Things to do in Exo Gonia

Our most recommended things to do in Exo Gonia

Santorini: Guided Wine Tasting Tour with Pickup

1. Santorini: Guided Wine Tasting Tour with Pickup

Visit the most acclaimed wine estates on the island of Santorini and sample 12 different wines produced in the local wineries. Learn about the 3,500-year history of wine making on the volcanic island, starting at a vineyard located on the unique soils with traditional basket vines. Hear about the local viticulture that makes Santorini a world heritage site for wine production. Visit 3 distinct wine estates, such as the Argyros estate or Art Space Winery, the Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum, Venetsanos Winery or Gavalas Estate Winery. Taste organic wines, such as Nykteri, Assyrtiko, and Vinsanto, with local delicacies including cheese and olives.   

Santorini: Three Wineries and One Brewery Tour with Tastings

2. Santorini: Three Wineries and One Brewery Tour with Tastings

Firstly we will see a local brewery “Crazy donkey”, “Yellow donkey” and the “Red donkey” and will taste 3 different local beers. Our next stop will be a traditional winery "Art Space" located in a picturesque little village of Exo Gonia, its secrets hidden among volcanic stones. This winery named “Best winery of Greece” and its cellars are located under the ground in a cave. After we will visit the Argyros Estate. This sleek estate offers a fully modern aesthetic while adhering to traditional methods of wine production, such as using mules to plow the fields and using grape byproducts to enrich the soil. A Cliffside winery with a remarkable view of Caldera will be our last stop, followed, of course, by wine tasting. The Venetsanos winery will inspire you to take many pictures as you admire the incredible sunset!

Santorini: Guided Wineries Tour with Wine Tastings

3. Santorini: Guided Wineries Tour with Wine Tastings

Travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle as you tour 3 of Santorini's wine estates. Discover ancient winemaking traditions, tour one of the top 10 wine museums in the world, and hear about the cutting-edge production facilities at one of the most imposing wineries on the island. Start your wine tasting tour at Venetsanos Winery, the first industrial winery on the island. This beautiful wine estate is located right above the Port of Athinios overlooking the magnificent caldera of Santorini. Learn about the winery's rich history and marvel at striking views. Take an optional guided tour led by a sommelier and learn about quality, enology, and flavor alchemy. Sample 4 of the estate's wines accompanied by an assortment of light snacks. Next, head to the Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum. This one-of-a-kind museum is nestled in a cave and took the family who owns the estate 21 years to create. Learn about the history of winemaking from an audio guide and taste 4 different wines served with crackers and chocolate. Finally, head to one of the most imposing wineries on the island of Santorini, Estate Argyros. Listen as specialized wine educators provide detailed information about the estate as well as the grape varieties indigenous to Santorini. Sip on 4 of the estate's current vintage wines accompanied by an assortment of fine Greek cheeses and breadsticks.

Santorini: Guided Wine Tour with Pickup and Snacks

4. Santorini: Guided Wine Tour with Pickup and Snacks

Discover Santorini's wine culture on this guided tour. Visit 3 different wineries, marvel at the rock-carved chambers of the historic Art Space Winery and Museum, and get views of the Santorini caldera from Venetsanos Winery. Begin with a hotel pickup and head into the Santorini countryside. Learn about the long history of wine cultivation on Santorini, beginning with the Venetian occupation of the island. Your first stop is Argyros Winery, one of the largest vineyards on the island. Discover how the volcanic soil affects the taste of the wine as you tour the winery and enjoy a wine tasting. Next, head to the Art Space Winery Museum Art Gallery. Explore this fascinating art center and winery, with chambers carved out of pumice rock in Exo Gonia, Santorini. See paintings and sculptures on display from contemporary Greek artists as you tour the winery and taste the wines. Continue to your last stop, Venetsanos Winery. This winery sits above the port of Athinios, overlooking the magnificent caldera of Santorini. The Venetsanos family has produced wine here since 1947 by the Venetsanos family. Tour the Venetsanos winery and finish with a delicious wine tasting. Upgrade your experience to include a 5-course-meal carefully paired with each wine tasting. Enjoy homemade smoked sea bass, an eggplant spread, fennel salad, grilled octopus and tabouleh, orzo with cuttlefish, and a brownie. Vegetarians can enjoy a delicious meat-free alternative menu.

