Local Area Information
You can find plenty of shops, cafes, bars and traditional taverns with savory dishes and fine wines. An asset of Emporio village is the fact that it is close to Perissa village and the cosmopolitan volcanic beaches of Perissa and Perivolos. There you can find pool bars, clubs, a vivid nightlife and the most popular beach resorts with many facilities. Another remarkable spot is the Gavrilos hills that have eight traditional windmills and offer a ravishing view.
The big attraction of Emporio is the medieval Kasteli, one of the five fortified castles of Santorini. Inside the castle there is a church that dates back to the 16th century or earlier. In close distance lies the Tower of Nimborio, a square building that was used as a watchtower and a refuge.
Santorini is an island with long wine-making tradition. The volcanic soil and the water-filled climate of Santorini give a unique taste to the local wine. The wine of Santorini was famous all over the Mediterranean basin in ancient times and even today it is exported in many countries of the world. Vinsanto, Nychteri, and Mezzo are just some of the local varieties that can be found in many restaurants on the island and in various cellars in the world.
You are free to explore the wineries and book tours on your own but there are also many companies offering wine tours. During the tours your are driven to different wineries, take tours and taste the wine. There are different options to choose from with food and lunch provided or sunset wine tasting with caldera views.
There are many wineries on Santorini, but here is a list of the top ones:Santo Winery Santorini (Pyrgos)
Gavalas Winery (Megalochori)
When I asked locals which Santorini winery was their favourite, the majority pointed me to Gavalas. Over 300 years old, the family-run winery doesn’t have a restaurant or any notable views, but what they lack in those two realms, they make up in the wine department.
Venetsanos Winery (Megalochori)
Yamas (cheers) to the dramatic views at Venetsantos Winery! Carved into a cliff, this winery offers front row seats to the caldera…
Boutari Winery Santorini
You’ll want to snap a pic of the white-domed building at Boutari before heading in. Voted as one of the ‘ten architectural wonders of the wine world’, it’s where they host tastings, tours and art programs…
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