Wines, Santorini Island
This is just a great shop.We saw it on our way into Oia a small wine paradise.They have a huge selection of Greek wines and of course that unique wines from Santorini.I talked to the owners and they told us that maybe next year they will be able to give some wine tastings in the store.The good thing is they also have an online shop where you can buy most of the wines from home.It worked just fine for us.We love Santorini and its people so much that just want to have a small taste of it any time we get the opuntunity.
J & M New York City
What to buy: Great greek wines and a lot of the local Santorini ones.
What to pay: You could spend from 5 to 5000 euro in this store.
Wines of Santorini are special because the vines are grown in the rich and fertile volcanic soil.
There is no fresh water supplies in the small island, and many months of strong, hot winds every year.
As a result, the only water that the vineyards accept is the early morning dew as the pre-dawn sea mists roll across, their moisture being absorbed by the volcanic lava rock. That explains the view of "crawling" vines you see everywhere in the island [and in 2 pics here in my 'things to do' tip]. They try to capture the humidity before sun's heat comes.
What to buy: Vinsanto:
Naturally sweet wine from sun dried grapes types Assyrtico & Aidani.
Dark color, honey & raisins aromas.
By tradition, Santorini vines harvest in the afternoon, and vine "Nykteri" during the night. [Nykteri = staying up all night].
Types: Assyrtico, Aidani & Athiri.
12 month maturation in barrels. Aromas of citrus fruits and vanilla.
What to pay: Nykteri, 9.15 Eur
Vinsanto, 14.01 Eur
I can not give a description of any shop, given that you can find Santorini wines in many places e.g: super markets, wineries, liquor shops.
What to buy: Santorini wines are unique, because of their unique taste!And this unique taste is provided by the rich and fertile volcanic soil.
If you are "connoisseurs", there is a special 'liqueur wine" called: VISANTO.Its name comes from the Italian word: vino santo and means: holy wine.It is a very sweet wine and can be drunk as an aperitif.Pay attention: its "sweatness" can strike your head, drink it with moderation!
And goes without saying that being a "holy wine", it is the favourite wine for the Orthodox and Catholic Church for liturgical reasons: it is used in the Holy Eucharist.
Enjoy it and be holy!
What to pay: Prices start from 3 Euros and on.