If you enjoy learning about and/or drinking wine, then taking a wine tour of Santorini is an experience you shouldn’t miss. Santorini boasts some of the oldest vineyards in Europe and long-established wineries over 100 years old.
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Unique Wine Tour
My mother and I booked a Half Day Tour with Santorini Wine Adventure. As a part of the tour, they picked us up from our hotel before departing to visit three wineries and vineyards.
The first step of the tour was to learn about the grape vines. This is one feature that makes a Santorini wine tour unique. The vines are wrapped in a basket shape and kept low to the ground. This is to help the grapes in the dry, windy climate. They look very different than the typical vineyard. Being a volcanic island, Santorini has a unique climate and soil combination that also leads to an unmatched taste in wine.
Wineries Old and New
We rode from winery to winery, at each of the locations we toured their facility and learned their production methods of great wine. Some of the newer wineries showed us high tech machinery, while the older facilities demonstrated the history of their productions over time.
Our tour guide/wine expert spoke English well and was full of information, facts, and knowledge. Seeing how the wines were actually produced allowed me to appreciate the tastings even more.
What would a wine tour would it be if we didn’t get to taste lots of wine? At each of the wineries, we were given thoughtfully paired cheeses and snacks. The pairings themselves allowed you to fully experience the wine.
In my expert drinking opinion, there are two kinds of wine in the world; the wines you enjoy and the wines you don’t. I also believe that with knowledge comes appreciation so this was a great educational experience
The three famous Santorini Wines:
- Assyrtiko / Santorini Wine- Assyrtiko is the name of the local grape, a crisp white wine that must be a high-percentage of local Assyrtiko grapes to claim the name ‘Santorini Wine.’
- Nykteri- The night harvest wine made, again, with the Assyrtiko grapes. It is then traditionally barrel-aged. Nykteri is meant to be enjoyed with food.
- Vinsanto-A sweet dessert, sipping wine made with sun-dried grapes to keep the alcohol content lower and sugars higher. Great paired with blue cheese, something sweet, or on its own! I found this one to be the most memorable!
Wine Fun Facts:
-Acidic wines increase our hunger
-White wines gain color as they age, red wines lose color as they age.
-The first week of August is harvest time in Santorini [if you want to come and harvest!]
-Greeks almost always have food when drinking.
-When pairing wines with food, a simple way is to pair regional foods with the region of the wine. For Santorini, that could be; seafood, fish, white eggplant, tomato, and goat cheese.
-Red tannin attacks proteins in dry wines; it will take the proteins out of our saliva. If you pair dry, tannic red wine with meat or high protein food, it reduces the dry and aggressive tannin experience on the palate.
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Santorini Wine Adventures offers several wine tour experiences. If you are interested in doing the same wine tour that we did, HERE is the direct link. I would happily do it again. While it is not exactly a budget-friendly experience, it was a great value for the money. Overall, it was easy going, informative, and delicious! Definitely, one of the best tours I have ever been on.
Let me know your favorite kind of wine in the comments below, I am still getting to know my wine pallet so I appreciate all your input!
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