The Best Wine Tours in Santorini

Updated: February 19, 2017

  • Wine tours are incredibly popular on Santorini and they fill up quickly – book early.
  • Boat tours rarely sell out, so book your wine tour first. It’s usually fine to book boat tours after you arrive on the island.
  • Get Your Guide is a good website for finding and booking Santorini tours.
A vineyard at a Santorini winery near Oia.

Highly recommended: A Santorini wine tour that visits multiple wineries.

What are the best Santorini wine tours?

Santorini is famous for its wine and wineries. Many wineries offer tours and wine tasting. Most wineries are closed on Sunday so check their schedules online before visiting. If you want to visit multiple wineries then book a wine tour.

  • Santorini Half-Day Small Group and Private Wine Tour – This is the best wine tour on Santorini, if you can only do one, do this one. You’ll visit three traditional wineries and vineyards scattered around Santorini. 12 different tastings. 4 hours long. Hotel pickup and dropoff makes it all super easy.
  • Santorini Cooking Class and Wine-Tasting Tour – Visit 2 wineries, taste 9 different wines, and cook traditional Greek food with the help of a professional chef.
  • Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum (Kamari) – A 300 meter long cellar (8 meters underground) that hosts a wine museum. The museum presents the history of Greek wine and the life of vine-growers in Santorini since the 1600s.
  • Santo Wines (Pyrgos) – The most comprehensive tours of any one winery. It has a large shop filled with wines and local food specialties. Fantastic views of the cliffs and caldera.
  • Boutari (Megalohori) – Taste 8 high quality wines for 8 euros from Santorini’s largest winery.
  • Sigalas (Oia) – A small winery a short walk from a bus stop on the Fira-Oia bus route. It has wine tastings with appetizers from April to October.

The Santorini Brewing Company is a new brewery on Santorini (opened in 2011) that makes the best beer in Greece. They offer tours and tastings and are located near Exo Gonia (about half way between Fira and Kamari). Phone number: 30 22860-30268 (but you can drop in without a reservation).

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18 Questions and Comments

  1. Which Wineries Does the Santorini Wine Tour Visit?

    Hi Dave,
    Do you know which 3 wineries the Santorini half day small group wine tour visits?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Gavalas, Santo, and Boutari are the most commonly visited but can change because of the season or schedule. All are good – and the smaller wineries are often the most memorable.

  2. What is the best Santorini tour?

    Hi Dave,

    I was thinking of doing the 5 hour boat tour: red beach/white beach/bbq/hotsprings.

    I am going May 21-24. Do you recommend me going on the day one 10AM-3PM, or the sunset one 3PM-8PM.
    I would think watching the sunset is amazing but afraid once it reaches -7-8, it would be too windy.
    I don’t mind doing the morning but I just want to make the right choice.

    What do you think?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      I would do the sunset one as watching the sun set from below the Oia cliffs is really unique. Though swimming will be better (and they’ll be more of it) on the daytime tour. It can be windy anytime so don’t plan around that.

  3. Best Day for Daytrip to Santorini

    I’m going to Herakleion for 5 days second week of September, thinking of taking the ferry over to Santorini for 1 day. Which day of the week is best to go over (I grew up in Italy so I’m thinking it might be like there when on Sundays everything is closed, but Saturday are overly crowded) and ideas of best tours to make the most of our time there. I liked the photography tour but none of us are photographers, unless using Instagram, are you obliged to take professional pictures?
    Elena Metta

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      There are no guarantees but Wednesday and Thursday are typically the busiest days as those are the most popular days for cruise ship stops. Cruise ships will often leave Athens on the weekend and then return the following weekend giving them a port stop in Santorini mid-week. Sunday and Monday are the best bets for a “quiet” day. The photography tour is great for everyone from beginner to pro.

  4. Caldera Boat Tours in April

    Hello Dave,
    Your website is the most useful and helpful site I’ve ever come across while vacation planning. My significant other and I will be visiting Santorini (only for 4 days) from March 31-April 4th. We’re very limited on tours, and As per your recommendation I was interested in the 5 hour sunset catamaran tour. But noticed it includes swimming, snorkelling, and hot springs. Will the weather or water actually be warm enough during those dates to conduct those activities?

    Thank you for ALL your efforts and advice.

    Faye H.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      There will be hot springs swimming as that water is warmish (not hot). The boat stops about 100 meters from the hot springs and the sea water from the boat to the hot springs is chilly. Bring a big warm towel. The “swimming/snorkeling” will probably be ignored but they’re not the highlights of the tour in any case.

  5. Santorini Tours in March / April

    Our small group on spring break (8-10) are coming to Athens the last week in March. We have one evening and one full day on Santorini, leaving the next morning. I’m finding it difficulty to find tours (especially boat tours) that start that early in the year; May 15th seems to be the magic date. Any suggestions with regard to tours.


  6. Best Santorini Tour for Cruise Ship

    Hi we will be going to Santorini / Mykonos in May, we will be on a cruise ship, the 2 islands are the ones I Really want to visit, and see the sunset on Oia, Mykonos we are only there from 7:00 to 14:00, Santorini arrival 7:00 to 19:00, can you recommend a private tour for 2 senior ladies, (we are not rickety), would be much appreciated. Regards Dianne.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      I would do either the half-day wine tour or the Santorini photography tour. Both are excellent. If you did decide to do a caldera boat tour be sure not to do one that takes in the sunset as you won’t have time to get back to your ship.

  7. Winery / Good Wine in Fira

    We will only be in Fira for 3 nights so unfortunately won’t have time to do a wine tour (we should have stayed longer but plans have been finalized). Is there anywhere in or near Fira to walk to a winery or at least enjoy a good selection of wines?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      No wineries within walking distance of Fira but there is the Assyrtico wine bar/restaurant on the main pathway in Fira. Lots of good wine.

  8. Booking Tours in Advance in October

    We’re a group of 4 visiting Santorini at mid-October. Would you recommend booking tours in advance?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      You’ll likely be fine not booking and buying after you arrive – but you just never know. If it’s a tour you’re set on then I’d book in advance. Wine tours are small and can easily fill up with one group booking. Boat tours have more capacity and are easier left until after arrival.

  9. Wine Tour or Volcano Tour in Santorini

    We have 2 full days on Santorini. On the first day we’ll walk the foot path from Fira to Oia and explore the towns along the way. On the second day we’ll do either a wine tour of the Santorini wineries or a boat tour of the caldera with sunset and volcano walk. Which would you recommend? Which tour will have better food?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Both tours are great fun but the volcano/caldera/sunset boat tour is the one to do if you only have one day. You can do good wine tours in lots of places but there’s only one caldera like this. The food on the boat tour is adequate (far better than it has to be) but not as good as it would be on the wine tour – but still, do the boat tour.

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