Santorini Wineries

Wine Makers of Santorini

Santo Wines
SantoWines, (Union of Santorini Cooperative) has been an integral part of Santorini’s historic winemaking tradition since 1947 and continues to flourish with the support of its 2500 members. SantoWines successfully combines the latest in modern winemaking techniques with a strong commitment to the sustainable development of the Santorini vineyard as well as to maintaining the longstanding viticultural and winemaking traditions of Santorini that have been passed down through generations of its dedicated members. SantoWines has also been instrumental in continuing the cultivation of other traditional artisanal agricultural products native to the island. Situated in the village of Pyrgos, the winery of SantoWines and their Oenotourism Center, welcome visitors from all over the world as they enjoy one of the most spectacular views of the famous Santorini Caldera from their beautiful veranda and tasting rooms.

Domain Sigalas
Raised on Santorini, Paris Sigalas, first began making wine inside the traditional cave or “canava” located at the family home where he was born. Paris now runs a modern winery located in the same village of Baxedes, where visitors can come to taste his special wines and enjoy the famous Santorini sunset. A mathematician by trade, Sigalas has given all of his time and effort to realizing the extraordinary potential that the Assyrtiko of Santorini has to offer. Because of Paris’ deep affection for his native island, he has continued the island’s ancient winemaking traditions and has become a tireless advocate for the protection of the historic vineyard and the unique viticultural practices still used there.

One of the prized estates of the Boutari Group, the Santorini winery, located in  Megalohori, opened in 1989 and has played a leading role in the commercial development of Santorini wines worldwide, as well as in the viticultural development of the island. Boutari has brought experience and innovative thinking to Santorini, playing a pivotal role in establishing the modern parameters for today’s August harvest and helping Assyrtiko achieve its full potential. Combining modern winemaking techniques with tradition, Boutari has helped raise the qualitative standards required for the production of Santorini’s PDO wines. Their wines are focused mainly on local indigenous grapes, including the whites varieties of Assyrtiko, Aidani and Athiri and the reds of Mandilaria and Mavrotragano. They also have 6 hectares of their own vineyards, first planted in 1992, where they experiment with local varieties using traditional viticultural techniques.

Gavalas Winery
The Gavalas family’s history, part of the rich tradition of winemaking in Santorini, is carried on today by George Gavalas utilizing many of the same practices as his distant forefathers. But even though many customs of the past still remain, George has been able to bring a modern approach to the family business in order to help realize the enormous potential of the indigenous varieties from this unique volcanic island. The winery, located in Megalohori, focuses on the main variety of Assyrtiko, but also been involved in reviving some of the more obscure grapes on the island like Katsano and Gaidouria.

Koutsoyannopoulos Winery
Volcan Wines, founded in 1880 by Grigoris and Dimitris Koutsoyannopoulos, has become known for its leading role in support of the ancient winemaking and cultural traditions of this unique volcanic island. The winery is now being lead by George, the 4th generation of Koutsoyannopoulos winemakers, who has continued the family’s commitment to developing the huge potential of the island’s unique indigenous varieties, including Assyrtiko, Aidani, Mavrotragano, Mavrathiro and Mandilaria. The winery also features an impressive underground museum that recreates the winemaking traditions of generations past.