The unique volcanic land of Santorini and its perfect climate lead to the production of high-quality products. However, the island is famous for its vineyards and wineries with a great history lost in the depths of time. The volcanic activity has made the soil very fertile and as a result, the agriculture of Santorini developed rapidly and became well-known all over the world.
The products of Santorini are of excellent quality but are produced in small quantities. The island specialized in wine and huge areas of vines can be seen on the island. Their branches are put in a way that makes them look like a basket. This way protects the wine trees from the high winds and the sun of the Cyclades.
Other agricultural products on which Santorini is specialized in are: the fava, a vegetable that looks smaller than a pea, a type of cherry tomato that only grows on Santorini which is the result of the lack of water and, finally, the kapari, a vegetable of the size of a pea which is used in the famous Greek Salad. The island of Santorini also produces a cheese made from goat's milk which is called chloro. Due to the volcanic past of the island, Santorini also sales products related to the lava such as the pumice stone.
As one of the most popular islands in Greece, Santorini has a great variety of restaurants and taverns. The best advice we can give concerning Greek food is to stay away from the commercial restaurants and try to find a traditional family tavern where the food is of better quality and much cheaper. In Santorini, the food specialty is the tomatokeftedes, a sort of tomato balls. The wide variety of Santorini products offers visitors many ideas for food, sweets, and gifts.
Wine and Wineries
Santorini specializes in wine production and is highly appreciated all over the world. Wine is among the most famous Santorini products and is always made in a traditional way. The wines are stored in the traditional kanaves (cellars). Some kanaves are well known and you can even test their wine: Boutari (Megalochori), Antoniou (Megalochori) Canava Roussos (Mesa Gonia), Koutsoyannopoulos (Messaria), Santo Wines (Pyrgos), Sigalas (Oia). It is a strong and tasty wine. There are of three kinds:
Brusko: Red / dry / strong
Nichteri: White / dry / strong
Vissando: Red / sweet / extremely strong (reminds the liqueur)