Venetsanos Winery in Megalochori, Santorini

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Updated: December 10, 2020

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Caldera and cliff view from Venetsanos Winery, shown in the foreground

The view from Venetsanos Winery in Megalochori, Santorini.

A charming winery in the village of Megalochori, featuring traditional Cycladic architecture and offering gorgeous views of the caldera and volcanic cliffs. Venetsanos offers a handful of wines for tasting, using mostly Assyrtiko and Mandilaria grapes. An a la carte menu with a variety of cheeses and some traditional food items like dolmathes is available to accompany tastings, and served as dinner on their Sunset Terrace from May to mid-October. Open daily most of the year from 10am, with tours offered hourly (closed December 15-January 15 and Sundays November-March). Make a reservation in advance by telephone or online (48 hours notice), as it does get busy. Plenty of on-site parking is available, and Venetsanos is accessible via bus on Fira-Perissa or Megalochori routes.

Venetsanos Winery Santorini Hours and Information

  • Season: Open most of the year, with limited hours in winter. Closed December 15th – January 15th
  • Hours: 10am-8pm daily in April; 10am-9pm daily May to October; 10am-4pm Monday to Saturday November through March; Closed December 15th – January 15th.
  • Website: venetsanoswinery.com
  • Location: Caldera Megalochori, Santorini Island 847 00
  • Telephone: +30 2286 021100
  • Restaurant: A variety of cheeses and some traditional food items like dolmathes are available in the main hall terrace to accompany tastings. Sunset Terrace restaurant is open daily from 6pm-10pm May 1st to October 15th, closed October 16th through April. Reservations are recommended. Call ahead or book online (14 hours in advance).
  • View: Excellent views of caldera and volcanic cliffs.
  • Tours & Tastings: Wine tastings are held in the main hall terrace. Tours start at 6€ per person (20 minutes), and tastings start at 15€ per person.
  • Parking: Plenty of on-site parking available.
  • Bus: Accessible on the Fira – Perissa or Akrotiri routes. When boarding the bus, ask the driver to make a stop at Venetsanos. From the bus stop, it’s a quick 3-minute walk walk to the winery along a busy road. A less direct but quieter route from the same bus stop is to walk up the drive toward Suites of the Gods hotel, whose parking lot is adjacent to that of Venetsanos. (We’ve shown this route on the map below.)

Map of the area surrounding Venetsanos winery in Santorini

Venetsanos Winery Santorini

santorini venetsanos winery tasting

Heavenly wine tasting on the winery patio.

Reception area at Venetsanos Winery, Santorini

Venetsanos is a cliffside winery in the Santorini village of Megalochori. Reception is located on street level.

Stone stairway at Venetsanos Winery.

From reception, a stone stairway leads down the cliff to a tasting terrace.

Tables with umbrellas at Venetsanos Winery tasting terrace

The tasting terrace has plenty of shaded tables at which to sip, sample, and snack…

View from Venetanos winery tasting terrace.

…and amazing views of the caldera and Santorini’s cliff towns.

santorini venetsanos winery view

Stunning views of the caldera.

Traditional architecture at Venetsanos winery

Venetsanos Winery mostly has a traditional Cycladic architectural style, featuring local rock and native vegetation.

Sunset Terrace restaurant in Venetsanos Winery

Their Sunset Terrace restaurant is more modern in feel – but still features those amazing views. Sunset Terrace serves light dinners (6pm-10pm) from May to mid-October. Reservations recommended.

Modern tables at Sunset Terrace restaurant in Venetsanos Winery

No tasting flights are offered in Sunset Terrace, wines are only available by the glass or by the bottle here.

santorini venetsanos winery indoor tasting

On windy day, tastings can happen in the indoor dining room.

santorini venetsanos winery tour

Touring the winery interior.

Roadside bus stop near Venetsanos WInery

Venetsanos Winery is easily accessible by bus, on the Akrotiri or Perissa routes. When boarding the bus, ask the driver to make a stop at Venetsanos. This is what the stop looks like, with a timetable posted so you can plan for your return trip.

Bus heading south to Perissa from Megalochori in Santorini

After exiting the bus, it’s a quick 3-minute walk south along the busy main road to the winery. Or take a right to follow the Suites of the Gods sign up the hill to the hotel, whose parking lot is adjacent to the winery.

Bus stop sign on the FIra-Perissa route in Santorini

Wait on the opposite side of the busy main road, near the blue bus sign, to catch the bus back to Fira.

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