Not just a beautiful holiday destination, the island of Santorini’s winemaking heritage spans thousands of years. The original vines were wiped out by the volcanic eruption of 1620 BC that bestowed the land with its rugged terrain offsetting the azure blue waters of the surrounding Aegean Sea. The slopes of the now dormant volcano necessitate idiosyncratically shaped vines, crafted into low baskets to withstand the wind and, founded in 1991, many of Sigalas’ are over 50 years old. They produce the island’s trademark Assyrtiko (rich and salty) at a modern winery in Baxedes that you can tour before tastings alongside local cuisine for a celebration of the Cyclades on its west-facing terrace – ideal for catching the sunset; dinner can be arranged for up to 10 people.
Baxes, Oia, Santorini, 847 02