Santorini Wine Tours

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: July 13, 2018

  • 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.
A vineyard at a Santorini winery near Oia.

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

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.

1. Santorini Sunset Wine Tour (4 hours)

Santorini Winery with Sunset and Caldera View
Wonderful small group tour in the early evening. Visit 3 wineries and have 12 tastings. Starts at 4:30pm and usually finishes at Venetsanos Winery (pictured above) for fantastic caldera views of the sunset.

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 Half-Day Wine Tour

Santorini wine and food tour.
A great small-group tour that visits two or 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. There are two times for the tour: 10am and 4:30pm.

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 or Venetsanos.)
  • Venetsanos Winery (Megalochori) – Similar views as Sanos but a little smaller and 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.
  • 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.

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40 Questions and Comments

  1. Wine Tours Sold Out

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    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 DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      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.

  2. 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 DaveSantorini 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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 DaveSantorini 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.

  6. 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 DaveSantorini 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.

  7. 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 DaveSantorini 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.

  8. 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 DaveSantorini 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).

  9. 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 DaveSantorini 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.

  10. 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 DaveSantorini 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.

  11. 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 DaveSantorini 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.

  12. 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 DaveSantorini 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.

  13. 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 DaveSantorini 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.

  14. 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 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.

  15. 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 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.

  16. 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.

    Donna

  17. 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 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.

  18. 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 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.

  19. 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 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.

  20. 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 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.

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