The holiday season is here, so keep pouring the wine please! Am I right? If you’re like me, the greatest wines I seem to remember the most are the ones I experience first-hand at wineries around the world that leave my tastebuds reminiscing intensely during the season. Wine tasting can either be an intimate experience with your significant other or a big celebration with lots of family and friends. Whatever the memory, the more you make of it seems to always make the wine just that much better. We have curated a state-of-the-art itinerary for a trip to Greece to experience the best in wine and history while traveling aboard M/Y Serenity.
Let’s take an inside look at M/Y Serenity, first. Bring the whole family and friends aboard this modern, sophisticated four-deck mega yacht. She is truly the ultimate dream and accommodates up to 28 guests in 14 lavish cabins. With her light, bright and chic decor, she will make you feel right at home. Some of her exceptional ammenities include an indoor cinema room featuring a 4K projector screen, large gym, massage room, steam room and beauty salon, fendi sofas and plush Minotti chairs, expansive sundeck with panoramic views to host a large party, and much more.
Some of our favorite things to see and do in Greece as it pertains to wine and history…
AEGINA - Famous for it’s pistachio nuts, the Fistiki Aiginis (Aegina Pistachio) is a must, and make sure you take some home with you since they have a P.D.O (Protected Destination of Origin). Aegina is also known for its Katsoula fish, a delicious sole-like fish. For history, check out the Temple of Aphai, built by the people of Aegina to honor the Minoic Goddess Aphaia, daughter of Zeus.
MILOS - The island of Milos has a special charm due to its rare morphology of the terrain and its mineral wealth. It is considered to be as ancient as that of Crete, spanning about at least 5,000 years old. Visit the Ancient Roman Theater where the remains of Milos’ ancient marble open theatre date back to the 3rd century. Another hidden secret for visitors are the Catacombs of Milos, known as the third most sacred early-Christian monument, after the HOly Land and the catacombs of Rome. The vineyards flourish in Milos’ due to the unique volcanic soil...
Konstantakis Winery - The whitewashed Konstantakis “Spilia” (Cave) is truly unique and produces about 10,000 bottles a year. Some of their wines include the following: Selection (a blend of Assyritiko and Savvatiano), Spilia white (a mix of Savvatiano and Roditis) and Spilia rose (a blend of Mandilaria, Roditis, and Muscat).
SANTORINI - One may say with good reason, what’s not to love about Santorini? With its spectacular scenery and oceanic views, Oia perched on cliffs, black and red beaches, and wine, it makes it one of the top places to visit in the world. The Vineyards of Santorina date over 3,000 years old, making them one of the oldest in the world. Cultivating nine indegenous wine varieties, there are over 20 wineries to visit.
Gaia Winery is situated on the eastern coast of the island at Vrachies. If you’re looking for a wine reserved for very special occasions, try the Thalassitis Submerged (2016). It is submerged for about four years in the deep Santorini waters in the complete absence of oxygen. The wine has a smoky aromatic dimension and a hydrocarbon note, and over time has become more “rounder”, giving an impression of an evolved wine.
Wine Museum - Being one of the only of its kind in Greece, the Wine Museum is located in a tranquil cave about 26 feet below ground. The winery offers a wide variety of wines including white and red dry and aged, rose and dessert wines. This attraction has everything a visitor could imagine about winemaking in one spectacular place, making it a must-see.
Argyros Estate - Producing some of the most highly awarded wines on the island, the Estate Argyros is also the largest private owner of vineyards in Santorini. Known for a wide variety of native grapes like Assyrtiko, Athiri, Aidani, Mandilaria and Mavrotagano, your tastebuds will be pleasantly pleased by a trip to visit this beautiful vineyard.
PAROS - known for world-famous beaches for kitesurfing and windsurfing, one can enjoy an action-packed day on the water, while another may visit the most significant early church in the Aegean. Moraitis Winery has been in operation for over a century with a boasting 40 acres of organic vineyards. The winery has two PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) wines along with 11 other labels. The Mortaris delectable whites and reds are peacefully aged in French oak barrels for delicious taste.
We hope to have given you just a quick glimpse into Greece’s fabulous wine and history. So with that said, let’s make your holiday extra memorable this year and book with All Yachts Worldwide to share the journey of a lifetime with your friends and family.