Wineries

Santorini is an island with long wine-making tradition. The volcanic soil and the special climate of Santorini give a unique taste to the local wine. The wine of Santorini was famous all over the Mediterranean basin in the ancient times and even today it is exported in many countries of the world. Vinsanto, Nychteri and Mezzo are just some of the local varieties that can be found in many restaurants on the island and in various cellars in the world. A very special thing to do on the island is visit some of the many Santorini wineries, spread all over the countryside. Most wineries in Santorini are actually found in the central and the southern part of the island, in the villages of Mesa and Exo Gonia, Megalochori and Messaria. Large vineyards surround the wineries, which can be visited individually or in an organized wine tour.
The most famous Santorini wineries are Santo Wines and Volcan Wines.
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Argyros Estate​​

Chatterbox Santorini Travel Guide Argyros Winery Mesa Gonia
​​ ​​Location: Mesa Gonia
Founded in 1903 by George Argyros the owner of a 5 acre  vineyard.  In 1950 the Estate passed to his son, Matthew Argyros, who expanded the vineyard to 15 acres.  Now the grandson Yiannis Argyros who has run the winery since 1974 has increased the family vineyard to 65 acres, and he has also rebuilt the winery transforming it into a modern plant aiming to combine tradition with modern technology.
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​​​Artemis Karamolegos​​

Chatterbox Santorini Travel Guide Artemis Karamolegos Winery Exo Gonia
​​ Location: Exo Gonia​​
The Karamolegos Winery, founded in 1952 by Artemis Karamolegos, began from a passion for winemaking passed down to him from his grandfather who made wine in a small cave or “canava” using the old traditional methods. In 2004, a new and modern winery was built to take advantage of the latest in modern technology, while also adhering to the traditional practices passed down from generations. 
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​​​Art Space​​​​

Chatterbox Santorini Travel Guide Art Space Exo Gonia
Location: Exo Gonia​
Founded in 1999 a unique Art Center within the pumice rock and carved chambers of an old winery.  This old winery dates back to 1861, representative works of art from the sphere of painting and sculpture are on display.
What is more, Art Space, in its endeavor to continue the winemaking tradition includes in its premises a modern winery offering renowned products of high quality.
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​​​Boutari​​​​

Chatterbox Santorini Travel Guide Boutari Winery Megalochori
​Location: Megalochori
One of the prized estates of the Boutari Group, the Santorini winery, located in  Megalohori, opened in 1989 and has played a leading role in the commercial development of Santorini wines worldwide, as well as in the viticultural development of the island. Boutari has brought experience and innovative thinking to Santorini.​​
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​​​Canava Roussos​​​​

Location: Mesa Gonia
Founded in 1836 by brothers Mannolis and Yannis, the Roussos family winemaking tradition is being carried on today by Yannis Roussos II, a member of the 5th generation. One of the first to introduce bottled wine to the Santorini market, Yannis has also been a strong advocate for the protection of the historic vineyards from tourist development and an ardent supporter of the local farmers​.
Chatterbox Santorini Travel Guide Canava Roussos Mesa Gonia
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​​​Gaia Winery​​​​​​​

Chatterbox Santorini Travel Guide Gaia Winery Monolithos
​Location: Monolithos​​
​Gaia, founded by Leon Karatsalos and Yiannis Paraskevopoulos, had their first vintage of Santorini in 1994 and have never looked back since. Their boutique winery, located in Monolithos on the east coast of the island, was built inside an old tomato processing plant, a remnant of Santorini’s artisanal, agricultural history, dating back to the early 19th century. 
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Gavalas Winery​​​​​​​​​

Chatterbox Santorini Travel Guide Gavalas Winery Megalochori
​​​​​Location: Megalochori​​
The Gavalas family’s history, part of the rich tradition of winemaking in Santorini, is carried on today by George Gavalas utilizing many of the same practices as his distant forefathers. But even though many customs of the past still remain, George has been able to bring a modern approach to the family business.
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​​Hatzidakis Winery​​​​​​​​​​​

Chatterbox Santorini Travel Guide Hatzidakis Winery Pyrgos
Location: Pyrgos​​
In 1996, Haridimos and Konstantina Hadzidakis returned to the family vineyard their parents had been forced to abandon long ago, after the earthquake of 1956. Together they transformed a traditional cave or “canava, carved in volcanic rock, into a small boutique winery that now produces some of the finest PDO Santorini wines on the island. 
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Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum​

Chatterbox Santorini Travel Guide Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum​ Vothanos
​​​​ ​​​ Location: Vothanos
Volcan Wines, founded in 1880 by Grigoris and Dimitris Koutsoyannopoulos, has become known for its leading role in support of the ancient winemaking and cultural traditions of this unique volcanic island. The winery is now being lead by George, the 4th generation of Koutsoyannopoulos winemakers.  The winery also features an impressive underground museum that recreates the winemaking traditions of generations past.​​
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​​​Santo Wines​​

Chatterbox Santorini Travel Guide Santo wines Pyrgos
​​​Location: Pyrgos
SantoWines, (Union of Santorini Cooperative) has been an integral part of Santorini’s historic winemaking tradition since 1947 and continues to flourish.  Situated in the village of Pyrgos, the winery of SantoWines and their Oenotourism Center, welcome visitors from all over the world as they enjoy one of the most spectacular views of the famous Santorini Caldera from their beautiful veranda and tasting rooms.
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​​​Sigalas Estate​​​​

Chatterbox Santorini Travel Guide Sigalas Estate Oia
​​Location: Oia
Raised on Santorini, Paris Sigalas, first began making wine inside the traditional cave or “canava” located at the family home where he was born. Paris now runs a modern winery located in the same village of Baxedes, where visitors can come to taste his special wines and enjoy the famous Santorini sunset.
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​​​Venetsanos​​

Location: Megalochori
The Venetsanos family has a long tradition of producing Santorini wine, where their winery was built in 1947 to serve the needs of the island. Subsequently, the winery became the first commercial winery on the island, exporting wines as far away as Russia. The winery is located just above Santorini’s port of Athinios, overlooking the magnificent caldera of Santorini.
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Chatterbox Santorini Travel Guide Venetsanos Megalochori
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