The stunning first impression of the Mediterranean Island of Santorini, Greece was the colour contrast of the white washed buildings with blue shutters, domes and accents on the backdrop of the blue sea and the blue sky!
The main source of income of the gorgeous Santorini is tourism; every summer, more than 300,000 tourists, mostly European, flock to the volcanic island to enjoy the pristine volcanic rock beaches, fabulous food and nightlife. In addition, 790,000 day tourists arrived in 2015 by cruise ship.
We were surprised and pleased to learn that the rich volcanic soil and sunshine create the perfect conditions to grow grapes – and grapes equal wine! Around 1200 hectares are used grow the grape vines which are divided into 3 classifications:
- Santorini – high acid, dry and usually not in oak, 75% Assyrtiko, 25% Athiri and/or Aidani
- Nykteri – similar to Santorini, but aged in oak for a minimum of 3 months
- Mezzo – Sweet, ripasso wine
Assyrtiko, is a white grape used in a variety of sweet wines, as well as blending to make Retsina.
Rent or hire a car or ATV and hit the road, you will not be disappointed. The island is only 73 km² which makes it incredibly easy to navigate. Secluded beaches, spectacular vistas and numerous vineyards will reward your adventurous spirit!
Visit the Santorini Photo Album for more fabulous pictures of this amazing honeymoon destination.