Santorini: Private Full Day Sunset Tour with Dinner

5. Santorini: Private Full Day Sunset Tour with Dinner

Explore Santorini with a full-day tour from Fira, including a private guide, round-trip transportation in an air-conditioned SUV, a visit to Art Space, and dinner with sunset views. Learn about the island's history and culture while visiting Imerovigli, Exo Gonia, Emporio, Red Beach, and more. Begin your tour with SUV transportation from Fira to Imerovigli. Listen as your private guide describes the geological formation of Santorini's unique volcanic landscape. Stop at Monolithos Beach to sink your feet into the black sand and feast your eyes on a panoramic view. Continue to Exo Gonia, a quiet village that's home to the 18th-century Agios Charalambos Church. Explore the 19th-century Art Space gallery and winery, which displays contemporary Greek paintings and sculptures in a former wine cave. Wander next door to local vineyards for a tour or tasting. The next stop is the lively village of Emporio in the southern region of Santorini. Wander its narrow alleyways to a 15th-century Venetian Castle and then continue to the Akrotiri Lighthouse, one of the oldest lighthouses in Greece. Take a photo or enjoy the views of the endless blue Aegean Sea. Make a short stop at the Red Beach to take a photo of its iconic, red sand before driving to dinner at a family-run tavern. Popular with the locals, the tavern is located right on the water, offering specialty dishes like Santorinian salads, fresh fish, and tomatokeftedes (a fried tomato appetizer). After dinner, visit a secret location known as the "Heart of Santorini" to watch the evening sunset. Enjoy a bottle of local wine as the sun sinks into the sea and turns the sky deep shades of red, orange, and blue. Conclude your day trip by returning to the SUV and driving back to Fira.

Santorini: A taste of Mediterranean Cuisine Dinner

6. Santorini: A taste of Mediterranean Cuisine Dinner

You are picked up from your hotel by a mini van and shortly after a smooth ride you will arrive to one out of top ten restaurants in Santorini. Aroma Avlis is a new concept restaurant. Delicious tastes are gracefully paired with Artemis Karamolegos' wines in a wonderful yard offering fine views. Here you can choose from two menus and one Vegetarian menu.  You may select Tomato balls and fava beans or eggplant salad and fava beans with crunchy bread pies. For starter, choose a beef fillet with Vinsanto sauce or fish fillet (sautéed or in the grill), or traditional garlic spaghetti or spaghetti with season’s vegetables and tomato sauce, lamp cooked in a traditional recipe from Crete (Tsigariasto) with fried potatoes or rooster in red tomato sauce with “skioufihta” (homemade pasta from Crete) for main course. Your meal is accompanied with 0.5 l wine (for two person). At the end, you enjoy a magnificent dessert.

