A defining characteristic of Santorini, is its wines. The preferred wines of the island are so distinctive that they can only be distinguished by smell. The most common is Vinsanto wine, a sweet wine with robust, distinct aromas. Vinsanto wine is one of the most renowned wines of Santorini. It is among the most popular on the island due to its robust flavor and beautiful, distinct hue. Before discussing Vinsanto wine, however, we should examine the renowned vineyards of Santorini.

Santorini’s vineyards 

The vineyards of Santorini are well-known throughout Greece and the world. They are so unique due to Santorini’s climate and soil. The volcanic eruption produced a unique and magnificent topography. In addition, the weather on the island is dry, rainless, and relaxed throughout the year. It is estimated that the Cyclades enjoy 300 days of sunshine per year. 

The relationship between Santorini and wine dates back to 3000 B.C. The vineyards have continuously produced wine for 4,000 years, except for roughly 300 years after the volcanic eruption. After that, the island was utterly devoid of life due to the ash and lava that covered it from side to side. 

Today, the vineyard of Santorini consists of approximately 1,200 hectares of family-owned vineyards that are part of the intangible cultural heritage of Greece due to their unique geographical conditions and cultivation methods. 

Santorini is one of the best locations in Greece to sample exceptional wines. As well as Vinsanto and Assyrtiko is Santorini’s most renowned wine. Volcanic soil, strong winds, and intense sunlight are in the globe’s tiniest locations. As a result, they are intricate, one-of-a-kind, and in high demand worldwide. 

Many vines are shaped like low-lying baskets to protect grapes from strong winds. The vines on the island are not artificially irrigated, and since rainfall is uncommon, they rely on humidity and sea mist for moisture. In addition, the opportunity to tour a vineyard and sample the world-renowned Vinsanto and Assyrtiko is offered in Santorini. 

All of the wines of Santorini are vibrant and full-bodied, with citrus aromas and a common volcanic origin, combining crisp acidity with intense minerality in the mouth and distinctive salinity on the palate. 

Vinsanto’s Background 

Vinsanto wine is also known as the gods’ ambrosia due to its sweet flavor. Although Vinsanto wine has been renowned since the 12th century, it did not achieve true fame until after 1783, when it traveled to the major markets of Russia.  

Today, more than two centuries later, this rare, sweet diamond of the land of Santorini continues to perform so spectacularly that has earned its place among the world’s finest dessert wines. It all begins with the distinctive soil of the internationally renowned island of Santorini.  

Vinsanto wine


Details About Vinsanto wine 

The best characteristics of Vinsanto wine are its complexity, intensity, well-balanced sweetness, and immense aging potential. 

Vinsanto wine is proudly endowed with the essential characteristics that attest to its distinguished breed and the exceptional terroir of its origin: astounding concentration, mineral character, and tenacious acidity that effortlessly balances over 40 oz/gal of unfermented sugars. 

Vinsanto wine has a golden orange hue and a fruity flavor reminiscent of quinces, braised figs, dates, and ripe yellow fruit, with hints of honey and caramel. In contrast, once it attains the status of “venerable nectar,” it acquires a darker hue and intense aromas reminiscent of coffee, dried fruit, molasses, and incense. Vinsanto wine is one of the sweetest Greek wines produced exclusively on Santorini.

The best desserts to pair with Vinsanto wine are those based on caramel, fig, dried nuts, coffee, or quince.  

Wine museum & Vinsanto 

The Wine Museum is in a 300-meter-long, 8-meter-deep cave adjacent to Kamari’s “Volcan Wines” vineyard.

Through reconstructions, mobile wax sculptures, and audio guides, visitors can learn about the history of vining, the traditional process of wine cultivation, harvesting, and trade, and experience scenes from the lives of vine growers between 1660 and 1950.

During the tour, guests can view reconstructions of vinegrowing on the island of Santorini in the late 1600s that combine a vivid and unique impression.

The museum’s collection includes machinery, implements, and grape processing tools from the seventeenth to the fifties. The exhibits are of significant historical significance. For instance, one of the exhibits is a massive bulk steam press from Bavaria that was brought to the base of King Othon.

The Koutsogiannopoulos family owns the museum, and George Koutsogiannopoulos is the primary owner. Brothers Gregory and Dimitris Koutsogiannopoulos founded the wine museum in 1880.

Vinsanto wine is produced in the world-famous vineyards of Santorini. The volcanic eruption created a breathtaking landscape. This is why Santorini has such exceptional wines. We recommend visiting the Wine Museum in Santorini to learn more about wine and volcanic history. Vincanto wine and all other Santorini wines are unique and cannot be produced elsewhere.

At Arivia, you can also purchase a bottle of  Vinsanto wine or any other wine you prefer. In your Arivia Group villa, you can taste the unique Santorinian wines while enjoying the breathtaking view and tranquil atmosphere. At Arivia Group, we recommend the best activities to make your stay on the island memorable.

Reserve a villa in the Arivia Group and have a one-of-a-kind experience on the most beautiful island. 


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