Really Good Greek Wines

Looking to bring a bit of Santorini into your home? Try these wines and pair them with your favorite meals

Gaia Wines Wild Ferment Assyrtiko

This is the quintessential Santorini wine. Made from Assyrtiko grapes native to Santorini, this white wine is from one of Greece’s most well-respected vineyards. “Wild Ferment” refers to the natural yeast used in production and the result is a fresh, lively aromatic wine with the minerality you’d expect and a touch of oak. It’s a versatile wine that works as well with fish as it does with lamb.

Junique Juniper and Wine

Here’s a different take on wine for you. This aperitif is made with white wine and juniper extract. It’s best enjoyed chilled but can be drunk either on its own, in cocktails or with a mixer such as tonic or soda.

Thea Mantinia 2016

Awarded a gold medal at 2017’s Decanter World Wine Awards, this is a white wine, with a combination of stone fruit, floral aromas and refreshing minerality. It’s left to age for six months, which results in a complex, rich taste, making it a great wine to drink by itself, but one that also pairs well with creamy pasta dishes.

Domaine Lyrarakis Okto Red

From Crete comes an interesting blend kotsifali, syrah and mandilari grapes. The result is an aromatic red with fresh red berries and an excitingly spicy, peppery twist. It stands up well to rich meat dishes. There’s also an easy-drinking white in the range, but we’d recommend saving that for some sunshine. 

 

My Favorite Restaurants in Santorini

Aktaion, Firostefani

This restaurant is over 90 years old and is a favorite amongst locals as-well-as tourists. If you are looking for old world, authentic cuisine, this is it!

Naoussa Restaurant, Fira

Boasting incredible views from the cliffs of Fira, the menu at Naoussa has lots of fresh fish and assorted meat. Try to get a table next to the windows.

Selini Restaurant, Pyrgos Village

Greek fine dining at it’s best.  Selini has been around for more than 30 years and has a beautiful open air terrace for dining.

Lauda Restaurant at Andronis Boutique Hotel, Oia

Impressive caldera views, a swimming pool, international chefs, live music and fine dining. What more could you want? The menu is an impressive mélange of dishes from all over Greece.

Kapari Wine Restaurant, Imerovigli

Another restaurant with incredible views of the caldera. Great service and even greater food!