Wine Tasting Experiences
Santorini is a world-famous destination due to its striking landscape, azure waters, and top-notch accommodation and restaurants.
However, the island also constitutes one of the most significant national winemakers. Santorini’s volcanic soils, pre-phylloxera vines, and the one-of-a-kind Assyrtiko grape are the main factors that make the island the ideal destination for wine-tasting experiences.
The range of tours offered in Santorini for wine tasting is so wide that you can book an experience based exclusively on that.
Best wine-tasting tour
We strongly recommend booking the Greek Wine Tasting Experience with 3 Winery Visits and Transfers.
It is one of the most popular among visitors and has one of the highest ratings.
By participating in this guided experience, you will have the chance to travel across quaint scenery, pay a visit to three local wineries, and try multiple wines paired with local side dishes.
More specifically, after the pickup from your accommodation, you will explore volcanic vineyards and unique wine cellars under the guidance of an expert guide. You will be informed about the distinct viticulture of Santorini, which produces some of the top crispy and sweet wines in the region of the Mediterranean.
You will then be offered glasses of the major wine varieties on the island. The most renowned are Assyrtiko, Nykteri, and Vinsanto. Pairings of snacks, including local treats, are also offered.
At the end of the tour, you can admire the picturesque countryside and seaside scenery while being transferred back to your accommodation.
Depending on the time of your tour, you may also witness the enchanting sunset.
The island boasts several high-quality wineries that welcome guests who want to get a taste of the local splendid wines every year.
Alternatively, you can visit the wineries independently:
• Art Space Winery in Exo Gonia is nestled in an underground cave. The wines are produced from organic vineyards and are considered high-quality. Except for a winery, the venue also functions as a museum and an art gallery.
• Santo Winery in Pyrgos, guests can take a guided tour showing the process of vinification and aging of the wine, and taste award-winning wines. In addition to that, the area offers extraordinary views of the Caldera and the sea.
• Venetsanos Winery in Megalochori is not producing wine anymore but is one of the most popular places for wine-tasting with a terrific view. The site also boasts old contraptions and a room for video presentations.
• Argyros Estate in Mesa Gonia is one of the oldest wineries on the island. The vinery covers an area of approximately 65 acres and produces grapes of indigenous and ancient varieties. The winery was chosen as one of the top 100 wineries globally by Wine and Spirits Magazine in 2005 and 2006.
• Artemis Karamolegos Winery in Exo Gonia is one of the biggest in Santorini. Since 2004 it has been producing and exporting Santorinian wines to the whole world and has been awarded numerous times for its products. Many of their wines are PDO (Protected Designation of Origin).
• At Koutsogiannopoulos Wine Museum in Vothonas, guests have the opportunity to learn about each step of the winemaking process and admire rare tools and machinery before heading to a uniquely designed area for wine tasting.
Wine Tasting Combos
We have additional tours to suggest to wine lovers? of course, they include visiting some of the wineries and savoring multiple wines.
Our first recommendation provides you with an air-conditioned vehicle that will transfer you to three wineries, Venetsanos Winery, Koutsogiannopoulos Wine Museum, and Argyros Estate. Each winery offers four different wines accompanied by snacks for visitors to try. You will also gain knowledge about wine-related topics and learn each establishment’s history. The duration of the tour is 4.5 hours.
The second suggestion offers tasting at least 14 different wines and sampling local seafood, produce, and cheese. After visiting a local brewery and tasting three different beers, you will pay a visit to Art Space Winery, where the wine cellars are situated in an underground cave. Then, you will head to Argyros Estate, a sleek establishment with a modern aesthetic that still adheres to traditional wine-making processes. Your last stop will be Venetsanos Winery, the premises of which offer a marvelous vista of the Caldera. The tour lasts around 4.5 hours.
Last but not least, this tour allows you to integrate wine tasting into a full-day guided tour in Santorini. You will taste local wine and learn about a unique pruning technique, but also discover the highlights of the island, explore Pyrgos and Emporio villages, see Perissa black sand beach, and admire Oia at sunset. The tour includes pickup and drop-off at your hotel, and its duration is 9 hours.
For those who want to combine wine-tasting with other activities, there’s a plethora of tours that engage visitors in wine-tasting along with cooking and dining.