From Fira: Santorini Wine Tasting & Wineries Private Tour

7. From Fira: Santorini Wine Tasting & Wineries Private Tour

In this tour our main goal is for all the guests to experience the uniqueness of our most famous local product – Wine!!! We will begin our tour visiting Argyros Estate, a winery with great history as it was established officially in 1903 although the Argyros family has been involved in wine production for decades before that. It is the largest private owner of vineyards in Santorini and the current landholdings exceed 120 ha, a vast, four-generations-long investment. Estate Argyros works almost exclusively with old vines because only these vineyards can provide the depth, the definition and the concentration needed to produce the desired style of wine. Our next stop is Artemis Karamolegos Winery. Based upon the solid foundations of granddad Artemis’s winemaking tradition since 1952, the winery made a dynamic entry in contemporary winemaking in 2004, when grandson Artemis Karamolegos invested in the production facility and the privately owned vineyards, producing wine of protected designation of origin (PDO) for the first time. Almost 15 years later, the wines keep earning prizes at international and domestic competitions while our export activities continue to grow on a yearly basis: we are currently the third largest winery of Santorini in terms of production volume. In between the winery visits it is always nice to have a look at the amazing landscapes of Santorini… The next stop will be a small surprise in one of the most famous spots on the island.. At the end of our tour, we will visit Santo Wines Winery. This winery located at the top of the cliffside and combines the amazing views with very interestingly flavored wines. The Union of Santorini Cooperatives, Santo Wines was founded in 1947. Today, it consists of the largest organization of the island representing all the cultivators and counting 1.200 active members. Santo Wines produces highest quality Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) Santorini wines and products as well as promoting sustainable agriculture development. After your visiting the third winery you will be transferred back to your accommodation. Additional Info: • Amendments on the above program are possible as this is a private tour. • Booking confirmation is always subject to availability. • Services animals are allowed in the vehicle. • Not wheelchair accessibility • Most travelers can participate. • The above-mentioned tour is private which means that no other group or guests participate. Useful tips: • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Santorini: Wine Tasting Experience with a Gourmet Meal

8. Santorini: Wine Tasting Experience with a Gourmet Meal

The tour departs from Kamaria Village or Fira Town, depending on the option selected, and heads to the first stop of the day, Argyros Estate. Learn about the island’s indigenous grapes as well as the history of the estate. Taste four of the estate’s vintage wines, accompanied by an assortment of Greek cheese and bread sticks. Arrive at Venetsanos Winery next, which boasts panoramic views of the volcanic caldera. Discover the history of Santorini wine and the old techniques used to produce it as you explore the winery and taste exceptional wines. Finally, visit Artemis Karamolegos Winery for another guided tour and a tasting session of three unique wines. Once you have worked up a bit of an appetite, enjoy a delicious lunch of local dishes and traditional delicacies. Items included in the lunch are spinach salad, dakos salad, tzatziki, cheese spread, tomato fritters, chicken fillet, mushroom risotto, fresh fruit, and more.

Santorini: Wine Tasting Tour with 12 Tastings and Snacks

9. Santorini: Wine Tasting Tour with 12 Tastings and Snacks

Embark on a guided tour of Santorini and visit two of the most renowned wineries on the Island. Visit the Argyros and the Art Space Winery. Get guided tours around the cellars, and taste 12 wines paired with cheese and snacks. Start your day with a pickup from your accommodation. Jump in the car, relax and enjoy the ride to the wineries. Marvel at the scenic views out the window and learn the region's history from your guide as you drive. Walk around the wineries, and vineyards, enjoy guided cellar tours and hear all about the production process. Sample 12 different types of wine such as Assyrtiko, Athiri, and Aidani made from white grapes and Mavrotragano, Mandilaria made from red grapes.  Learn about the history of Santorini through its winemaking. Taste a platter of cheese and snacks with your delicious wines.  Enjoy an unforgettable experience on this wine-tasting tour in Santorini that you won't forget in a hurry. End your day full of knowledge about Greek wines, feeling a little bit tipsy, and get spectacular photos.

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What people are saying about Exo Gonia

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 353 reviews

In short, this tour was worth it all especially with our guide Evans! He was phenomenal. He customized the tour for us to see the island extensively. He gave amazing background information and made the trip fun and exciting. He was very kind and very respectful. It was truly an educational and eventual adventure. We appreciated all his dedication and assistance to making the experience way more than what we could have imagined.

This tour was amazing. All of the wines and beer were great. Ted was very passionate and knowledgeable. They took us to a great sunset spot after the tour. The pickup and drop off at the hotel was a great benefit.

Ted was one of the best tour guides we have ever had, very personable and we appreciated his commentary and history explanation. it was a very memorable tour and would highly recommend!!!

The tour was very good, fun, and informative! Everything you could possibly want. It was also very easy - pickup and drop off from hotel.

Comfortable transport. Knowledge driver. Lovely mix of wineries