Wine at the beach: Santorini

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Santorini is a paradise where wine tastings meet stunning beaches. This iconic island offers so much more than its stunning white and blue colors!

Are you a wine enthusiast seeking a unique and unforgettable experience? Or perhaps a beach lover in search of pristine shores and breathtaking sunsets? Look no further than this enchanting island. Nestled in the Aegean Sea, Santorini is renowned for its distinctive wines and stunning beaches. Hence, it is the perfect destination for those looking to indulge in a sensory journey like no other.

In this weeks blog, we explore why this Greek island is the ultimate destination for wine lovers and beach enthusiasts alike. Let’s uncork the reasons that make Santorini a must-visit for a blend of heavenly wines and captivating coastlines.

Santorini: A Wine Lover’s Paradise

Santorini has volcanic soil and unique microclimate. As such, this creates the perfect conditions for cultivating exceptional grapes. The end result is some of Greece’s most exquisite wines. The island is famous for its Assyrtiko grape variety, known for producing crisp and vibrant whites with a distinct minerality.

Visitors to Santorini can embark on a wine tasting adventure like no other, exploring the island’s numerous wineries and vineyards. From traditional family-run estates to modern boutique wineries, each offering a unique insight into the island’s winemaking traditions. Sample a glass of Assyrtiko as you overlook the caldera, or savor a sunset wine tasting experience against the backdrop of the Aegean Sea.

Best wine tastings

There are several options for wine tastings and visits on the island. These range from tiny, biodynamic family farms to larger producers with gorgeous tasting rooms. However, one of our favorites also has one of the nicest sunset views on the island.

Santo Winery, located near Pyrgos (an easy bus ride from Fira), is one of the island’s largest and oldest farmers’ cooperatives. They have a broad assortment of whites, reds, rosé, and dessert wines. They also have a restaurant that provides geek-style “tapas” to go with the wines, as well as more intricate full courses.

The wines can be sampled on one of their spectacular terraces with a stunning caldera view. This means booking ahead is a smart idea as it does get very busy for sunset. Instead of fighting the crowds in Oia to see the sun sunk into the sea, sitting and sipping a glass of local wine at Santo is a much more relaxing option. 

Another option is Domaine Siglas. A modest, picturesque winery in Baxedes near Oia, which is an easy 10 minute walk from a bus station on the Fira-Oia line. Sigalas offers award winning wines and has excellent sunset views all year.

Paris Sigalas, the winery’s creator, has been operating it since the early 1990s. In this spot, they provide intimate tours, wine tastings, and the opportunity to combine any of their wines with some amazing local food.

Tastings are offered both within the tasting room and outside on the magnificent terrace.

Santorini private wine tour

Or, perhaps a private wine tour with our local guide and driver is the perfect match for you.

Immerse yourself in the traditions, aromas and scenery of or rural Santorini during this off-the-beaten-track tour. First, step away from the Caldera and discover the island’s excellent fine wines and the secrets of the local wine. To follow, indulge in some traditional Greek delicacies.

Your expert guide will take you to two of Santorini’s renowned and long-established family wineries. In these locations, you will have an opportunity to receive a fascinating glimpse into the production of volcanic wines. Along with the winery staff, he will take you through the entire wine-making process. Beginning from the selection and variety of the grapes and ending with bottling the finished wine. After, it is time to taste top quality wines.

Continuing, a visit to a traditional Greek restaurant in a beautiful setting. Here you will enjoy a three-course menu offering a wide variety of meze: a selection of small tasty dishes consisting of local specialties accompanied by Santorini’s fine wine.

Unwinding on Santorini’s Stunning Beaches

Another one of the highlights of any trip to Santorini is undoubtedly its beautiful beaches. From black volcanic sands to vibrant red cliffs, the beaches here are truly a sight to behold.

Perissa Beach

Perissa Beach is a popular choice for beachgoers looking to soak up the sun and enjoy the vibrant beach bars and restaurants that line the shore. The beach is famous for its jet-black sand, created by the volcanic activity of the island. With crystal-clear waters and a lively atmosphere, Perissa Beach is perfect for those looking for a fun and relaxing day by the sea.

Kamari Beach

Kamari Beach is another must-visit destination on Santorini, known for its long stretch of dark volcanic sand and clear blue waters. This organized beach offers a variety of water sports activities, as well as a wide selection of beachfront restaurants and cafes. Whether you’re looking to relax on a sunbed or explore the underwater world with some snorkeling, Kamari Beach has something for everyone.

Red Beach

For a truly unique beach experience, head to the iconic Red Beach on the southern coast of Santorini. This beach is named for its striking red cliffs and dark red sand, which create a dramatic and otherworldly landscape. While the beach itself is small and can get crowded during peak season, the beauty of the surroundings makes it well worth a visit. Make sure to bring sturdy shoes for the rocky path down to the beach!

Santorini for wine and beach lovers

If this looks like your ideal destination, contact us today to stop dreaming and start planning your tailor made holiday here. As a trip on its own, or part of a longer Greek itinerary, this is a destination that we cannot wait to show you!

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