SANTORINI – CRETE 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

Available from April to June & September to October.

Day 1 – ATHENS

After arrival at Athens airport, the unique wine tourism experience in Greece begins with a meeting with a Greek wine expert and a transfer to a hotel of Athens. A short briefing on the itinerary will be followed by an introduction to the Greek vineyard and its wines, for a first, theoretical approach and training on the subject. Moving on from theory to practice, an afternoon tasting of three wines from the area of Attica, accompanied by cheese and cold meat will take us back in time. The area of Attica, where the capital of Greece, Athens, is situated is home for the largest single vineyard of the country and has a huge wine tradition. Here the native white variety Savatiano is dominant, alongside many other Greek and international grape varieties.

Day 2 – ATHENS – SANTORINI

After breakfast at the hotel, early in the morning departure to Santorini by ferry. After a first look at the island, which takes one’s breath as it rises up through the sea and it captures the mind with an image that you can’t forget, we visit Domaine Sigalas. This is one of the best wineries of the island, with world class wines of international reputation. After a tasting of the wines, a meal on the winery’s premises will take place. Santorini’s white wines, mainly the ones of the variety Assyrtiko, are amongst the best white wines of the world due to the soil and climate conditions of the island (very limited rain, strong winds and volcanic soil which has never been infected by phylloxera). Next visit and wine tasting at the wonderful winery of one of the largest wine producing companies of Greece, Boutari. Its winery in Santorini looks like a flying saucer and is an architectural monument, with excellent reception facilities. Dinner at one of the island’s restaurants, accompanied by local wines and overnight stay.

Day 3 – SANTORINI – CRETE

After breakfast visit to the archaeological site of Akrotiri which was inhabited during the Late Neolithic period (around 4500 BC) and by the 18th century BC had become a city. With the eruption of the active, even today, volcano of Santorini, in the beginning of the 17th century BC it was destroyed and was re-built and flourished in the Late Cycladic period I, until the Minoan eruption. A visit, wine tasting and a light meal in the beautiful Gaia winery, built by the sea. Departure for Crete. Arrival at the city of Heraklion, transportation at the hotel and dinner at the hotel’s roof-garden, accompanied by local wines. This is the first contact with Cretan wines whose dynamics is constantly rising in recent years.

Day 4 – CRETE

After breakfast visit of the archaeological site of Knossos, an important city of antiquity, from the Neolithic period until the 5th century. It was the base of king Minos with the palace and the beautiful myths about the Labyrinth and the Minotaur, being the main attraction. Visit and wine tasting at Lyrarakis winery. Manolis Lyrarakis is one of the visionary winemakers of Crete who promoted indigenous varieties of the island such as Dafni and Plyto. After wine tasting, we will enjoy our lunch, based on the traditions of ancient Minoan gastronomy. Before returning to Heraklion we will visit Silva Daskalaki winery, where we will taste winemaker’s award-winning wines, most of which are produced by biodynamic viticulture. Gourmet dinner in a restaurant of the modern city of Heraklion of Crete, accompanied by Cretan wines, excellent examples of Mediterranean style.

Day 5 – DEPARTURE

After breakfast transfer to Heraklion airport.