We spent a glorious afternoon with Phenix recently being introduced to the history of wine on Santorini. There was just the two of us on the excursion with Phenix who is delight to spend time with and really knows her stuff. Her style is relaxed and casual and she has great knowledge on wine and Santorini. We visited 2 vineyards and had great twine tasting at both....the white wines on the island are amazing. We bought wine at both wineyards and were only sorry we didn't have more room in our bags....this truly is a undiscovered secret!
I should mention a wine we had at the second vineyard, it was a 'wild ferment' and was out of this world. Unfortunately it's so poplar that they had none available to sell but we've already sourced some in the UK....if you get the chance to try this wine, grab it with both hands!!
We finished our day with a cooking class with a local chef. He was terrific, so pleasant and friendly and with a great sense of humour. He thought us to cook a few local dishes and while it would have been great to be more hands on I still walked away feeling confident enough to try the dishes at home. The evening finished with dinner served beside the beach - it was perfect!
Phenix takes cafe of everything on the day and really makes you feel at ease, from collecting you, getting you around the island and dropping you back to your hotel (much needed after all the wine:) . This isn't a cheap experience, but like anything you pay for quality and I feel we got great value for money out of the day.
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