Wine has been produced in Santorini since ancient times, and being one of the only wine regions to escape the grape phylloxera makes Santorini the oldest wine region in the world. Most visitors to the island rush to Oia, sitting on the far north end of the island, for sunset. But situated high on the cliff on the outskirts of the Pyrgos village, Santo Wines Winery is practically in the very center of the island and has an amazing terrace with a perfect view of the caldera.
The Union of Santorini Cooperatives, SantoWines was founded in 1947. Today, it consists of the largest organization of the island representing all the cultivators and counting 1.200 active members. SantoWines is committed to safeguarding the local traditional cultivations, producing highest quality Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) Santorini wines and products as well as promoting sustainable agriculture development. SantoWines’ R&D invests in the ongoing development of cultivation and vinification techniques, while it aims at the preservation of the biodiversity through the operation of a nursery of autochthonous varieties, a solid base for study and trial cultivation of local grapes. The traditional cultivations of the farmers-members of the cooperative, guarantee the authenticity and the premium quality of the products.