Santorini Wine Tours and Wineries

Updated: July 20, 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.

The Best Santorini Wine Tours

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).

  • Santorini Half-Day Wine Tour – This is the best wine tour on Santorini (for the non-connoisseur). 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 (great caldera views) and 2 others. There are two times for the tour: 10am and 4pm. (The later one will have sunset views.)
    View of Santorini caldera on wine tour.
  • Grand Tour ‘Magnum’ Private Wine Tour – Visit 5 wineries, taste 20 different wines, and enjoy a full lunch. This is a private wine tour for serious wine lovers. Definitely worth it, but probably not for everyone. Starts at 11am or 12pm (noon) and visits Estate Argyros, Gavalas Traditional Winery (charming little winery and my personal favorite), Chatzidakis Winery, Artemis Karamolegos Winery (where you’ll have lunch), and Venetsanos Winery (incredible sunset views).
    Private tour of Santorini winery and wine making.
  • Santorini 4-Hour Sunset Wine Tour – Wonderful small group tour in the early evening. Visit 3 wineries and have 12 tastings. Usually finishes at Santo Winery for incredible caldera views of the sunset.
    Santorini wine and food tour.

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.

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24 Questions and Comments

  1. 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 Guide to Greece

      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.

  2. 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 Guide to Greece

      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.

  3. 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 Guide to Greece

      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.

  4. 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 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.

  5. 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 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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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