no alt text

Travel bucket list idea:

Last updated: 24 June, 2023
Expert travel writer: John Malathronas

Santorini’s arid, volcanic terrain produces some of Greece’s finest wines – a tradition that dates back more than 3,500 years. The practice of cultivating vines in niabelos (specially pruned baskets) to protect the grapes from the harsh winters also dates back centuries.

There are ten professional wineries and several smaller concessions on Santorini. The bone-dry, citrus-and-smoke Assyrtiko, Aidani and Athiri whites, and smooth, sweet Vin Santo are the island’s most famous exports.

Recommendations

4

Domaine Sigalas

Santorini, Greek Islands, Greece

Wine grape plants growing in front of a small winery building

One of Greece’s most groundbreaking winemakers, on a verdant plain below Oia. A youthful team talk guests through the estate’s award-winning wines, paired with delicious meze from the Cyclades.

Min age 18

Best for ages 18+

Website >
More details >

Estate Argyros

Santorini, Greek Islands, Greece

Vineyard with hills in the background

This family-run estate is one of the oldest vineyards on Santorini. Located in remote Episkopi Gonia, this picturesque winery uses only indigenous grapes such as Assyrtiko, Athiri, Aidani, Mandilaria, Mavrathiro, Mavrotragano and Voudomato.

Min age 18

Best for ages 18+

Website >
More details >

Gaia winery

Santorini, Greek Islands, Greece

Gaia winery

This small winery, in a converted tomato factory by the sea, produces crisp white Thalassitis. Its aromatic oak-aged Assyrtiko vinegar is less well known but equally delicious.

Min age 18

Best for ages 18+

Website >
More details >

Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum

Santorini, Greek Islands, Greece

Entrance alley of red and white Wine museum and vinery buildings

This small but interesting museum outside Kamari offers great insights regarding Santorini’s unique viniculture: and 400 years if wine-making history. You can sample the winery’s offerings, too. Here the vines are twisted into crown-shaped baskets so the grapes are protected from harsh winter winds.

Adult price: £12

Best for ages 18+

Website >
More details >

Logistics

Price: Free
Minimum age: 18
Age suitable: 18+
When: All year around
Duration: 1+ hours

Getting there & doing it

All wineries can be visited independently; booking ahead isn’t usually necessary. Many wineries offer guided tours and tastings led by their own staff. If you’re interested in learning more about the island’s long history of viticulture, and sampling wines from several different estates, it’s better to book a tour.

handy list of Santorini’s 10 or so wineries can be found on the Island Guide website

When to do it

Vineyards generally open daily for visitors from April to October. Opening times for tastings varies by vineyard. Go late afternoon or early evening, to avoid drinking during the midday heat.

Who to go with: organised tours

5

Our selection of the best Viator tours of this attraction or activity

Santorini Wine Adventure in 3 Wineries with 12 Tastings and Tapas

Saronic Gulf Islands

Santorini Wine Adventure in 3 Wineries with 12 Tastings and Tapas
Sip your way around Santorini on a half-day wine tour, visiting three traditional wineries dotted around the picturesque island. While savoring up to 12 different varietals made from grapes such as the indigenous Assyrtiko, learn all about the island’s unique viticulture that produces some of the crispest whites and seductively sweet wines in the Mediterranean. Walk around a volcanic vineyard, explore the wineries' cellars and enjoy a platter of local cheese to eat alongside the wine.

Price: €155

Min age: 18

Rating 4.95 / 5 [967 ratings]

Tour supplied by:

Viator Logo

Santorini Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting from Fira (small group up to 10)

Santorini

Santorini Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting from Fira (small group up to 10)
(small group) Experience Santorini’s finest with this 4,5-hour tour which is customized for small groups of 6 to 10 guests. Ease into the day by visiting Oia with its minimalistic Cycladic aesthetics, the colourful cave houses and the sun-dappled terraces. Immerse yourself in the 360-degree Santorini views that Prophet Elias Monastery offers. Explore the picturesque villages Pyrgos and Megalochori that remain almost unspoiled over the course of time. Captivating caldera views take wine tasting on another level. At the Winery you’ll have the chance to learn all about local wines and the wine production! The tour includes an in the know local, an English-speaking guide/driver, wine tasting and transportation.

Price: €95

Min age: 0

Rating 4.89 / 5 [515 ratings]

Tour supplied by:

Viator Logo

Santorini 4-Hour Sunset Wine Tour with Tapas

Santorini

Santorini 4-Hour Sunset Wine Tour with Tapas
Taste the celebrated wines of Santorini on a 4-hour wine adventure to experience the amazing sunset of Santorini at a cliff-top winery alongside local Island Tapas. Explore the cellars of each winery and see where the wine is bottled and matured. Learn about the island’s unique viticulture, which is the first to produce wine in the Mediterranean, with a Greek wine expert. Admire the impressive countryside filled with scenic villages and rolling hills. This tour includes 12 samples of wine, admission fees to the wineries, a Tapas platter filled with island specialties, hotel pickup /drop-off, and deluxe transportation between the wineries.

Price: €180

Min age: 18

Rating 4.96 / 5 [238 ratings]

Tour supplied by:

Viator Logo

Experience Santorini: Wine Tasting Small Group Tour

Santorini

Experience Santorini: Wine Tasting Small Group Tour
Visit three traditional local wineries and cellars in the countryside of Santorini, with your local guide. Taste a selection of 12-14 different wines styles from Santorini and Greece, while you'll stroll through an actual vineyard on the volcanic soil and discover the unique viticulture on a 4-hour wine adventure.

Price: €150

Min age: 0

Rating 4.81 / 5 [183 ratings]

Tour supplied by:

Viator Logo

Wine Tour Santorini

Santorini

Wine Tour Santorini
Visit: Roussos Winery - Koutsoyannopoulos Winery Museum - Venetsanos Vinery A unique chance for every wine lover to visit some of the best wineries of the island and taste incomparable santorinian wines. Discover the ancient winemaking traditions of Santorini during this wine tasting tour. Learn about the “protected appellation origin” of the island, with vines dating as far back as 400 years, at the wine museum. Then, enjoy tastings of local wine varieties paired with snacks at two selected vineyards. This introductory tour is great to get a feel for the wines of Santorini.

Price: €108

Min age: 0

Rating 4.65 / 5 [96 ratings]

Tour supplied by:

Viator Logo

Destination guides

1

Destination guides including or relevant to this experience

Santorini

Greek Islands, Greece

Santorini

Incredible volcanic scenery, enchanting cave hotels, fine wines and memorable sunsets equal heaven for romantics.