Santorini Wineries and Wine Tours

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Updated: October 10, 2019

Santorini Wines, Wineries, and Wine Tours

A vineyard at a Santorini winery near Oia.

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

  • Best Santorini Winery Tours: Santorini Small Group Wine TourSantorini Private Wine Tour
  • Santorini is famous for its wine and wineries. This is one of the highlights of a Santorini trip.
  • Wine tours are incredibly popular on Santorini and they fill up quickly – book early.
  • Many wineries offer tours and wine tasting but if you want to visit multiple wineries, book a wine tour (most wineries are small and hard to find if you don’t know the island well). Most tours include hotel pickup and drop off.
  • It’s possible to visit wineries on your own but a tour makes getting from one to the next much quicker and easier. Plus, drinking and driving is very uncool.
  • Santorini wine is wonderful and unique owing to the dry and unusual climate. Be sure to try some even if you don’t go on a tour.
  • The Santorini wineries with the best caldera views are Santo and Venetsanos. Most wine tours will visit one or both of them.
  • Santorini boat tours don’t sell out as early, so book your wine tour first.

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The Best Wine Tours in Santorini

1. Small Group Santorini Wine Tour

Santorini wine and food tour.
A great small-group tour that visits three traditional wineries and vineyards scattered around Santorini. Hotel pickup and drop off makes it all super easy. Will usually visit Santo Winery or Venetsanos (both with great caldera views) or Gavalas (my favorite) and 2 others. Starts at 3:30pm and lasts a little over four hours.

2. Santorini Private Wine Tour

Private tour of Santorini winery and wine making.
This is a private wine tour for serious wine lovers. Definitely worth it for the intimacy and attention to detail, but maybe not for everyone. Most people do it as a couple but the tour allows for a group of 6. Starts at 10am or 4pm with the evening tour having a sunset vies from either Santo or Venetsanos Wineries.

3. Santorini Sunset Wine Tour

Santorini Winery with Sunset and Caldera View
Wonderful small group tour in the early evening. Visit 3 wineries and have 12 tastings. Starts at 4:00pm and usually finishes at Venetsanos Winery (pictured above) for fantastic caldera views of the sunset.

Fully Booked Wine Tours

It’s common for the above tours to sell out in June, July, August, and September. If so these tours are also excellent:
Santorini Wine Roads Tour
Half-Day Wine Adventure Tour
Santorini Sunset Wine Tour

The Best Santorini Wineries

  • 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. (Most wine tours visit Santo or Venetsanos.)
  • Venetsanos Winery (Megalochori) – Similar views as Santo but a little smaller, with a little more charm.
  • Gavalas (Megalochori) – My favorite winery on Santorini. Small, friendly, intimate (but hard to find if you’re driving on your own).
  • Art Space Santorini (Exo Gonia) – A spellbinding mix of wine, caves, and art. The owner guides you around the property and explains its history with a thick Greek accent. Very cool.
  • Domaine Sigalas (Oia) – A small winery a 10-minute walk from a bus stop on the Fira-Oia bus route. It has wine tastings with appetizers from March to November.
  • Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum (Vothonas) – 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.

Santorini Winery Reviews

Map of Santorini Wineries

Getting To Santorini Wineries:
• Buses from Fira to Akrotiri or Perissa will stop a short walk from Santo Winery, Venetsanos, Gavalas, and Boutari. (If coming from Oia, Imerovigli, or another village you’ll need to bus to Fira and then switch buses.)
• Buses from Fira to Kamari will stop a short walk from the Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum, Artemis Karamolegos Winery, Canava Roussos, Argyros Winery, and Art Space Winery. (If coming from Oia, Imerovigli, or another village you’ll need to bus to Fira and then switch buses.)
• Buses from Fira to Oia will stop a moderate walk from Vassaltis Vineyards and Domaine Sigalas Winery.
• Getting a Santorini taxi to and from wineries is possible, but in practice, a pretty big hassle.

Map of Santorini Wineries.

Pictures of Santorini Wineries

My photos of all the top wineries in Santorini from the Santorini Dave Instagram account.

