Being the only one of its kind in Greece, the Wine Museum occupies a natural cave. It is eight meters below ground, 300 meters long and has a labyrinth-like shape. The Wine Museum presents the history of wine and the life of vine-growers in Santorini from 1660 to 1970. The visitors can learn about the history of wine by viewing semi-mobile and still-life figurines. An automatic audio guide is available in fourteen languages (Greek, English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Turkish, Romanian, Bulgarian, Portuguese, and Brazilian Portuguese), and a guidebook is also available in twenty-two languages (Greek, English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Turkish, Romanian, Bulgarian, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, Czech, Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Danish, and Serbian).
Our family created the museum out of its love and passion for tradition and wine. As fourth-generation winemakers, we are proud to continue the tradition of producing high quality wines. It took twenty-one years of hard work, patience and perseverance to create the wine museum. This endeavour was funded entirely by our family.
"The whole range of tools, vessels and machinery are genuine and rare pieces, which have been valued greatly by past generations of the Koutsoyannopoulos family through years of use".
The exhibits in the museum are presented in a certain order. The stages of the winemaking process and the whole range of machinery are presented in chronological order. The visitors can experience the stages of pruning and ploughing of the vineyards, harvesting, stomping and weighing of the grapes. The rare exhibits, including winemaking machinery and tools, will take the visitors back in time to another era. Visitors end their tour at the head office of the founder of the winery, Grigorios Koutsoyannopoulos, where all his personal belongings and stationery dating back to 1870 are exhibited.
Lastly, the visitors will have the opportunity to taste four of the best wines that our winery produces today, in a specially designed wine-tasting area. In this manner, the visitors will keep the memory of traveling into the past alive.
The Cycladic culture, the process and the hardships of winemaking continue to captivate thousands of visitors each year.