Wineries on Santorini
Viticulture in Santorini
The soil, which was formed as a result of the last volcanic eruption on Santorini, has a unique composition of rust, cinders, lava and pumice. Most plants do not thrive in this environment, but the grapevine does. It grows well even under these special circumstances. The moisture produced during the night is absorbed by the soil. Thus, despite hot temperatures, water is available.
The Argyros winery was founded in 1903, however, the families had been involved in wine growing for many decades before that. Today, the Argyros family is the largest private owner of vineyards on Santorini (120 ha). In 2005, a new visitor centre and new production facilities have been installed. In 2019, Wine & Spirits magazine named Argyros one of the top 100 wineries in the world for the sixth time.
The Vassaltis winery is the latest addition to Santorini's winemaking era. Owner Yannis Valambous' story sounds a bit like a fairy tale. The successful economist gave up his career in the UK when he inherited his father's old vineyard in Santorini. Together with two talented oenologists, he turned his vision into reality - to turn the family's aging vineyards into a state-of-the-art boutique winery with exquisite wines. Just stop by this wonderful winery and taste some wine and enjoy a bite to eat.