Just like the magma pouring out of the volcano consisting of unique components, Santorini’s wine stands out from all other wines in the world, telling a different story each time, a favorite tale filled with love, passion and laughter, textures and sceneries of incredible lands.
Lands that have been blessed with volcanic soil containing high concentrations of nutrients and minerals not easily found elsewhere.
But what kind of grapes are produced from the exceptional soil of Santorini?
Well, when it comes to white grapes you’ll be astound by the noble white grape of Assyrtiko, the classic ancient Greek variety of Athiri and the aromatic variety of Aidani. If again you prefer the red grape varieties be swept off your feet with the protected, as an endangered variety of Mavrotragano grapes and Mandilaria grapes whose origin has been lost through the centuries.
Mixing and matching the characteristic of various unique regional grapes, Santorini has become home of 3 wines bearing a designation of origin of superior quality, Assyrtiko, Nychteri and Vinsanto.
Assyrtiko has been named after the grape variety that captures the unique morphology and volcanic character of the land first in its seeds, then in the fruit itself and eventually in the wine.
Named after its winemaking tradition, usually taking place overnight, Nychteri is an exceptional wine that has been aged in wood for a long period of time.
Last but not least, the traditional Vinsanto of Santorini influenced by the Tuscan sweet wine Vin Santo and linked to the island’s modern history is known all over the world for its unique taste, body and flavor.
A set of flavors spreading over the island’s dramatic landscape through some of the most exceptional Santorini vineyards that all have one thing in common, a carefully developed heritage.
A great number of Santorini vineyards and wineries, each with a very different winemaking tradition and culture.
A winemaking tradition worth exploring as you visit one by one the island’s top Santorini wineries listed under our Santorini winery guide below.
Was established in 1992 in Pyrgos and enjoys other than its reputation, the most breathtaking views to the emerald sea and the awe-inspiring caldera. It is a very modern winery using pioneering wine producing methods and it is built in layers just like the ground levels of cultivation in order to save on energy. Guided tours as well as events of all kinds can be organized at the premises.
In Megalochori has been to the family for more than 300 years and it is famous for the exotic white wine Katsano as well as the unique wine tours.
This winery in Exo Gonia has been in production since 1952, it was later on renamed to SantoWines and in 1999 it was transformed to its current form, the Art Space Winery, a winery, art gallery and museum worth visiting.
The famous Boutari winery was established in 1989 in Megalochori reflecting the island’s strong and flourishing wine-making tradition. Today it is open to the public for guided tours.
The Antoniou Winery near the port doesn’t operate as a winery anymore but as a wine tasting spot where you can take a look around and taste some fine quality wines.
Was established in 1903 in Mesa Gonia and it has been one of the oldest wineries on the island as well as one of the top award recipients for its excellent wine varieties. The estate was also chosen by Katikies Group when in 2014 the Katikies group bought 2000 vineyards out of the 3000 vineyards of the VS Estate and with the help of Argyros Estate proceeded to the production of Katikies Pure, a dry, white, 100% Assyrtiko wine.
Built in 1947 by the Venetsanos family, the Venetsanos winery was the first industrial winery on the island of Santorini. Set above the port of Athinios, the winery boasts some of the most incredible views to the Caldera. With a very long tradition in wine production, the Venetsanos family also exported its wine especially to Russia. The winery itself stands out for its unique architectural structure and efficient energy use. Today it is worth visiting to unravel important parts of history and tradition, learn some new wine making techniques and taste some of the family’s exceptional wines.
In Mesa Gonia is a family-owned winery that was established in 1836. Since then it has been producing some of the most famous wines on the island. It is open to the public for wine tasting and wine making tours as well as traditional feasts at the estate’s restaurant. Canava Roussos also operates as a cultural center hosting exhibitions and performances showcasing the island’s rich cultural heritage.
In Vrahies was established in an old tomato factory in 1994 and became known for the Thalassitis wine, a superior quality dry white wine resembling a therapeutic elixir of the ancient times made of wine and sea water.
Right outside Pyrgos has been established by the Hatzidakis family with an extra sense of warmth and belonging and it is well known for the small production of high quality wines.
Besides the aforementioned wineries, Artemis Karamolegkos, Vassaltis Vineyards, Sigalas Estate, Venetsanou, the Volcan Wines, Halaris Winery and Heliopoulos Winery also produce superior quality wines and are definitely worth visiting.
The “lava nectar” of Santorini flows freely through the land, filling the air with aromas that awaken memories of a summer day on the beach, a spring valley of flowers, a view to the sunset through the fog of the fall, a burning fireplace by the Christmas tree. Depending on your experience which Santorinian wine would you choose?
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