are the Best Restaurants on Santorini Island?
are the best Wine Vineyards in Santorini?
is a volcanic island in the Cyclades group of the Greek islands
located between Ios and Anafi islands. It is famous for dramatic
views, stunning sunsets, as well as some unique foods and wines
(see below) The main town of Thira (also called Fira) is built
on a cliff. There are great beaches such as the beach of Perissa,
which may be the best beach in Santorini, and the black pebble
beach of Kamari. Santorini is considered to have some of the best
food and wines of all the Greek Islands.
the Food and Cuisine in Santorini
2000 food business exist on Santorini within an area of about
60 square miles. Cuisine's range from cheap gyros takeaway to
gourmet style restaurants.
are unique to Santorini cuisine?
Bean --The Fava Beans (yellow shelled lentils) is one of the
most traditional products of Santorini. It is a kind of pea with
a yellow color, and it is cultivated exclusively in Santorini
and Anafi, a small island next to Santorini. Archaeological excavations
have revealed grains of fava from the ancient site of Akrotiri,
on the southern side of Santorini, which shows that this product
has been cultivated on the island for about 3,500 years.
Cheese -- Chloro is a fresh mild goat cheese made by Santorinian
ladies; hard to find in taverns or restaurants, cheese
Tomato : a.k.a. Santorini tomatina --The cherry tomatoes are
one of the most popular local food products. The anhydrous soil
adds sweetness to their flavor.
Eggplant To friends of the white eggplant, she is known as
the 'apple of love', The color is bright in Greek eggplant salad
puree call Melitzanosalata.
--Tomatokeftedes also called tomato rissoles is a traditional
dish of Santorini made with fresh mint, parsley and paprika, tomatoes
and onions. It is a very popular appetizer on Santorini and its
preparation is similar to the preparation of meatballs.
--This white cheese is made from sheep's milk or a combination
of sheep and goat's milk.
Capers -- Capers grow on Greek islands uncultivated. They
are picked from September to June when humidity and rains allow
the plant to produce tender buds and fruit. Since these capers
grow wild capers they taste better than cultivated ones.
-- The local lamb, quail, rabbit, and beef are all of excellent
ARE SOME OF THE BEST WINE VINEYARDS IN SANTORINI?
the devastating volcanic explosion, around1650 BC, the island
was covered with volcanic ash, lava and pumice stone. This
catastrophe created the foundation for perfect soil conditions
which now help produce the very distinctive wines of Santorini.
volcanic, minerally and soil along with the brutal growing conditions
on Santorini has actually made for vineyards that produce some
superb wines. Santorini’s finest wine- is a dry white wine that
is simply called Santorini. Santorini Assyrtiko wines are not
for everyone’s palates. While some tasters might find them to
be too dry, too high in acidity, or too assertive, they are considered
by many wine experts to be excellent wines with some similarities
to French Chablis. The wines contain a lot of power and structure
similar to a red wine and thus can benefit from some bottle age.
Perhaps the single most amazing aspect of Santorini viticulture,
has to do with the age of the vines with many that are between
200 and 500 years old.
has two applellations: one for dry whites( Asyrtiko, Athiri and
Aïdani Aspro) and one for sweet whites (Asyrtiko and Aïdani).
Vinsanto (sweet white wine) is the most traditional wine of Santorini.
to Ed McCarthy of the winereviewonline.com
there are four Santori producers that he considers excellent...
Santorini producers stand out to me for the excellence of
their wines, Gaia, Domaine Sigalas, Hatzidakis, and Argyros.
You can’t go wrong with the Santorini wines of all four producers.
The two producers that receive the most critical acclaim,
and justifiably so, are Domaine Sigalas and Gaia (pronounced
YAY –ah). ... "
-- Gaia Wines was founded in 1994 by winemaker/oenologist Yiannis
Paraskevopoulos and his agronomist partner. Paraskevopoulos is
perhaps Greece’s most respected winemaker. After his university
studies in Greece, he spent five years studying in Bordeaux, and
earned a Ph.D. He returned to Greece and became the country’s
most renowned consulting oenologist.
-- No winemaker has done more to preserve Santorini’s vineyards
than Paris Sigalas, who founded his winery in 1991--this
is about the time that Greek wines began their revival.
Sigalas is also the only Santorini producer who saves his
older vintages, and so a vertical tasting of his wines is
always a possibility on a visit to the winery. Sigalas has
also done vertical tastings of his Santorini in the U.S.
If you drink this wine you will see how letting it breathe
a bit opens the wine in a similar manner to red wines.
Santorini wine is 100% Assyrtiko and has the ability to
age over several years.
a tasting room the Sigalas winery also has a nice outdoor
garden area where one can match the wine to excellent
small dishes. Shown to the left was the best fava bean
salad we had on the island (shown with caper leaves).
--Making wine under its own label since 1903 by Georgios Argyros,
in a 5 acres vineyard located in Episkopi Gonia Thiras (Santorini).
Georgios Argyros made his wines according to the traditional Santorinian
way, the winery has become famous for its Vinsanto, which is regarded
as one of the best on the island. The winery takes great pride
in its history of Vinsanto production, and has the most strict
aging regime on the island, releasing their wine only after 20
years of barrel aging. Many awards have been given for Assyrtiko
Argyros . The soil is volcanic and the vines are formed in the
traditional crown. Estate Argyros owns one of the oldest vineyards
on the island, as parts of it are more than 150 years old
came to the island in 1991, and like many winemakers on the island,
was employed for a time at Boutari. His wife's family owned vineyards,
which had been neglected since 1956. Hadzidakis eventually decided
to start his own winery with his wife's vineyard holdings (a valuable
commodity on the island). Remarkably, Hadzidakis decided that
his operation would be fully organic from day one, at least for
those vineyards that he controls. He is also notably the only
winemaker on the island to use native yeast fermentation's for
all his wines. Hatzidakis also makes the rare red Santorini 'Mavrotragano'
ARE SOME OF THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN SANTORINI?
