If one wants to learn about the history of wine on Santorini, the best way to do is to visit the Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum.
The museum presents the history of wine and the life of the Santorinian vintner from 1660 to 1970 in an old and labyrinthine winery, eight metres below the surface and 300 metres long. Visitors are shown the history of wine through the use of mobile and still reproductions, while automatic electronic audio guides explain it all in fourteen languages.
Great care and attention has been taken to show and tell all the stages of wine production along the route in specially decorated kanaves (old storage rooms). Pruning the vines, ploughing the soil, harvesting the grapes, weighing and pressing the harvest, cleaning the vats, crafting the barrels, distilling the raki, loading the boats for export are all shown, interspersed with old tools, containers and rare machinery.
It took 21 years of hard work to create the Wine Museum with all of the financing coming from the Koutsoyannopoulos family. It is an exciting travel experience full of stories, information and tales from the world of wine, the world of Santorini.
The Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum has created possibly the best reproduction of traditional Greek wine-making.
And of course, the modern Koutsoyannopoulos Winery also has the entire range of Santorini’s wines on offer.