Santorini Wine Museum: An Honest Review

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Written By: Pavlos Inglesis

The Santorini Wine Museum is one of the best museums in Santorini and one of the only 8 wine museums in the world, so it’s really worth a visit in my opinion. The Museum itself is basically the Koutsogiannopoulos Winery that has been transformed into an exhibition hosting lots of items, machinery and human-sized wax models showing in detail the wine-making process in Santorini the last 200 years. In my honest opinion, it’s a real gem for anyone visiting the island and easily one of the best things to do in Santorini. After the catacombs of the Museum itself, you will enter the wine-tasting area where you can taste the wines that are produced by the Koutsogiannopoulos winery, along with some yummy greek nibbles.

I recently visited the Santorini Wine Museum and took lots of photos, so here is everything you need to know:

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There are several wine-tasting packages you can select from as you enter the museum. I went for the cheapest option that costed 20 euros

BEST WINERY TOUR OF SANTORINI: Guided Tour to 3 Wineries

The Santorini Wine Museum in the town of Vothonas in Santorini island basically hosts lots of items, bottles, barrels, machinery and real models demonstrating the process of wine-making in Koutsogiannopoulos winery, which is one of the oldest on the island. I will be honest with you: some people think the models are kind of creepy, but I think they are pretty well made for what they are! Yes, they are installed in some underground catacombs and eery tunnels, but they are very well made and they provide a lot of context into what you are actually seeing. Don’t expect a Madame Tussaud’s level of craftsmanship on these mannequins, though!

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Many people think that mannequins in Santorini Wine Museum are kind of creepy but I think they really add a lot to the experience.

Is it actually worth visiting this Museum?

10000%. Let me make this clear: if you have time to visit only one winery in Santorini then you should visit SantoWines Winery just outside of Pyrgos, but if you have time for more then it’s a great attraction (getting on a guided winery tour is highly advisable as you will see more than one winery in a few hours!).

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The catacombs and underground tunnels of the museum are impressive just by themselves
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There are hundreds of items from the 200 year old history of the Koutsogiannopoulos Santorini Winery

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Here are a few photos form my recent visit to the Museum:

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There are even models of horses and donkeys
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There are lots of cupboards with old machinery and equipment of the wine making production
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Some installations show how the grapes were actually being picked up back in the day
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It’s impressive to think these tunnels was actually an old cellar
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Some really old grapes…
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Wine production was all about having fun in the day and whole families were actually involved in the pressing of the grapes
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As I said before, the mannequins are not on Madame Tussaud’s level…
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There is lots of old equipment and machines that were used back in the day and were mostly imported from France
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These were not real grapes obviously
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Some of the tunnels are painted green to simulate how the mould would have affected the area back in the day, but it’s not real mould now
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There are also lots of tools about barrel making in Santorini from the 1880’s
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Distillery in process
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Lots of 200 year old bottles in display
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The winery has received lots of awards from all over the world
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I wonder how these 80 year old wines taste
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These are some real barrels of Vinsanto wine (a red and very sweet wine like Port wine, that is only produced in Santorini)
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The dining and wine-tasting rooms
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Lots of guided tours visit the wine museum as part of the winery route
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You can obviously buy any of the wines you taste
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You can even have your own wine-tasing experience at the bar

Conclusion

So…do I recommend this Museum to anyone visiting Santorini? 1000000%!

This is a real gem in my opinion and a must for everyone visiting Santorini for the first time as it’s a very unique museum that you cannot find elsewhere. Yes, the models may look a bit weird but some real effort has been put into making this an interactive and unique experience in my opinion. The dining and wine-tasting area of the Museum (Koutsogiannopoulos Winery) is really comfortable and cute but to be frank it doesn’t have the amazing views of SantoWInes Winery or Venetsanos Winery. However, it is an overall very unique experience that even combined with a guided winery tour is totally worth, in my opinion.

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Pavlos Inglesis
Greek, born and raised in Athens. I have been to almost every greek island and pretty much in every region of mainland Greece. I have also been eating souvlaki and gyros since the 80s. I love being a dad to my 2 beautiful daughters and also taking great photos of the places I visit. This is my blog to help you out explore the places I have visited with my inside tips as a Greek, knowing the ins and outs of my country and culture. Feel free to ask any questions in the comments section under the post you are interested in and I wIll try my best to respond asap.

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