Canava Roussos Winery in Mesa Gonia, Santorini

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Updated: August 21, 2019

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Canava Roussos Winery in Mesa Gonia, Santorini

Canava Roussos is a traditional, charming, and laid-back winery – and also the oldest in Santorini, founded in 1836. Open seasonally from May to October, they offer wines for tasting at €3 per sample or €6 per glass. Their beautiful, garden-like outdoor tasting area is well-shaded, and there are a handful of indoor tables in case of rain. Tours are unstructured and friendly, cold meat and cheese platters are available to complement tastings, and there are even a few games for the kids to play while adults imbibe. Their outdoor amphitheater periodically hosts theater productions and musical performances. Parking is available on site, and Canava Roussos is easily accessible by bus on the Fira-Kamari route.

Canava Roussos Winery Santorini Hours and Information

  • Season: Open May to October
  • Hours: 11am-7pm. Reservations are generally not needed for parties of up to 5 people, but are recommended for larger groups.
  • Website: www.canavaroussos.gr
  • Location: Mesa Gonia, Episkopi, Thira 847 00, Greece
  • Telephone: +30 2286 031278
  • Restaurant: No restaurant.
  • View: No caldera view.
  • Tours & Tastings: 4 wines (assyrtiko) are offered for tasting: €3 per sample or €6 per glass. Tours are not structured, so time varies depending on the group.
  • Parking: Parking is available.
  • Bus: Easily accessible by bus on the Fira-Kamari route. Ask the driver to stop at Santorini Brewing Company in Mesa Gonia, the winery is a 2-minute walk from the bus stop out in front.

Canava Roussos Winery Santorini

Stone archway winery entrance with welcome sign

Canava Roussos winery is located in Mesa Gonia, Santorini, about 5km southeast of Fira.

Stairway leading down to a foliage-covered wine tasting patio

Upon entering, the winery’s rustic charm and romantic garden-like atmosphere are on full display.

Old wine barrels in a cave-like room

Winery tours include the traditional Cycladic-style barrel rooms of the old winery.

Wooden desk and chair surrounded by old photos and winemaking tools

Canava Roussos is the oldest winery in Santorini, dating back to 1836, and evidence of its history can be found throughout.

Old baskets and winemaking tools

Much of the old winery is now a winery museum, showcasing old winemaking equipment…

Photograph of a crowd of people in bathing suits stomping grapes

…and photos from the winery’s storied history.

Winery barrel room with stone walls and an open window

Another barrel room in the old winery.

Outdoor bar counter with wines for tasting, surrounded by trees and flowers

Canava Roussos’ wine tasting bar is located outside on the pretty, garden-like patio. Tastings cost €3 per sample or €6 per glass.

Display of wine bottles for purchase

Their full selection of wines is available to purchase by the bottle.

Display of wine bottles for purchase

More wines for sale.

wooden tables on a covered outdoor patio

The outdoor tasting area is well-shaded, and has plenty of tables for groups…

A love seat on an outdoor patio, surrounded by flowers

…as well as more intimate seating.

Wooden tables and chairs set up for wine tasting in a whitewashed, barrel-roofed room

There are also a few tables inside, perfect for rainy day wine tasting.

Stone walkway lined with flower pots, ending at a stone arch

Outside again, this stone archway leads to an amphitheater.

Outdoor amphitheater lined with chairs.

Canava Roussos periodically hosts theatrical and musical performances at their outdoor stage.

Bus stop sign in front of Santorini Brewing Company building

To get to Canava Roussos by bus, take the Fira-Kamari route and ask the driver to let you off at the Santorini Brewing Company stop. The winery is an easy 2-minute walk from here.

Sign for wineries on a countryside road in Santorini

From Santorini Brewing Company, walk north (to your right, if you’re facing the building) about 45 meters to the next corner, and turn left. A sign will point the way up the hill to the winery.

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