Santorini is a well known wine tourism destination. Therefore it's no surprise the existence of well organised wineries which enable you to be acquainted at a deeper level with the wine making process, as well as noteworthy restaurants that through their wine lists offer comprehensive proposals to those who want to sample the island's "wine treasures".
Some of the wineries, local or non local producers, we recommend you to visit are:
Santo Wines: This is the largest (in capacity) and most modern winery on the island. With more than 1.000 members, the Union of Thira's Products Cooperations is today the largest producer of wine. Its new winery in Pyrgos welcomes hundreds of visitors each year and heas a shop where you can buy local products (tel. +30 22860 22596).
Sigalas Estate: This winery has known a significant growth since 1991 and you can visit it in Baxedes. Its wines have won awards in many competitions ( +30 22860 71644).
Argyros Estate: One of the most important vineyards in Santorini in an estate founded in 1903 at Episkopi. In a new location of the vineyard you can see the oldest roots of the assyrtiko variety (tel. +30 22860 31489, Monday-Saturday: 09.00-20.00, Sunday: 10.00-17.00).
Gaia Winery: This important winery is located in Exo Gonia of Santorini, found in a great location next to the sea and is open to the public from May to October. It is housed in an industrial building made of stone, where tomato paste and sundried tomatoes were produced in the beginning of the last century. This building took on a new life and was transformed into one of the most interesting wineries worth-visiting. The company is a leader in exports among the Greek wineries, as it exports 65% of its production and is also active in Nemea zone (Agiorgitiko), where it has a production unit (tel.+30 22860 34186, Daily: 11.00-19.00)
Koutsoyannopoulos Winery & Wine Museum: Visit the Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum in Vothonas, the only cave museum in Greece, to learn all there is to know about the wine's stages of production and sample its different flavours and colours. At the end of the tour, you will have the chance to taste four of the best wines of the Koutsoyannopoulos winery, in a specially designed tasting room (+30 22860 31322).
Hatzidakis Winery: With major awards to its credit, the island's smallest winery shows that "size doesn't matter". The winery moved in a new location, where you can participate in wine tasting sessions and relish the cool breeze of the atmospheric cave cellars. (tel. +30 22860 32466).
Vassaltis: The newest winery in Santorini is located in Vourvoulos and is housed in an impressive space that celebrates modern and minimalist visuals. (+30 22860 22211)
Venetsanos Vinery: The first industrial winery on the island, whose history begins in 1947, is located in Megalochori and has dreamy views of the Caldera. The tour here starts with a tour of the facilities of the Winery to introduce you to its microcosm. When your tour is completed, wine tasting follows. (+30 22860 21100)