Santorini Island

Santorini, one of the Cyclades islands, is without doubt a unique creation of nature. It was first inhabited at the end of the 5th millenium B.C. and was named "Strogyli", because of its round shape.

Around 1700 B.C., a catastrophic volcanic explosion caused the sinking of a large part of the island and the creation of an immense crater, the center of which was submerged below the sea. The remnants of the crater walls formed the islands of New and Old Kameni, Aspronissi and Thirassia.

These comprise the present complex of islands of Santorini. The soil of the vineyards is composed of limestone and is covered by a mixture of chalk, slate, ash, lava and pumice. The limited rainfall combined with the strong winds in the summer result in a low yield of grapes, thus providing an outstanding quality for the Santorini wines. During the summer months, the vines are "watered" at night by the mist rolling in from the sea, creating a kind of gentle artificial rain.