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Santorini: Three Wineries and One Brewery Tour with Tastings

1. Santorini: Three Wineries and One Brewery Tour with Tastings

Firstly we will see a local brewery “Crazy donkey”, “Yellow donkey” and the “Red donkey” and will taste 3 different local beers. Our next stop will be a traditional winery "Art Space" located in a picturesque little village of Exo Gonia, its secrets hidden among volcanic stones. This winery named “Best winery of Greece” and its cellars are located under the ground in a cave. After we will visit the Argyros Estate. This sleek estate offers a fully modern aesthetic while adhering to traditional methods of wine production, such as using mules to plow the fields and using grape byproducts to enrich the soil. A Cliffside winery with a remarkable view of Caldera will be our last stop, followed, of course, by wine tasting. The Venetsanos winery will inspire you to take many pictures as you admire the incredible sunset!

Santorini: Cooking Lesson with Wine Tasting or Beach Visit

2. Santorini: Cooking Lesson with Wine Tasting or Beach Visit

With the help of a professional local chef, you'll get hands-on training and you will learn new cooking techniques that can easily be repeated at home. You'll discover our traditions and learn tips about the unique Santotinian and Mediterranean cuisine. Vegetarians are welcome. You can cook a fully vegetarian menu. THE MENU 1. Authentic Santorinian Salad. Santorinian cherry tomatoes, katsouni (local cucumber), spring onions, fresh goat cheese 2. Traditional tomato fritters Cherry tomatoes, onions 3. Fava (yellow split peas puree). Yellow split peas, dry onions, bay leaves 4. a. Pork fillets in Vinsanto wine sauce. Pork, spring onion, visanto wine b. Santorinian spaghetti (1st alternative to pork dish) Santorinian tomato paste, garlic. c. Mushrooms in Visanto wine sauce (2nd alternative to pork dish). Choose one of the options if you wish to combine your cooking class with a winetasting session with 5 PDO Santorini wines and a wine tour and/or with a visit to Perivolos black sand beach, where you will enjoy a cocktail and fruit salad as you recline on private sun-loungers. Santorini not only boasts of breathtaking views but produces a range of wines from 40 different indigenous grape varieties. The wine tasting session includes a tour of the winery cellars with an expert sommelier, followed by wine-tasting.

Santorini: Guided Wineries Tour with Wine Tastings

3. Santorini: Guided Wineries Tour with Wine Tastings

Travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle as you tour 3 of Santorini's wine estates. Discover ancient winemaking traditions, tour one of the top 10 wine museums in the world, and hear about the cutting-edge production facilities at one of the most imposing wineries on the island. Start your wine tasting tour at Venetsanos Winery, the first industrial winery on the island. This beautiful wine estate is located right above the Port of Athinios overlooking the magnificent caldera of Santorini. Learn about the winery's rich history and marvel at striking views. Take an optional guided tour led by a sommelier and learn about quality, enology, and flavor alchemy. Sample 4 of the estate's wines accompanied by an assortment of light snacks. Next, head to the Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum. This one-of-a-kind museum is nestled in a cave and took the family who owns the estate 21 years to create. Learn about the history of winemaking from an audio guide and taste 4 different wines served with crackers and chocolate. Finally, head to one of the most imposing wineries on the island of Santorini, Estate Argyros. Listen as specialized wine educators provide detailed information about the estate as well as the grape varieties indigenous to Santorini. Sip on 4 of the estate's current vintage wines accompanied by an assortment of fine Greek cheeses and breadsticks.

Santorini: Private Full Day Sunset Tour with Dinner

4. Santorini: Private Full Day Sunset Tour with Dinner

Explore Santorini with a full-day tour from Fira, including a private guide, round-trip transportation in an air-conditioned SUV, a visit to Art Space, and dinner with sunset views. Learn about the island's history and culture while visiting Imerovigli, Exo Gonia, Emporio, Red Beach, and more. Begin your tour with SUV transportation from Fira to Imerovigli. Listen as your private guide describes the geological formation of Santorini's unique volcanic landscape. Stop at Monolithos Beach to sink your feet into the black sand and feast your eyes on a panoramic view. Continue to Exo Gonia, a quiet village that's home to the 18th-century Agios Charalambos Church. Explore the 19th-century Art Space gallery and winery, which displays contemporary Greek paintings and sculptures in a former wine cave. Wander next door to local vineyards for a tour or tasting. The next stop is the lively village of Emporio in the southern region of Santorini. Wander its narrow alleyways to a 15th-century Venetian Castle and then continue to the Akrotiri Lighthouse, one of the oldest lighthouses in Greece. Take a photo or enjoy the views of the endless blue Aegean Sea. Make a short stop at the Red Beach to take a photo of its iconic, red sand before driving to dinner at a family-run tavern. Popular with the locals, the tavern is located right on the water, offering specialty dishes like Santorinian salads, fresh fish, and tomatokeftedes (a fried tomato appetizer). After dinner, visit a secret location known as the "Heart of Santorini" to watch the evening sunset. Enjoy a bottle of local wine as the sun sinks into the sea and turns the sky deep shades of red, orange, and blue. Conclude your day trip by returning to the SUV and driving back to Fira.

