The Koutsoyannopoulos Wine and Winery Museum is located in the central part of the inland part of the Greek island of Santorini. During a tour of the museum, which is located in an underground cave complex, you will learn about the long and interesting history of winemaking on the island, enriched by a tasting of delicious local wines.
The wine museum belongs to the Greek Koutsoyannopoulos family, which has been involved in winemaking for several generations and can therefore draw on its own knowledge. The small family business was founded in 1880 by brothers Gregory and Dimitris Koutsoyannopoulos.
The exhibition traces the long tradition of winemaking on Santorini, from 1660 to 1970. Visitors will discover the entire process of growing, harvesting and processing the vines, and thanks to moving wax figures and audio guides, they can also get a glimpse of typical scenes from the life of the winemakers. The museum also displays photographs and pictures from different historical periods, newspaper clippings and various objects such as tools used to make barrels, materials for making baskets, etc.
The Koutsoyannopoulos Museum is located in the deep valley of the Santorini village of Vothonas. It is unique in its architecture, as the local houses are carved directly into the rocky slopes of the steep valley, and the famous museum is no exception. The museum consists of a natural cave that is 300 metres long and reaches up to 8 metres underground.
The cave is in the shape of a labyrinth and, in addition to the museum displays, it also contains barrels with different varieties of fine Santorinian wines. At the end of the tour, you will have the opportunity to taste some of these delicious wines or even buy them as a souvenir of your holiday.
Official website of the museum: www.santoriniwinemuseum.com
During the tour, accompanied by historical exhibits, demonstrations and the knowledge of the Koutsoyannopoulos family, visitors will learn about the life of the Santorini winemakers. The audio-guide is available in 14 world languages, the printed guide in 22 languages (including Czech). You can also watch a documentary about life on Santorini from 1500 BC to the present day.
Admission is around 9 Euros per person, which includes parking, a tour of the museum and wine tasting.
During the main tourist season, the museum also holds special events, such as a "traditional Greek night" with music, dancers and delicious food and wine.
Tips for trips on Santorini: Caldera Boat Trip, Sunset in Oia, Most beautiful beaches of Santorini, Discovering the beauties of the capital city of Fira, Visiting Ancient Thera
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