The historic Santorini wine region is 3.500-years old, considered by many as one of the most important vineyards across the Mediterranean Sea and even the whole world. Besides the historic importance of the Santorini region, there are some characteristics that make it unique in the wine history of the world. The volcanic soil of Santorini is the main reason why the wines of the island have a strong character due to its totally different composition.
The cultivation methods also differ from other wine regions, as the vines grown in a circular style (called kouloures) in order to be protected from the wind and to keep the morning humidity inside the plant, as this is the only water that they receive along with the rainfalls. Want to learn more about the Santorini vineyard ? Book a seat at the Santorini Wine Roads Tour, Cooking & Tasting Experience Tour, Santorini Hidden Treats Tour, Greek Food & Wine Tasting Tour, Honeymoon Delight Tour or Discover Santorini Tour.
The Santorini Wines Schedule. The vine harvest in Santorini takes place in late August. This is a call for celebration and an event that the people of Santorini look forward to all year long. The wine harvesting is called vedema and every variety receives a different treatment. For example, the making of the Vinsanto wine requires a quantity of the harvested grapes to be dried in the sun for 12-14 days before they are crushed and fermented. This, along with a wait of at least two years, is what helps create this unique, dessert orange-golden coloured wine, the world famous Vinsanto. As for the Nychteri variety, the main work takes place at night, hence the name “Nychteri”, which means “working at night”. Do you want to know how Santorini’s wines are made? Then embark on the Santorini Wine Roads Tour, Cooking & Tasting Experience Tour, Santorini Hidden Treats Tour, Greek Food & Wine Tasting Tour, Honeymoon Delight Tour, or Discover Santorini Tour designed by Santorini Wine Tour!
Wine harvesting in the past. In the past, winemakers preferred hand-pickers for the harvesting ofthe grapes, in order to ensure a more careful treatment of the fruit when being picked and placed into hampers. In those days the whole village was involved in the grape harvest celebrations, as it was a special occasion, carrying with it several local customs. Not only was a notable financial resource, but also a chance for people to entertain themselves during those hard years. The fiesta was panctuated by girls stepping out to meet young men, donkeys carrying the grapes to the Canaves( wineries), people with naked feet pressing the grapes and Vedema songs playing. The grape pressers put fresh basil behind their ears to help them not to feel dizzy while pressing the grapes, and wore cloth on their heads to prevent the sweat from falling into the grape juice. The history of Santorini wine unfolds at the following tours: Santorini Wine Roads Tour, Cooking & Tasting Experience Tour, Santorini Hidden Treats Tour, Greek Food & Wine Tasting Tour, Honeymoon Delight Tour, Discover Santorini Tour.