From Fira: Santorini Wine Tasting & Wineries Private Tour

5. From Fira: Santorini Wine Tasting & Wineries Private Tour

In this tour our main goal is for all the guests to experience the uniqueness of our most famous local product – Wine!!! We will begin our tour visiting Argyros Estate, a winery with great history as it was established officially in 1903 although the Argyros family has been involved in wine production for decades before that. It is the largest private owner of vineyards in Santorini and the current landholdings exceed 120 ha, a vast, four-generations-long investment. Estate Argyros works almost exclusively with old vines because only these vineyards can provide the depth, the definition and the concentration needed to produce the desired style of wine. Our next stop is Artemis Karamolegos Winery. Based upon the solid foundations of granddad Artemis’s winemaking tradition since 1952, the winery made a dynamic entry in contemporary winemaking in 2004, when grandson Artemis Karamolegos invested in the production facility and the privately owned vineyards, producing wine of protected designation of origin (PDO) for the first time. Almost 15 years later, the wines keep earning prizes at international and domestic competitions while our export activities continue to grow on a yearly basis: we are currently the third largest winery of Santorini in terms of production volume. In between the winery visits it is always nice to have a look at the amazing landscapes of Santorini… The next stop will be a small surprise in one of the most famous spots on the island.. At the end of our tour, we will visit Santo Wines Winery. This winery located at the top of the cliffside and combines the amazing views with very interestingly flavored wines. The Union of Santorini Cooperatives, Santo Wines was founded in 1947. Today, it consists of the largest organization of the island representing all the cultivators and counting 1.200 active members. Santo Wines produces highest quality Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) Santorini wines and products as well as promoting sustainable agriculture development. After your visiting the third winery you will be transferred back to your accommodation. Additional Info: • Amendments on the above program are possible as this is a private tour. • Booking confirmation is always subject to availability. • Services animals are allowed in the vehicle. • Not wheelchair accessibility • Most travelers can participate. • The above-mentioned tour is private which means that no other group or guests participate. Useful tips: • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Santorini: A taste of Mediterranean Cuisine Dinner

6. Santorini: A taste of Mediterranean Cuisine Dinner

You are picked up from your hotel by a mini van and shortly after a smooth ride you will arrive to one out of top ten restaurants in Santorini. Aroma Avlis is a new concept restaurant. Delicious tastes are gracefully paired with Artemis Karamolegos' wines in a wonderful yard offering fine views. Here you can choose from two menus and one Vegetarian menu.  You may select Tomato balls and fava beans or eggplant salad and fava beans with crunchy bread pies. For starter, choose a beef fillet with Vinsanto sauce or fish fillet (sautéed or in the grill), or traditional garlic spaghetti or spaghetti with season’s vegetables and tomato sauce, lamp cooked in a traditional recipe from Crete (Tsigariasto) with fried potatoes or rooster in red tomato sauce with “skioufihta” (homemade pasta from Crete) for main course. Your meal is accompanied with 0.5 l wine (for two person). At the end, you enjoy a magnificent dessert.

Santorini: Wine Tasting Experience with a Gourmet Meal

7. Santorini: Wine Tasting Experience with a Gourmet Meal

The tour departs from Kamaria Village or Fira Town, depending on the option selected, and heads to the first stop of the day, Argyros Estate. Learn about the island’s indigenous grapes as well as the history of the estate. Taste four of the estate’s vintage wines, accompanied by an assortment of Greek cheese and bread sticks. Arrive at Venetsanos Winery next, which boasts panoramic views of the volcanic caldera. Discover the history of Santorini wine and the old techniques used to produce it as you explore the winery and taste exceptional wines. Finally, visit Artemis Karamolegos Winery for another guided tour and a tasting session of three unique wines. Once you have worked up a bit of an appetite, enjoy a delicious lunch of local dishes and traditional delicacies. Items included in the lunch are spinach salad, dakos salad, tzatziki, cheese spread, tomato fritters, chicken fillet, mushroom risotto, fresh fruit, and more.

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What people are saying about Exo Gonia

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 353 reviews

This was incredible tour. All of the choices our guide made for us in terms of wineries were incredible and we got to see a bit of each of the history and views at each of the wineries. At the end of the tour we watched the sunset from a beautiful lookout point. It was probably the best part of the trip for us.

Amazing experience. Perfect amount of time. Wineries were great. Michael was a great tour guide, gave us great history and a tour of the island. Definitely recommend both this trip and Michael as a tour guide!!!

Excellent experience. We went on a wine tasting tour around three different wineries in Santorini with Michael as our guide. He was excellent and ensured we had a great time!

Great experience , lovely way to get the know the Santorini wines. Our guide, Nikol, had a great knowledge of the wines and was very friendly. Would definitely recommend it.

Bit of confusion over the starting time but otherwise really good.