Complete your Santorini experience by visiting a winery and tasting the local wines. Here's the best Santorini wine tasting tours to choose from.
Wine Tasting in Santorini
Santorini is famous around the world for a few things: the volcano, the stunning sunsets with a view to the caldera, and the blue-domed white-washed houses.
There is one more thing in Santorini that you won’t always see in your friends’ photos but is really worth exploring, and that is Santorini wine.
There are several wineries in Santorini that are open to the public. While you can skip them and just taste the various wines on your own, you could also take a Santorini winery tour if you want to know more about wine-making in Santorini.
Like most of Greece, Santorini has some pretty distinctive grape varieties.
The mild Greek climate, combined with Santorini’s unique soil, has allowed for a few unique grape varieties to grow. Evidence shows that wine has been produced in Santorini for at least 3,500 years!
Wines of Santorini
The best known wine varieties in Santorini are Assyrtiko, Athiri and Aidani (whites) and Mandilaria, Mavrotragano and Voudomato (reds). They are high in alcohol content and intense in flavor.
While in Santorini, you will also come across a wine called Nichteri, a vintage wine made from Assyrtiko grapes. It took its name after the Greek word nichta (=night), as this type of wine was traditionally produced after dark.
Last, but not least, there is the sweet, world-famous Vinsanto (Vino di Santorini), made from all three types of white grapes, after they have been dried in the sun.
It takes about 10 kg of grapes to produce one litre of Vinsanto, and the wine needs a few months to ferment. This would be an ideal gift for a special occasion.
Wine Tasting in Santorini
There are several Santorini wine tours, all of which include a visit to a few wineries where the wine-making process is explained.
Some of them offer a full meal, some include platters of cheese and other delicacies, while it is also possible to combine your Santorini wine tour with a cooking class or some sightseeing.
It’s hard to go wrong whatever you decide, so choose the one that most suits your mood.
Santorini Wine Roads: Tour of 3 Wineries with a Sommelier
In this small group tour, you will be accompanied by an accomplished sommelier, who will explain to you the wine-making process. You will visit three wineries in different parts of the island, having the chance to see more of the unique landscape. Wine tasting will be accompanied by platters of local delicacies.
Santorini Half-Day Wine Adventure Tour
During this best-selling Santorini wine tour, you will get to visit three of the best Santorini wineries, and sample a selection of Greek wines, accompanied by a delicious cheese platter. Depending on season, this tour runs either in the morning, or in the afternoon. This wine tour can also be arranged as a private tour.
Exclusive Wine and Food Tour in Santorini
This half day tour includes some sightseeing, a winery visit, a full meal and a stop for coffee dessert. You will explore some of the less visited areas in Santorini, and have the chance to learn about vintage wines.
Santorini Cooking Class and Wine-Tasting Tour
If you want to learn a few things about Greek cooking while tasting the famous Santorini wines, this is the best option for you. Apart from visiting two wineries, you will also visit a vineyard, and learn about what makes Santorini’s wine so unique. During the cooking class, you will also get to sample some other Greek drinks, namely Ouzo and Raki, and learn a few Greek recipes to take back home.
Megalochori Village Walk: Farm Food Tasting & Winery Tour
This tour includes visits to two wineries, tasting of Greek delicacies and a visit to a farm. You will get to see an authentic side of Greece, and taste seasonal produce grown in the farm.
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