Venetsanos Winery

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Venetsanos Winery – Megalochori. – A charming winery offering gorgeous views of caldera and volcanic cliffs. – As with most wineries in Santorini, assyrtiko is the most commonly used variety of grape. Used on its own or blended with other varieties like aidani and athiri. – Tours offered every hour and vary from 20-60 minutes. €6/person for tour alone or €15/person for tour and wine tasting. 6 different wines to choose from. A la carte menu with a variety of cheeses and some traditional food items like dolmathes available. – Open all year round at 10am with extended hours May to October. Closed December 15-January 15. – Popular spot for weddings and receptions (book far in advance). – Plenty of parking available if you’re driving. Take bus from Fira towards Perissa or Megalochori and ask driver to get of at Venetsanos. Stop a short walk to winery. #sdsantorini

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Santo Wines

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Santo Wines Winery – Pyrgos – A modern winery with stunning views of the caldera and cliffs. -Assyrtiko, found all over the island, is the most popular white grape variety that thrives on Santorini’s volcanic soil. Used on its own or blended with other varieties such as the Athiri and Aidani white grape also found throughout the island. -Restaurant on site. -Large shop filled with wines and local food specialties. Also offer home delivery service with UPS. -Direct buses from Fira, Perissa, and Akrotiri. Otherwise take a bus from wherever you are and change at Fira. Tell the bus driver when you get on you want a stop at Santos and they will drop you off just outside the winery. Parking available on site if you’re driving -Popular spot for weddings and receptions (book far in advance). – Daily wine tours. Can call after 9:30am to make reservations or book online. €12 per person for 20 minutes followed by 2 wines for tasting, Assyrtiko and Kameni -Open 9am to 10pm, summer months until midnight #sdsantorini

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Gavalas Winery

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Gavalas Winery – Megalochori – A small, friendly winery that has been family run for 5 generations. – Offers an intimate wine tasting experience without the views but Perissa can be seen in the distance from the outside patio. – Considered to be the oldest variety of white grape in Greece, assyrtiko is most commonly used in combination with other varieties like aidani and athiri. – 3 options for wine tasting available: 3,5 or 7 bottles. 3 bottles €10/person. 5 bottles €15/person. 7 bottles €20/person. – Tours take about an hour. – Good idea to make reservations, especially with larger groups, but drop-ins are welcome. – Hours of operation are: April 1st to October 30th 10am – 8pm. – No restaurant on site but there is a good taverna nearby that serves traditional Greek food. – Limited parking available if driving. – Bus stop is in Megalochori, about a 7-10 minute walk away. – Not all buses are direct to Megalochori, but you can change buses in Fira if yours doesn’t make a stop here. – Small selection of wine for purchase at reception. #sdsantorini

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Boutari Winery

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Boutari Winery – Megalochori -A pioneer in wine making, this is Greece’s most historical wine company dating back to 1879. -In the early 80’s, Boutari brought its experience and innovative wine making strategies to Santorini and as such, continue to provide educational seminars. -In 1990, it was the first winery in Greece to open its doors to the public for organized wine tasting and tours. -Open all year round. 10am – 7pm April to October and 10am to 3pm November to March. -The indigenous grape in Santorini is assyrtiko and is used on its own or in combination with athiri and aidani. -Indoor restaurant on site and offers 5 traditional plates using local ingredients. -View of Akrotiri. -Daily wine tours available. Drop-ins welcome but reservations are recommended. You can book online or by calling. Various tours available ranging from 5-8 wines with and without food pairing and range from €15 for 45 minutes to €85 for 90 minutes. -Plenty of parking available if you’re driving. Bus stop in Megalochori, winery a short walk from there. Some direct routes to Megalochori, otherwise transfer in Fira. #sdsantorini

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Domaine Sigalas

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Domaine Sigalas Winery – Oia – A small, scenic winery offering good views of the sunset. – Open all year round with extended hours during summer. December to March, closed on weekends but will accommodate reservations. – As with most of Santorini wineries, the most commonly used variety of white grape is assyrtiko, used alone or blended with athiri and/or aidani. – Tours and wine tasting options start at €12/person to €150/person depending on how many bottles you want to sample and if you include food. – Menu items are local and differ every month depending what seasonal items are available. If you want to try the on site food options, 48 hours notice is required to prepare. – Restaurants available within walking distance. Traditional taverna just up the road. – Parking available. – Bus stop a 10 minute walk on the Fira-Oia bus route. #sdsantorini

