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Welcome to our place - Welcome to Santorini

Dreaming of a charming and hospitable holiday haven to spend your holidays in Santorini? You've come to the right place! ψομε αν Spend an absolutely fantastic holiday at the welcoming environment of "RENA".

kostas Antonatos Kostas - Owner

The "RENA" has got amazing and panoramic sea view and you can admire the amazing sunsets from the terrace or the patio. The most important is that you can swim to the crystal clean waters which are right next to our rooms.

Antonatou Tzina - Owner

Products of Santorini

Why is there so much fuss for the products of the Santorinian earth? Why is it that fava is about to enter the Stock Exchange, as well as the Santorinian small tomato? Why are there conferences being organised so frequently dealing with her greatly prized products? Probably because Santorini has something unique: her particular ecosystem, which was created from volcanic explosions...

The volcanic ash, which has made the soil porous, in combination with the drought, soil humidity and morning sea breeze, give unique flavor to the products of this soil.

Caper

kapari santorini island Being the most famous and popular product of Santorini, cherry tomatoes with the slightly hardest skin and rich juicy body, can be savoured fresh, sun-dried, in the form of paste or even as spoon-sweet. Cherry tomatoes used to be systematically cultivated before the earthquake, but today they are exclusively grown by the Association Cooperative of Theraic Products.

 

Cherry Tomato

tomato santorini island Essential for accompanying salads and fava, caper is always present in every real Santorinian dish. It is a wild bush thriving in rocky areas; that is why it is said that “caper is planted by ants”. It is collected at the end of spring and throughout summer. From the bush are taken the ‘kaparokoumba’ (caper buds) and ‘kaparofilla’ (caper leaves). Once they soak in water for at least one week, with the water being regularly renewed in order to take the bitterness out, they turn into pickles by adding vinegar and salt. Caper buds are also dried out in order to be used in various dishes. Caper packed in glass jars can be bought at the Association Cooperative of Theraic Products, while caper spoon-sweets and other rare caper products are sold exclusively at Carlos store in Akrotiri.

 

Fava

fava santorini island Had you ever thought that a fava could differ from another one? Indeed, should you place the Santorinian fava next to another one, the difference in taste is obvious! The first one has a much more full taste. The reason for this is not only the soil. The Santorinian fava is unique because it comes from a different variety of fava bean, Lathyrus Clymenum, which according to excavations in Akrotiri has existed on the island since 3.500 years ago. One of the first factories producing fava is that of Spyros Nomikos in Vothonas. You will try it with onion, octopus, caramelized onions, pieces of pork meat, even with cuttlefish.

 

Hloro Tyri

hloro santorini island Its production is very small, so the likelihood to find it on the island is really low. It is a fresh caprine (goat) cheese with creamy texture, made by the locals usually for domestic use. You can occasionally find it at the Selene restaurant.

 

Kardamides

kardamida santorini island Kardamides are exquisite green herbs that make miracles in fighting cholesterine. They are collected at the end of spring in fields and vineyards all over Santorini. During that period, they can also be found at the Central Community Market of Fira. They are boiled, in the same way as other green herbs, and are delicious at the side of small and big fish.

 

Peanuts

pistachios santorini island Although peanut trees in Santorini seemed to have declined paying the price for touristic development, Yannis Nomikos and his model craft enterprise Agroktima, located in Vothonas, brought Santorinian peanuts back again to the island products’ list in 2006. Parched and very mature in taste, they are sun-dried twice –once before and once after being salted– and are sold in packages at the island’s supermarkets.

 

White Eggplant

aubergine santorini island Another rare product of the Santorini soil with many comparative advantages. It has very few seeds, does not absorb much oil when fried and has a particularly sweet taste. So sweet that there is no need to de-bitter it at all. You will find white eggplant dishes at various restaurants on the island. It is really worth trying ‘melitzanosalata’ (white eggplant paste)!

 

WINES

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winery

 

If you do not walk through a vineyard –one of the best in Greece– and taste the unique local wines, it will be as if you have missed the true flavor of the island.
If you had asked someone two decades ago what pictures the word Santorini brought to their mind, the answer would have been something about the caldera and the sunset. In the 80s, the wine producers of the island produced cheap bulk wine, while vineyards were easily sacrificed on the altar of a “room to let” or a “mini market”. At some point, the island became overpacked and tourists themselves, who until then had been supporting this “rooms-to-let” regime, started to abandon the island exactly because of this excessive overflow. Now there was demand for high quality and the sector of gastronomy within this context acquired new dimensions. All of a sudden, Santorini found herself having another precious heritage in her hands: her vineyards. These vineyards, which, thanks to the power of the volcanic soil and the character of a charismatic grape variety, assyrtiko, gave wines with a unique identity. Great wine producers have worked incredibly hard and, as a result, the Santorini wines stand today among the most popular wines in Greece demonstrating the highest sales abroad.

Wine varieties

The assyrtiko grape is a variety with character. You either adore it or hate it. In the Santorini microclimate, it gives a wine with metallic elements, high acidity and explosive body, matching the volcanic character of the island. Other main varieties are athyri, aidani (white), mantilaria and mavrotragano (red). At the same time, the island has several rare local varieties, the so-called “xenoloes”, such as voudomato, katsano, gaidouria, flaskia, potamisi, mavrathyro, aitonyhi etc. Some wine producers have recently started vinification of such varieties.

Wineries

Today Santorini constitutes the best organised wine-tourist destination with visitable wineries, excellent restaurants and wine tasting. 

  • Boutari Winery, Santorini
  • Canava Roussos
  • Domaine Sigalas
  • Estate Argyros
  • Gaia Wines
  • Gavalas Vineyard
  • Hatzidakis Winery
  • Kasteli Wines
  • