This insightful tour will combine Greek wines and an introduction to the thousand-year-old viticulture tradition of Greece, with a visit to the Ancient Akrotiri, the prehistoric Pompeii, which is one of the most unique sights the island of Santorini has to offer. Listen as your expert guide recounts stories of ash and fire, take a stroll around the majestic ruins, and upscale your visiting experience with a tour around 3 acclaimed wineries that have a long-standing tradition in Santorini.
Your day will begin with a visit to the world-famous Akrotiri excavations, located on the southern Santorini coast. With the assistance of your expert guide, take a stroll around the streets, and see the still-standing houses of the Bronze Age. With a layer of volcanic ash covering the island, the city was sealed in a time-capsule, which shocked archaeologists in the 20th century when they discovered it. You will be surprised by the level of sophistication that already existed in the land in the Bronze Age . Your guide will tell you stories of the mythical island of Atlantis, as described by Plato, pointing out the similarities between Atlantis and the site of Akrotiri.
Your tour will continue with a tasting of local wines in 3 different traditional wineries. Trust the experienced, expertly-trained sommeliers and allow your senses to enjoy the potent bouquets of various Greek wines. You will start with the Boutari winery, a family-run winery that has conquered the international wine market with its top-quality offerings. You will learn about the Therian tradition of wine-making and visit the fields where the pearl-sized grapes are grown. Then, the tour will move to the Gavalas winery, running since the 19th century as a family-owned business. Here, you will learn about the history of wine-making in Santorini and its culture, and even get the opportunity to taste Vinsanto wine; the variety that is favored by churches and monasteries for the making of Holy Communion.
Your day will finish at the Karamolegos winery, where you will have the opportunity to see how the owners have been able to successfully combine modern equipment with traditional methods to produce aged wines that are of the highest quality, offering a distinctive, sophisticated taste. To enrich your tasting experience, a variety of local cheeses and snacks that will perfectly complement the wines will be available at every winery on your tour.