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Art Space Winery

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ArtSpace Winery – Exo Gonia – A unique winery dating back to 1861. It’s a spellbinding mix of wine, caves and art. – The art exhibits occupy two old wine cellars where Greek and international artists’ work are on display. – In the adjacent underground cavern, 8-12 metres below ground, an old barn, is where the modern winery lies. – The most common variety of grape in Santorini, assyrtiko, is most commonly used for these wines, but also Aidani is used on its own or in combination with assyrtiko. – Wines available for purchase at reception. – Open daily 11am to 7pm April to October. November to March open by reservation only. – The owner, Mr. Antonis, personally takes you around the winery and art space explaining its history all with a thick accent. – Reservations are not necessary during high season. Mr. Antonis tries to accommodate every visitor. – Price of tasting varies depending on how many bottles you want to try. Starting at €10 for 4 wines and €20 for 8 wines. – Cold platters of meat and cheeses available on site. – Parking available. – Bus from Fira, stop at Exo Gonia. Winery a short walking distance from there. #sdsantorini

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Estate Argyros

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Estate Argyros Winery – Episkopi Gonia – A large, modern winery located in the heart of its vineyards with ocean views. – Assyrtiko is the main variety of grape produced in the unique volcanic soil of Santorini and as such is most commonly used. Other varieties include Aidani, Arthiri and Mavrotragano, a deep, ruby red variety. – Open all year round. May to October 10am to 9pm. November to April 9am to 6pm. – Reservations for wine tasting and tours recommended but drop-ins accommodated. – €15/person for 60 minutes includes tour and 4 wines with cheese platter. – €40/person for 90 minutes includes tour and 7 wines with cold meat and cheese platter and a few selected Greek specialties depending on local ingredients. – Restaurants within walking distance. – Parking available. – Bus from Fira and stop within walking distance. Ask driver to stop at Argyros. #sdsantorini

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Gaia Winery

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Gaia Winery – Exo Gonia. – A laid back, charming winery located directly on the water. – The main grape varieties used here are the indigenous white grape assyrtiko and the red grape agiorgitiko. – Reservations are recommended but drop-ins welcomed and accommodated. – Tours and tastings: 4 wines; €8 per person for 30-45 minutes. 8 wines; €15 per person for 45-60 minutes. – Cold meat and cheese platters available on site. Dinner is also available, but you have to request and book this option 2-3 days in advance. Modern and traditional food options available. – Restaurants available in nearby Kamari. About a 20 minute walk away or can bus it there. – Bus stop about a 5 minute walk away. Direct buses from Fira, Kamari and Monolithos. – Plenty of parking available. – Open for the summer season May to October 11am to 7pm. #sdsantorini

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Hatzidakis Winery

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Hatzidakis Winery – Pyrgos. – Founded in 1997, this charming winery overlooks it’s vineyards just outside the village of Pyrgos. – This winery was the first to use the native red grape variety of mavrotragano. – Assyrtiko and Aidani, both white grape varieties indigenous to Santorini, are also commonly used. – Tour and Tasting: 6 wines with cheese platter, €14 per person. Duration aprox 45-60 minutes. – Open all year round. May to October Monday-Saturday 10:15am to 7pm. November to April Monday – Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm. – Drop ins welcome and accommodated but reservations recommended. During winter season, reservations only. – No restaurant on site but restaurants and tavernas in nearby Pyrgos. – Not an easy walk to winery or Pyrgos as it’s located just off a narrow, windy road not suitable for walking. – Bus stop in Pyrgos. Get off at the last stop. From there, winery can make arrangements to come pick you up only if you’ve made reservations. – Limited parking available. #sdsantorini

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Canava Roussos

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Canava Roussos – Mesa Gonia – This traditional, laid back winery is the oldest in Santorini, founded in 1836. – The indigenous white grape varieties of assyrtiko, athiri, aidani and the red grape varieties of mavrathiro and mandilaria are used. – Parties of up to 5 people don’t necessarily need reservations but more than that, reservations recommended. – Tour and Tasting: 4 wines (assyrtiko) €3 per sample or €6 per glass. Tours are not structured so time varies depending on the group. – Cold meat and cheese platter available with tastings. – No restaurant on site or nearby. – Parking available. – Bus stop close by and an easy walk to winery from there. Ask driver to get off at stop for Roussos. #sdsantorini

