Volcanic Santorini is an island of rugged and unique beauty; however its greenery and vegetation are not particularly in the front line. But, who would have imagined that the volcano being the cause of its creation, would have also benefited the island of Santorini with a very special range of local products and wines, thanks to its special ground composition.
Vegetables grown in Santorini’s volcanic ground, such as cherry tomatoes, white eggplants and tiny zucchini are really strong flavored. Most famous of all, though, are the fava beans cultivated on the island, of which the world famous Fava dip of Santorini is made.
Restaurants in Santorini serving exclusively local cuisine or dishes made of the local produce are a model for the whole of Greece, as they use local products in a creative and innovative way.
The star of Santorini’s local produce is undoubtedly the wine! Wine types produced in this half-moon shaped island rival even the ones produced worldwide. The fair play practice among local wineries has turned the types of Vinsanto, Mezzo and red wine into the gems of wine-making. Except of its role as a special wine-production zone in Greece, particularly interesting for wine-lovers, Santorini has also been developed to a great wine tourism destination, as the existing wineries are open to the public and offer wine tasting experiences, as well as wine tours in the viticultures and the authentic cave-style storage rooms, called canaves.
All in all, rich in history, tradition and apparently local products, Santorini is a place that offers much to see and do, catering for every taste. The lunar-landscaped beaches, the prehistoric settlements and the traditional wineries, make the queen of the Aegean Sea a destination not to be missed by foodies, lovebirds and history buffs alike!
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