Fira 84700, Greece --+30.22860.23807
Chef Nikos Pouliasis was born in Corfu and has lived and worked
in Santorini for over 25 years. He creates exciting, highly original
dishes while showcasing fresh, local ingredients in unique and
creative ways. ---foie-gras matched with koufeto, a local almond
candy, sea bass matched with nerantzi, a local bitter orange,
or potato soup matched with kumquat --- Toques d’Or (Golden Hat
or Chrysos Skoufos) for 10 consecutive years (2002-2011).--
Koukoumavlos Website -- 4 stars tripadvisor
Pyrgos--Santorini, Greece, 84700, P.O. 87 Phone: +30 22860 22249
Fax: +30 22860 24395 e-mail: email@example.com
Formerly located in Fira, this upmarket restaurant moved to Pyrgos
village in 2010.--Selene uses local produce to highlight what
owner George Haziyannakis calls the "creative nature of Greek
cuisine." The appetizers, often including a delicious sea urchin
salad on artichokes and fluffy fava balls with caper sauce, are
deservedly famous. Frommers
consider Selene their favorite restaurant on Santorini Island.
Selene Meze & Wine and now Selene Restaurant are open for 2012
with new tasteful menus---Selene
Website -- Selene
Menu -- Note: Pyrgos village is located in the center of the
island and it is around 10min from Fira.
Restaurant --Lagoudera`, Fira, Santorini, P.C. 84700 , Greece
+30 22860 24869
is in the heart of Fira and has many great Greek traditional dishes.This
Tavern is a highly ranked restaurant in Tripadvisor. `Naoussa`
Restaurant has a lot of fish, local meat and a local housewine
of Santorini. There is also great view, reasonable prices and
family environment --Website
and Menu --
Erythrou Stavrou, Fira, Santorini
Good, local, no-frills tavern at reasonable prices--This is a
family owned restaurant. Try the stuffed vegetable dishes. Perhaps
their best dishes are some of the spreads. Try the eggplant and
fava bean purees.
And Nectar -Oia
-- Village Center on the Sunset Path | Caldera View, Oia 84702,
Seating with only 14 tables on the terrace and 8 tables inside
means reservations are a must during high season.Some of the popular
items on the Ambrosia menu include fava beans, oven lamb, chicken
and figs and other dishes. They make an excellent moussaka, which
is made with the Santorini white eggplant. There wine list has
a nice selection of local Santorini wines. Website
and Menu -- --Tripadvisor
(41/2 out of 5) --
Oia, 84702, Greece -- phone 22860 71413
This restaurant is owned by the same people as Ambrosia and Nectar
but has a different location and menu. It has some lovely outdoor
seating, but just a few tables so reservations are imperative,
and specify that you want a table outside on the top terrace with
a view. The view is one of the best of any restaurant in Santorini..
Menu -- --Tripadvisor
(4 out of 5) --
-- Oia (Ia), 84702, Santorini Cyclades Islands, Greece Tel. +30
22860 71485 or +30 22860 71800 Fax: +30 22860 72317
Oia is located high up on a cliff on the northern tip of Santorini
and provides gorgeous views of the Caldera and the Aegean Sea.
The restaurant is located in a luxury mansion that was built around
1845 and is interwoven with the history of Oia. In 1986, the architect-renovator
Ioannis Zaggelidis restored the mansion and converted it into
a new, Greek restaurant in Oia, Santorini Greece, which he named
“1800”.-- Website and Menu
reviews on TripAdvisor --
Oia, Oia, Greece +302286071-896
Roka is not located on the main strip in Oia, but it is worth
searching out. Some of the specialties include a variety of meze
(Greek starters), salads, risottos and onion pies, fried cheese,
thin-sliced eggplant with feta and tomato sauce, snails with tomatoes,
mussel . Website and Menu --
on Tripadvisor --
-Phone: 0030 22860 71469
Papagalos Restaurant focuses on using organic ingredients and
fresh local produce to create varied menus based on the New Greek
AT AMOUDI BAY
Bay (left photo) is located just below Oia. It has just
a few seafood restaurants.
can walk down to Amoudi Bay but don't try walking back up
since there are around 12,000 steps. If you can't get a
cab back up you can always use the donkeys (shown to right)
Katina is closer to the parking area while Dimitris is at
the far end and therefore has the best sunset view.
Amoudi Bay, Greece
Need to walk down steps in Oia to get to Amoudi Bay for this fish
restaurant. ..."Joy Kerluke of Vancouver, British Columbia,
who, while visiting Santorini in 1987, met Santorini-born Dimitris
Hamalidis, a barman in a night club, stayed to date him, then
stayed to stay two years later. With Dimitris and with Santorini.
Joy and Dimitris opened the restaurant in 1989, in a location
that defines "destination restaurant" -- and are still there today,
happily running what is arguably the island's best..." See
-- Ammoudi Port, Oia 84702, Greece
Freshest calamari and octopus -Located down the Oia steps.-You
can go into the kitchen and pick out your own fish. If you are
two people and they have a large 1 kilo fish go for it. It will
take a longer to cook but is worth it. Price of fish is 50 euros/kilo
Katina is highly rated on Tripadvisor.
AT KAMARI BEACH
-- Kamari Beach, Kamari, Greece
Almira Restaurant is located on the waterfront of Kamari Beach
close to the Boathouse Hotel. The restaurant is involved in a
lot of catering events and is good for large groups. Tripadvisor
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