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Vassaltis Vineyards

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Vassaltis Winery – Vourvoulos – A laid back, modern winery with views of the water. – Relatively new winery, opened in 2016. – Reservations are highly recommended but drop-ins will be accommodated. Email or phone to book. – Open April to October, 7 days a week 11am to 8pm. Closed November to April. – Indigenous white grape varieties of assyrtiko, aidani, arthiri and red grapes of mavrotragano and mandilaria are used. – Tour and Tastings: 1) 3 wines and a tour, €20 per person. 2) 3 wines and amuse-bouche (Greek tapas), no tour, €15 per person. 3) 5 wines and amuse-bouche, no tour, €25 per person. This year tours are only at 3pm. This could change next year. – Restaurant on site. Seafood mostly on the menu with plenty of vegetarian options and some meat options. Traditional Greek items also available. – Parking available. – 2 bus stop options depending on if you come from the new or old road. If you are coming from the new road, bus stop about a 10 minute walk from the winery just before getting into the village of Vourvoulos. Ask bus driver to make a stop at the winery, If you are coming from the old road, you can get off at the square in Vourvoulos and check out the village. The winery is about a 20 minute walk from there. Or you can go past this and get off at the one closer to the winery. #sdsantorini

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Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum

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Koutsoyannopoulos Winery and Museum – Exo Gonia – A winery that hosts a museum nestled in a cave 8 meters deep and 300 meters long. – The museum depicts scenes of what life was like for wine growers and makers in the 1600’s. – Museum tours are conducted through an audio guide available in 14 different languages and a guidebook available in 22 different languages. – Wine tasting options: 4 wines at 10€ per person; 6 wines at 15€ per person and 8 wines at 20€ per person. Prices include museum tour. – A variety of indigenous grapes used, most commonly assyrtiko and aithani. – Open all year round: November to March, Monday through Saturday: 9am to 5pm, Sunday: 10am to 5pm. April to October, Monday through Saturday: 9am to 7pm and Sunday: 10am to 7pm. – Plenty of parking available. – Bus stop about 100 meters away from winery. #sdsantorini

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Artemis Karamolegos Winery

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Artemis Karamolegos Winery- Exo Gonia. – A modern winery with ocean views that began in 1952. – It boasts an excellent on site Greek/Mediterranean restaurant, Aroma Avlis, that has fresh seafood daily. Plenty of vegetarian and meat options available as well. – Reservations recommended for tours and wine tasting but drop-ins welcome. Book a day in advance if you want food pairing with your tasting. – Tours and Tasting options: 3 wines at 8€ per person. 4 wines at 11€ per person. 5 wines at 14€ per person. 5 PDO wines 15€ per person. 7 wines at 20€ per person. If you would like food pairing with your tasting, prices range from 65€ to 140€ depending on how many bottles of wine and what food options you select. – The indigenous white grape varieties of assyrtiko and aidani, and the red grape variety of mavrotragano are most commonly used. – Cooking classes available on site. – Wedding receptions also held here. Book far in advance. – Limited parking available. – Bus stop within 900 meters away. An easy walk, but on a busy main street. #sdsantorini

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Canava Ant. Arvaniti

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Canava Ant. Arvaniti – Megalochori – If you are seeking a truly authentic and traditional wine tasting experience, this laid-back, family run winery is for you. – Since 1958, Mr. Antonis Arvaniti’s family has ran this winery. He and his wife, Rasita, are passionate about traditional wine making methods and are enthusiastic about sharing these ways with visitors. – In addition to wines, you will find homemade products to purchase such as; lemonsanto, a liquor made with 100% Santorinian lemons, olive oil, vinegars, sun dried tomatoes, jams, and Greek fava (yellow split pea dip), all grown and packaged by the Arvaniti’s. – The indigenous white grape varieties of assyrtiko, aidani, arthiri and nyxteri and red grape varieties of mantilaria and mavrotragano are used. – The winery is open all year round 9am to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm. – As the Arvaniti’s English is minimal, they use a translator for wine tours, therefore reservations are recommended, but drop-ins are welcome and accommodated as the Arvaniti’s are overwhelmingly hospitable. Book via email or phone. – There is no cost for wine tasting and tours at this time. By donation only. – No restaurant on site but there is a fantastic bakery right beside the winery that offers baked goods, snacks, sweets and some traditional Greek foods. Menu changes daily. – On the main road to Perissa, take the Fira to Perissa bus. Stop is right outside the winery and bakery. – Parking available. #sdsantorini

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  1. Santo Wines vs Venetsanos Winery

    Sadly, all wine tours are sold out for our visit in 3 weeks. We have decided to spend our time doing a boat tour, hike, and Akrotiri but would like to visit at least one winery. Which would you choose for a quick one-hour stop: Venetsanos or Santo Winery. Thanks.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Both have great views but Venetsanos has a little more charm. Santo has a better (larger) wine shop – if you’re looking to take some wine home (or get it shipped).

