For all those who want to enjoy a little of the local flavor of the island, a visit or two to the vineyards in Santorini is almost mandatory. The Santorini wines they are unique in the sense that, without fresh water supply and in the midst of an arid environment and hot wind for much of the year, the vines are grown in a particular way.

Vineyard in Santorini
Vineyard in Santorini

The plants they rarely exceed one meter in height and the irrigation that is administered to most of the vineyards is obtained from the distillation of the morning dew. Moisture is absorbed by volcanic pumice embedded in the lava rock.

Vineyard in Santorini
Vineyard in Santorini

All this means that, although an average of, let's say vineyard of the Rhone Valley, can produce as much as 4000 kilos of grapes per hectare, in Santorini, a maximum yield will be approximately 10% of this. Thus, Vine growers in Santorini should concentrate on producing quality wines, instead of those of mass consumption. There is a total, at last count, of 10 wineries on the Island, several of which have 'opened' wine tastings, certainly during the summer. Group visits are organized in several of them. Here we leave you a resumen of some of the wineries that offer tastings and visits:

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Antoniou Winery + 30 22860 23557: visits are organized by appointment
Boutari Winery +30 22860 81011 10.00: in summer open every day from 19.00am - XNUMXpm
Gavalas Vineyard +30 22860 82552: open from April 15 to the end of October from 10.00 - 20.00

Argyros Estate + 30 22860 31489: visits are organized by appointment
Canava Roussos +30 22860 31349 11.00: open from May to September every day from 19.00 - XNUMX
Art Space Argyros Canava +30 22860 32774: open every day from 11.00 until sunset; in winter, open from Monday to Friday from 10.00am to 16.00pm

Hatzidakis Winery + 30 22860 32552: visits are organized by appointment
Santo Wines +30 22860 22596: open from March to November from 10.00 - 20.00

Koutsogiannopoulos Winery +30 22860 31322: open from April to October from 12.00 - 20.00 and from November to March from 09.00 - 14.30 (except Sundays)

Sigalas Estate +30 22860 71644: open from June to August during the week from 10.00 - 19.00 and the weekend from 11.00 - 21.00

He has ffamous wine in Santorini is the Vinsanto, not to be confused with the Italian Santo Vino. Vinsanto wine has been produced since ancient times. Is a sweet, very aromatic wine made from sun-dried grapes, whose pulp is softened in oak barrels. In the Middle Ages, it was exported to various parts of the world (Istanbul, Venice, Trieste).

It was also very popular with travelers, as it was high in calories and resistant. From 1774 to 1840, it was also exported to the Black Sea area and Russia. After those years, the popularity of vinsanto wine has diminished, but nowadays it is again competitive and since the 2002 year, he has obtained the DOP title (Protected Designation of Origin).