Transforming the old pre-industrial winery of 1861, which closed its doors in 1952, when its third owner Nikolaos A. Argyros, founded the Union of Cooperatives for Products of Thira and the biggest winery on the island, now known as SantoWines, in the year 1999, his son, Antonis N. Argyros, brings to life the Art Space Santorini Winery Museum and Art Gallery.
When tradition meets new age
With great respect for the traditional shape of the place, the chambers of the old winery are finely restored and become a wonderful wine museum as a reminiscence of the history of wine and the traditional craftsmanship of its production.
The adjacent underground cavern of the old barn is chosen as the new winery. The entrance to this cave is 8 meters below the surface of the earth while the depth at the end of the cave reaches 11 meters. As a dominant material, we used a dense layer of pumice, 6 meters thick, which is in itself a unique insulating material, thus constituting the perfect environment for the maturation and aging of the wine.
The second significant advantage is the altitudinal difference, which made “vertical vinification” possible. The vinification takes place on three different levels and makes use of gravity and natural flow, without the use of pumps.
To protect our values
Art Space Santorini Winery is traditional cozy labor of winemaking production, which is equipped with all the contemporary technology to ensure that our motto “quality over quantity” will remain unspoiled. Our equipment includes special tanks for pre-fermentation cold socking, stain steel fermentation tanks, cooling equipment for temperature control throughout the production process as well as oak barrels for the maturation of the wine.
Worth mentioning that all the new vineyards of the winery are pure production of organic farming.