  2. Santorini Wine Tour in February

    Hi,

    Your site is helpful. Are there any wine tours in the off season? We are visiting in February and can’t find any availability. Thanks.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      There are combo sightseeing and wine tours (like this one) available in February.

  3. Wine Tours Sold Out

    My problem: No availability left for Wine Tours.

    Hi Dave,
    Love your website and has been super helpful planning my trip. I just booked a solo trip to Greece and will be staying in Fira for 2 and half days. I would love to do a wine tour but it appears that everything is either totally booked up already or requires multiple people to take part. Are there any wine tours that allow solo travelers that are still available to book and if I wanted to plan a DIY tour what would your recommendation be? (Time of day, vineyards to see, walking or renting a driver for a few hours). Lastly if I were to do a DIY tour stopping at 3 vineyards for tasting what would that estimated cost be? Thanks!!

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Yes, wine tours get fully booked earlier and earlier every year.

      For a DIY wine tour I’d start at Venetsanos Winery (buses go nearby on their way to Akrotiri or Perissa). Then walk to Gavalas Winery in Megalochori. It’s less than a 15 minute walk and it’s a little tricky because of the lack of sidewalks but still pretty easy and doable. If that sounds unappealing you could call a taxi but you might be waiting a while. Those are two of my favorite wineries in Santorini. If you needed a third keeping walking to Boutari about another 10 minutes south of Gavalas. Then bus back to Fira. As for costs it’s very hard to say as each winery offers a wide range of tastings.

  4. Venetsanos or Boutari on Do It Yourself Wine Tour

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for all the information on wine tours! Regarding to answer on a DIY tour, I wanted to follow-up to your answer to a previous poster. We’ll be staying in Megalachori, and are interested in doing our own mini-tour starting at Gavalas, and then walking to either Venetsanos or Boutari (which both seem to be semi-close?). Which would you recommend, and about how far is the walk?

    Thank you!
    Danielle

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Go to Venetsanos for the views (awesome) and setting. Go to Boutari for the wine. Not that there’s a huge difference in quality but Venetsanos does get more people interested primarily in the views. Boutari is sort of ugly and attracts more serious connoisseurs. As to walking, it’s a little tricky but doable and not far (walking along the busy road is more of the problem). If possible scope out both places beforehand (in a car, if you have one) which will make finding them on foot easier.

  5. Santorini Food and Wine Tour

    Hi Dave! Thanks for all of this awesome info. Are there any combo food & wine tours? It would be great to do both at the same time.

  6. Santorini Wine Tour in November

    Hi Dave,

    We would like to book for a tour online for November, but I can’t for some reason. Are the tours full or closed for the season?

    If so can we do it in the island? Or do you recommend just walk in the winery? Our plan is on November 14-18.

    Thank you
    Mark

  7. Santorini Winery Open in Winter

    We’d like to visit a winery near Oia during our visit in December. I see Sigalas is within a short drive of Oia. Is it open in December and will we be able to visit?

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Sigalas usually closes in early December. But if you contact them they’ll open up, give you a quick tour around the grounds, and let you taste and buy some wines. Send them an email at [email protected] or call Panayiota at +30 6982 877912.

  8. Wine Tour vs DIY

    Hi Dave, many thanks for all of the useful information your site provides. It’s been incredibly helpful for planning my trip over the last few months! I will be staying in Santorini for 6 days, what are the benefits of doing a wine tour as opposed to visiting on your own? We have rented a car for our stay. Look forward to hearing from you!

    Jessica

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      The biggest advantage is you can enjoy the wine without having to worry about drinking too much. The pours are usually generous and it’s not hard to feel tipsy after a winery or definitely two. Also, finding the wineries can be a challenge. And the tours offer good info on the winers, wineries, and how the grapes are grown that you wouldn’t get without the tour. But can you do it yourself? For sure.

