Art Space Winery in Exo Gonia, Santorini

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Updated: July 19, 2019

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Stone wall exterior of Art Space Winery

Art Space Winery in Exo Gonia, Santorini

A unique and spellbinding mix of wine, caves, and art, dating back to 1861. Art Space Santorini is divided into three main sections: an underground cave art exhibit, in which paintings and sculpture by Greek and international artists are on display, a museum that houses artifacts, photos, and equipment from the old winery, and the modern winery and tasting room. Art Space produces mostly white wines, made with the Assyrtiko grape, along with a tasty vin santo blend of Assyrtiko, Aidani, and Athiri. There’s no restaurant on site, but cold meat and cheese platters are available to accompany tastings. Open daily from April to October; November to March open by reservation only (reservations are not otherwise necessary). There is parking space available in an adjacent lot, and Art Space is easy to reach by bus on the Fira-Kamari route.

Art Space Winery Santorini Hours and Information

  • Season: Open daily April-October, by reservation only November -March
  • Hours: Open daily 11am to 7pm April to October. November to March open by reservation only.
  • Website: artspace-santorini.com
  • Location: Thera 847 00
  • Telephone: +30 693 289 9509
  • Restaurant: No restaurant, but cold platters of meat and cheeses available on site.
  • View: No view.
  • Tours & Tastings: Tours of the art space and winery are provided by the owner, free of charge. Tasting prices vary depending on how many bottles you want to try, starting at €10 for 4 wines and €20 for 8 wines.
  • Parking: On-site parking is available.
  • Bus: Easily accessible by bus on the Fira-Kamari route. Ask the driver to stop at Exo Gonia, the winery is a 7-minute walk from the bus stop.

Art Space Winery Santorini

Rocky exterior of Art Space Winery in Santorini

Art Space Winery in Exo Gonia is a unique blend of modern winery, historical museum, and art gallery.

Rustic wooden doorway to Art Space Winery in Santorini

The beautiful and rustic entrance sets the stage, hinting at the winery’s historic and artistic credentials.

Grape plants grown on circular metal supports

In Art Space’s vineyard, grapes are grown on circular supports, in place of long trellises. This is common practice on Santorini, and is done to limit the stress on the vines from the island’s strong winds.

Exterior entrance to Art Space Santorini

Entrance to Art Space Santorini.

Wine museum with old equipment and photographs displayed

The winery’s old distillery, dating back to 1861, serves as a museum devoted to winemaking.

Vintage machinery, equipment, and artifacts from the historical process of winemaking are displayed…

Old family photograph displayed on a rustic wall

…alongside old family photographs from the winery’s past.

Rows of wine barrels in the Art Space Santorini winery barrel room.

The modern winery’s barrel room lies 8 meters underground, within thick walls of pumice.

Tables and wine for purchase in Art Space Santorini wine cave

The modern winery tasting room. Tasting prices vary depending on how many bottles you want to try, starting at €10 for 4 wines and €20 for 8 wines.

Man pouring white wine into a glass

The owner, Antonis, personally leads tastings and escorts visitors around the winery and art space, explaining its history in a charmingly thick accent.

Long cave tunnel with artwork displayed along the walls

The main art gallery space is housed in the old winery’s long underground cave tunnels, carved into the natural volcanic rock.

Tree sculpture lit from the front, to produce a shadow on a cave wall

It’s a gallery experience you’re unlikely to find anywhere else in the world.

Paintings displayed along the wall of a cave

The gallery displays sculpture, paintings, and photography by contemporary Greek artists

Gravel parking lot near Art Space Santorini building

Ample parking is available on site at Art Space Santorini. The photo shows Art Space as seen from the adjacent parking lot.

ATM in the corner of a gravel parking lot.

There is a convenient ATM located in the Art Space parking lot.

Bus stop in Exo Gonia Santorini.

Art Space Santorini is easily accessed by bus, on the Fira-Kamari route. Ask the driver to let you out at Exo Gonia. From this stop, the winery is a 7-minute walk. Start by traveling a short distance south down the main road. This photo looks up the hill from the bus stop; from here you would walk down the road to the left.

Main road in Exo Gonia, Santorini

From the bus stop, walk a short distance south down the main road to the next intersection – shown here in the distance with a red sign

Red sign indicating the way to Art Space Winery

At the intersection, this red sign will point you uphill to Art Space Winery.

Intersection in Exo Gonia, Santorini, with signs pointing to Art Space Winery

(On the opposite side of the road there is a blue sign that also points the way.)

Wooden signs pointing the way to Art Space Santorini

A short while up the road, make a right hand turn at this corner, clearly marked to point the way. Art Space Santorini will be just up the road, to your left.

Exterior of Art Space Santorini, as seen from the road.

Art Space Santorini, as seen from the road.

Entrance to Art Space Santorini parking lot.

If you’re driving, drive past the entrance to find the parking lot, located directly behind the building.

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