Union of Santorini Cooperatives - Santo Wines

  • UNION OF SANTORINI COOPERATIVES - SANTOWINES
  • Pirgos Santorini – Zip Code 84701

The ancient Strongili, which means « round » in Greek, was first inhabited around the 5th millennium BC. The volcano that gave birth to the island has been quiet until around 1630 BC, when a huge eruption covered the entire island, burying all traces of civilization and forming an ash and lava crust of over 30 meters. Today the soil of Santorini is almost entirely of lava origin, and the abundance of pumice makes it extremely porous and highly capable of retaining water. The climate is extreme: with very little rainfall, constant winds and great temperature ranges between day and night.

Union of Santorini Cooperatives – SantoWines was founded in 1947 to protect and develop the fascinating viticulture that has developed within the microclimate of Santorini, one of the most unique and difficult in the world. A microclimate that has required winemakers to develop techniques and acquire vine farming knowledge that are now recognized as an integral part of the uniqueness and typicality of the wines produced here.

Today, Union of Santorini Cooperatives is the largest organization on the island representing all growers, with 1,200 active members. SantoWines is committed to safeguarding the local traditional agriculture that produces Santorini PDO, promoting sustainable agricultural development, innovation and trade. SantoWines invests in the development of cultivation and winemaking techniques aimed at the conservation of biodiversity, also by maintaining a plant nursery for local varieties: a solid foundation for the preservation and experimentation on the cultivation of local grapes.

Denomination

Milestone

1947
Establishment of Union of Santorini Cooperatives – SantoWines
1971
Santorini Assyrtiko and Santorini Nykteri are recognized as PDOs
1992
Inauguration of SantoWines social winery in the village of Pyrgos
2002
Vinsanto di Santorini obtains PDO recognition
1947
1971
1992
2002

1.200 Ettari

Hectares of vineyards

1.200

Associated producers

3.500 tons

of vinified grapes / year

3.3 million

Bottles produced / year

Assyrtiko

is the main grape variety of the denomination

40%

decrease in production in the last 10 years “due to climate change”