- Local, experienced, enologist, private guide
- Wine tasting of all the types of wines produced on Santorini
- Assortment of cheese and local bites to accompany the wine
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off service
- Food and beverages other than the ones included in the food tasting
- Gratuities (gratuity rates in Greece are around 10% of service cost)
Discover and experience the terroir-driven wines of Santorini
With this wonderful 4-hour island tour you will get to visit 3 award winning traditional wineries and taste all the types of different terroir-driven wines of Santorini.
While travelling by air-conditioned minibus you will first stop is an 80 year-old vineyard, where you will learn about the features of the volcanic soil, the climate, the local grapes and the “ambelia” - the ancient vine training technique of the island.
Your tour will continue to 3 family owned, award winning wineries where you will experience the versatility and the ageing potential of the Assyrtiko, the “king” grape of the island, and taste all the types of wines produced on Santorini along with cheese and local bites.
Santorini has the most distinguishing terroir of Greece. The vineyard of Santorini is 3.500 years old and thus it’s considered to be one of the oldest vineyards of the planet! Moreover, it’s self-rooted that means that it has never been affected by the phylloxera, the insect which had destroyed the European vine roots in the late 19th century.
The soil is of volcanic origin, porous, extremely poor in organic matters and full of minerals. Strong winds, lack of rainfall and high temperatures during summer make the life of vines difficult on the island. The vines absorb the water they need from the precious sea mist during spring and summer months, while they are trained in a basket shape with the aim to protect the grapes from the winds and the intense sunlight. This is an ancient pruning system that the locals call "kouloura" or "ambelia". There are more than 50 indigenous grapes on the island, but the white Assyrtiko dominates, accounting for about 80% of the vineyard.