How can we introduce visitors to Boutari Winery ’s profile?
What’s to say to someone about the Boutari Winery, a company that has been a cornerstone of the Greek wine tradition counting more than a century in the wine-making field? The company’s foundation took place in 1879 by John Boutari in Naoussa Imathias and 110 years later, in 1989, on the island of Santorini, Boutari winery was the first to feature the local vineyard, through enological technics that made it a showplace for its variety in a unique way. In cooperation with the regional association “Santo” there were the first to start making quality wine…
There, in the famous vineyard of Santorini, with the volcanic soil, the distinct terρoir, and the peculiar vine shaping, Boutari Winery created in 1992 its vineyard with the size of around 6 hectares, hosting the native varieties of Assyrtiko, Athiri, and Aidani, as well as some experimental cultivations. An important element is the special pruning of the vines – unique around the globe – that dominates the whole island. It is called Kouloura (=coil), it is shaped near the ground following the form of a basket and it constitutes a magnificent view under the Aegean sunlight…
What should the visitors expect to experience in Boutari Winery?
Through the welcoming facilities, the winery’s well-trained staff is at the visitor disposal to give an unforgettable experience within 5 different wine-gastronomical choices:
The Magical Wines from Santorini
Includes a guided tour in the vineyards, the winery, and the cellar that end ups in the tasting of 5 of the company’s award-winning wines.
Boutari Winetasting Experience
Includes a guided tour in the vineyards, the winery, and the underground cellar. A tasting of 4 Greek varieties is then followed – Moscofilero Mantinia, Assyrtiko Santorini, Agiorgitiko Nemea, Xinomavro Naoussa – while in the end is served a traditional meal (includes fava, tomato keftedes, sausage from Santorini, tomato salad with caper from Santorini and extra virgin olive oil) alongside a glass of wine of your choice.
Semi Private Tour and Tasting Game
Except for the classic guided tour in the vineyard, the winery, and the cellar, visitors will taste 8 selected wines from different Greek regions – Mantinia, Attica, Crete, Nemea, Goumenissa, and Naoussa – together with an entertaining game of wine and taste combination.
Private Tour and Tasting Game
This choice includes the same as the previous with the difference that the tour and the whole wine-gastronomic experience becomes more private, just for the visitor and his friends.
Private Tour, Tasting Game and Transportation
It includes a tour to the vineyard, the winery and, the cellar, a tasting of 8 selected labels from different Greek regions – Mantinia, Attica, Crete, Nemea, Goumenissa, and Naoussa – together with an entertaining game of taste combinations, and a traditional meal alongside a glass of wine. Moreover, the visitor’s transportation from/to their hotel in a luxurious van is also offered.
• All prices include V.A.T.
• The tours could be translated in both Greek and the English language.
Except for the previous organized tours, Boutari Winery also offers:
• A guide to the vineyard and the cellar → 7 euros
• A guide & a tasting of 4 wines from Santorini alongside Greek cheeses & barley rusks → 15 euros
• A guide & a tasting of 6 wines from Santorini alongside Greek cheeses & barley rusks → 18 euros
Telephone: +30 2286081011 (Mrs Kalliopi Piperi) • Email: email@example.com • Website: www.boutariwinerysantorini.gr
Which two labels should visitors take with them, as a reminder of their visit?
Santorini and Kallisti Reserve both from the variety Assyrtiko with a P.D.O. indication.
Santorini is a fresh version of the variety. The wine is featured beautifully with the characteristic minerality of the Assyrtiko and the island’s terroir in a bright yellow background. The sensual smell is flowery with aromas of lemon tree, jasmine, hyacinth, fennel, and citrus (lemon shaving) together with discreet smoky hints. The flavor is fresh, full, mineral, with high acidity and long aftertaste. This wine is a perfect companion for fresh grilled fish with olive oil lemon and thyme, shellfish, shrimp with lemon dressing, salad with vinaigrette sauce, Greek salad, pasta with seafood and black pepper and cheeses with mild acidity, like feta or goat cheese.
On the contrary, Kallisti Reserve has matured for 6 months in new French oak barrels with its fine lees and 3 more months in the bottle. It is a wine with clear yellow color and complex hints of lemon flowers and apples, accompanied by aromas that display its age, like oak, hazelnut, vanilla, and smoke. Excessive fatty taste with balanced acidity, ending up to a discreet oaky finish. It is served alongside grilled fish or fish with garlic and lime, pasta with fresh lobster, crab salad, oyster with ginger and of course smoked cheeses.
What are the highlights of the wider region that visitors should not miss?
Santorini is by its own an ornament for the Aegean Sea! At first sight, visitors will be captured by the beautiful Cycladic architecture with the white minimal color, the scattered churches, and the picturesque alleys. Of course, top sights are the magnificent Kaldera’s view and the famous Oia’s sunset.
Besides the above, the island has various museums such as the Archaeological Museum, the Folkloric Museum and the Naval Museum, that are worth visiting. In particular, Boutari Winery is located near Akrotiri offering the visitors a flashback in time due to the Prehistoric Settlement, which its findings are exhibited the Prehistoric Thira’s Museum in Fira and the Venetian Towel (Goulas) that is standing on the hilltop. Finally, the exceptional beauty of the island’s clear beaches, the red or the black sand, will await the visitors to take a refreshing break.
|⚠ Winery’s services along with prices and operation hours might change without previous notice. Please contact the estate upon visiting.|
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