  9. Best Red Wines in Santorini

    Dave, you’re a legend. Thanks a million for all this info. My wife and I are going to Santorini in a couple weeks and would like to do a wine tour. We prefer red wines to the dessert-ey whites but I’m noticing there are mostly white wines that are popular. Do you recommend any wineries or wine tours that have mostly reds? Thanks in advance.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      The best wines on Santorini are whites so I’d encourage you to focus on them even if your tastes tend in a different direction. If you do want to try some reds then Gavalas Winery has the best red wines in Santorini.

  10. Santorini Wine Tour with Visit to Santo Winery

    After reading your review on Santo Winery and seeing the views, we are hoping to select a sunset tour that includes this winery. However on the linked “Santorini Half-day Wine Tour” above from GetYourGuide, it does not specify which wineries will be visited. Are you fairly certain that Santo Winery is usually on that tour route? I messaged GetYourGuide about a week ago to check but have not received a response.

    Although it was not listed on your website, I also reached out to Santorini Wine Tours to see what tour route they take. Unfortunately they do not visit Santo but instead visit Venetsanos, which they say has equivalent views?

    What are your thoughts on this? We just want to make sure we sign up for the best sunset tour option!
    Ashlee Hansen

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      No tour will absolutely guarantee which wineries they will visit as it can always change. The Santo winery or Venetsanos is consistently the final visit on the sunset version of the Half Day Tour. Venetsanos is great and has gorgeous sunset views (similar to Santo).

  11. Santorini Wine Tour & Dinner

    Hi Santorini Dave,

    I will be in Santorini on my honeymoon for 3 nights September 29 – Oct 1, during that time it will be my (soon-to-be) husband’s birthday (Sept 30). I want to plan a wine tour with dinner reservations afterward to celebrate (or something like that). What do you recommend?

    Thanks!

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      The wine tours on Santorini are really well done and well worth doing. Most will drop you back at your hotel (or really any place along the caldera) so you’re free to pick from the best restaurants on the island.

  12. DIY Santorini Wine Tour

    Hi Dave:

    Thanks for this site. It’s great! I’m wondering if you have any tips on a do-it-yourself wine tour? I plan to rent scooters for exploring the island, but I wouldn’t want to do this while drinking at several wineries. Is it possible to do this via taxi? Or, are they too expensive and hard to order? Is there an area with a bunch in walking distance? We are staying in Finikia if that makes a difference.

    Thanks for your help,

    Justin

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Santorini is loaded with wineries but they are fairly spread out. If you did want to do a self-guided walking tour I would visit the 3 following wineries: Gavalas (in the village of Megalochori), Venetsanos (on the caldera), and Santo Winery (on the caldera). Start by taking a bus from Fira (or wherever you’re staying) to Megalochori – they’ll run about every 30 to 60 minutes. Then find the Gavalas winery (a little tricky but it’s a small village so not too hard). Then walk north and towards the caldera to find Venetsanos. Then further north (and back towards Fira) to get to Santo. You’re now north of the ferry port so there will be plenty of buses running from the main road back to Fira. These 3 wineries are great but the walk between them is not really along the caldera, provides few views, and has stretches on a busy road. So, do it to save money but don’t be expecting a beautiful walk between the wineries.

      Walking route of self guided wine tour on Santorini.

  13. Santorini Wine Tour

    Hi Dave,
    Your site has been so helpful in planning our Honeymoon in Santorini!
    We definitely want to take one of the wine tours. Aside from time of day, is there a real difference between the half day wine tour and the sunset wine tour you suggested on this page? We can’t decide which would be better since they seem so similar… would love your insight!
    Lilach

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Go with the half-day tour (it has two times for you to choose from, so the evening tour will have sunset views). I listed the other tour primarily because my first choice often gets sold out.

  14. 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?
    Nicole

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      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.

  15. 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?
    Darlene

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      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.

  16. 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 Dave The Hotel Expert

      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.

  17. 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 Dave The Hotel Expert

      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.

  18. Best Santorini Wine Tour for Cruise Ship Excursion

    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 Santorini shore tour for 2 senior ladies, (we are not rickety), would be much appreciated. Regards Dianne.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      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.

  19. 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 Dave The Hotel Expert

      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.

  20. 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 Dave The Hotel Expert

      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.

  21. 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 Dave The Hotel Expert

      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.