Mikra Thira Winery on Thirassia, near Santorini

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: January 19, 2024

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Overhead view of a winery with a broad tasting patio, amid a rocky landscape

Mikra Thira Winery in Thirassia, near Santorini.

Nestled on the serene island of Thirassia, just 11 kilometers west of bustling Santorini, lies Mikra Thira, the island’s first and only winery. Thirassia, a hidden gem in the Aegean Sea, boasts a modest population of approximately 300, offering a peaceful escape from the tourist crowds. Mikra Thira is located in the northwest of Thirassia near the village of Potamos.

With its contemporary design, the winery features a bright, modern tasting room (newly opened in 2023) and a sunny patio that offers great views toward Folegandros, Ios, and Sikinos. Mikra Thira currently produces three dry white wines, all designated as PDO Santorini: Santorini, Nykteri, and Terrasea. Wine tours and tastings are available by appointment, offered five times daily from May to October.

Reaching Mikra Thira is an fun adventure in itself. A scenic ten-minute journey aboard a passenger-only ferry from Ammoudi port in Oia, on Santorini’s north coast, brings you to Thirassia’s Riva Port. The ferry, a charming and convenient mode of transport, operates three to four times daily during the summer months, and costs only €1. (Prebooking is not necessary.) For a more exclusive experience, private water taxis are also available for hire; advance booking is required and the trip will cost approximately €40 each way. Taxis are available from Riva Port to Mikra Thira.

Mikra Thira Winery Hours and Information

  • Season: Open May through October.
  • Hours: 9:30am to 5pm Wednesday to Monday. Closed Tuesdays.
  • Website: mikrathira.com
  • Location: Manolas 847 02, Thirassia
  • Telephone: +30 2286 029292
  • Restaurant: No onsite restaurant, though tastings can be paired with Cycladic cheeses & Greek cold cuts.
  • View: Western views toward Folegandros, Sikinos and Ios.
  • Tours & Tastings: 30-minute vineyard and winery tours are offered 5 times daily. Wines are available to taste for €3 to €5 each. A combination tour and tasting (including 3 wines and Greek cheese & meat platter) is offered for €50/person. Prebooking at least 24 hours in advance is required. (Link here.)
  • Parking: A parking lot is on site.
  • Getting There: Passenger ferries from Ammoudi Bay in Oia to Thirassia’s Riva Port depart daily at 8am, 12:40pm, and 5:20pm – returning from Thirassia to Oia at 7:50am, 12:30pm, and 17:10pm. The ferry costs €1, and takes around 10 minutes. No prebooking is necessary. Taxis are available from Riva Port to Mikra Thira Winery; if there are none waiting at the port, call Mr. Sirigos at +30 6976 995236
    or Mrs. Pitsikali at +30 6983 896203. Note: there is no evening ferry service.

Mikra Thira Winery Thirassia

Entrance to a modern Greek winery in a stony vineyard.

Mikra Thira Winery is located on the island of Thirassia, 11 kilometers west of Santorini. The winery’s western-facing outdoor patio offers views of Folegandros, Sikinos, and Ios – the same islands seen when viewing the famous “Santorini sunset”.

Reception desk in a vaulted stone room, backed by shelves of wine.

Reception desk.

Room with tables and bar seating, with floor-length windows looking over vineyards.

In addition to their expansive patio, Mikra Thira also has an indoor tasting room.

A person walks through a field of low-trained grapevines.

The winery is surrounded by vineyard. The plantings in the photo are four-year-old Assyrtiko vines.

Modern winery surrounded by grapevines trained in the kouloura method.

More vineyard.

An open hand holding three different types of volcanic rock.

The island of Thirassia has the same unique soil as Santorini.

Large room filled with wine ageing equipment.

Downstairs from the tasting room is their wine production area including their own bottling equipment.

Oak wine barrels lined up in a row.

Climate-controlled wine storage with shelves and a butcher-block island

Climate-controlled wine storage.

Three wine bottles, displayed on a wooden table.

Mikra Thira produces three varieties of dry white wine. All are available for purchase at the winery.

View of a small bay, lined with colorful buildings set into steep cliffs

To get to Mikra Thira from Santorini, take the passenger ferry from Ammoudi Bay in Oia (pictured above) to Thirassia’s Riva Port. The ferry runs 3 times a day in the summer and costs €1. There is no need to pre-book this ferry. Private water taxis also available and cost approximately €40 each way (advance booking required).

View of Ammoudi Bay on Santorini from the water, looking across the wake of a boat.

The trip to Thirassia is short and scenic.

Small boat at a concrete dock.

The ferry is small, and passenger-only (no cars). Note: there is no evening ferry service.

People wait in the shade at a taxi stand.

On arrival at Riva Port, you can take a taxi to Mikra Thira winery. If there are none at the dock immediately, have a seat and one will be there shortly. Or you can call a taxi service to inquire about wait time.

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