The famous assyrtico wine of Santorini!

For the love of wine: the Santorini wine making story.

You have probably heard of the Santorini island rich viniculture history. And we are pretty sure that you are informed about the Vinsanto wine long before your arrival. As August is the month of wine harvest in Santorini, the month where you will see people collecting this precious fruit of Santorini’s soil as you are heading to the beaches of the island, we prepared this article with interesting tips about the Santorini wine scene.

The most famous varieties are assysrtico, aidani and athiri. The first two are giving the world famous Vinsanto wine. Vinsanto during the 18th century was massively exported to Russia where it was used for the Holy Communion. The very name though means Vino from Santorini. Today, the best way to enjoy Vinsanto is at sunset time or after a genuine Santorini meal.

Enjoy the tastes of Ira Hotel & Spa restaurant with a glass of Santorini wine!

Enjoy the tastes of Ira Hotel & Spa restaurant with a glass of Santorini wine!

In Santorini, more than 10 wineries are open to the public. You can address to the reception to arrange a wine tour, which is one of the must live experiences. The wineries are scattered across the island from Oia all the way to Pyrgos, Megalochori, Exo Gonia, Vourvoulos and more. A wine tour most likely includes a short tour to the vineyards – Santorini vines are growing in circular shapes to be protected from the winds and capture the morning humidity – and wine tasting in specially designed wine tasting halls.

It will be a miss if you do not enjoy as many Santorini wines you can. Besides the labels made with Assyrtico, Nychteri has an interesting story as it is made at night time, thus its name meaning – made at vesper. Also, there are some red wines from Santorini made by Mandilaria and Maurotragano. The red wines are the new power in Santorini wine making scene, gaining daily more and more admirers.

To enjoy the Santorini wines without moving even a step, you just have to open the White Cave Restaurant’s Wine List where most of Santorini’s wines await to be uncorked and enjoyed! To combine a fine wine with a fine stay in Santorini just click on www.ira-hotel.com.

Enjoy the sunset of Santorini with a glass of local wine at the terraces of Ira Hotel Spa in Firostefani.

Enjoy the sunset of Santorini with a glass of local wine at the terraces of Ira Hotel Spa in Firostefani.