grow in tight bunches, packed close to the earth along the rocks, as if seeking as much shelter as they can get from the strong gusts of sea air.

Assyrtiko is white wine which the island has become known. A sip of the wine delivers a bracingly refreshing punch of citrus and the aromas that waft from its surface smell of the sea and the cliffs that surround the water. When you drink Assyrtiko, suddenly you will feel that you are in paradise, with many flowers and you will have the feeling that your heart is full of love and happiness!

If you think that Assyrtiko is known and “new entry” and the wine industry, you should know that Santorini’s culture goes back to ancient times during the rule of the Venetians between the fourteenth and sixteenth century. Santorini, was even producing some of the most amazing wine in all of Europe. And then, the Assyrtiko wine went out of style and Santorini wine fell off the map for a couple of hundred of years, with the island’s neighbors in Italy, France and Spain taking all the credit for fantastic wine.

Of course, for the story, in the twentieth century, greeks who went to America and open their restaurants, they have with them this wine and thats why, now, the Assyrtiko wine is the best known international.

In Santorini, there are many wineries to go for a tour. There, you are able to try, buy or (the most favorite) watch how the wine produced! You will see the steps and you will fall in love with it!

They exist many suggestions and many signs on the road about the wineries of Santorini but some of the wineries which you should be looking for are:


Gavalas winery

If you want to see a family winery, then go to the Gavalas winery. The Gavalas family know everything about the vines because they are hundreds of years there, in Santorini. They are produce the finest wines from the grapes which they have. Gavalas winery located on the dramatic cliffs near Megalochori, south of Fira. The visit there offers an indelible gulp on the winemaking industry of Santorini. Also you can take a look at their museum and vineyards!

Megalochori, Thira, Santorini, Greece +30 22860 82552


Estate Argyros

One of the most traditional wineries, Estate Argyros, is located at Thira from 1903. It is listed as one of the world’s 100 best wineries by the Wine & Spirits Magazine. The third generation of Argyros family, Yannis Argyros, is a specialist in the use of the highest quality grapes, including Assyrtiko, Mavrathira and Voudomato to make his award-winning dry whites and dessert wines.

You can find everywhere his wines because, Estate Argyros are exported all over the world!

Episkopi Gonia, Thira, Santorini, Greece, +30 22860 31489


Santo wines Winery

One winery which is opened since 1992 and uses a careful balance between modern technological innovation and traditional winemaking methods to create some of Santorini’s finest flavors. If you visit the Santo Wines Winery, you should go to the cliff-top terrace, where after the wine tour, you can try some of the award-winning vintages of the renowned dry white wines from Assyrtiko and Nykteri grapes, while drinking in the breathtaking views of the Aegean!

Pirgos, Thira, Santorini, Greece, +30 22860 28058


Canava Roussos

Here you can find the sweet wine Vinsanto and the delectable white Nykteri. Canava Roussos is nearly 200 years of careful grape growing and has the finest artistry and preparation techniques.

Also, you can go to the winery taverna and enjoy a traditional Greek feast, paired with carefully chosen vintages and spectracular sea views! Canava Roussos makes Santorini experience true!

Mesa Geitonia, Episkopi, Santorini, Greece, +30 22860 31278


Koutsogiannopoulos Wine Museum

Koutsogiannopoulos Wine Museum in Vothonas is 8 meters below the ground, into a labyrinth of history, where audio-guides in 14 languages give you a unique opportunity to learn about Santorini’s winemaking from 1660 to the present day! There, you can truly learn about the wine history and you cannot believe the amazing place you will visit!

Eparhiaki Odos Messarias - Archeas Thiras, Vothonas, Santorini, Greece +30 22860 31322