- 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.
- Wine tours are incredibly popular on Santorini and they fill up quickly – book early.
- 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 fucking uncool.
- The Santorini wineries with the best caldera views are Santo and Venetsanos. Most wine tours will visit one or both of them.
- Boat tours don’t sell out as early, so book your wine tour first.
The Best Wine Tours in Santorini
Santorini is famous for its wine and wineries. Many wineries offer tours and wine tasting but if you want to visit multiple wineries then 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.
- Santorini Half-Day Wine Tour – This is the best wine tour on Santorini for most people. Small-group tour that visits three traditional wineries and vineyards scattered around Santorini. 12 different tastings and 4.5 hours long. 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. There are two times for the tour: 10am and 4pm. (The later one will have sunset views but will only visit two wineries.)
- Santorini Private Wine Tour – 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.
- Santorini 4-Hour Sunset Wine Tour – Wonderful small group tour in the early evening. Visit 3 wineries and have 12 tastings. Starts at 3:30pm and usually finishes at Venetsanos Winery for fantastic caldera views of the sunset.
The Best Santorini Wineries
- Santo Winery (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 above visit Santo.)
- Gavalas (Megalochori) – My favorite winery on Santorini. Small, friendly, intimate (but hard to find if you’re driving on your own).
- 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 (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.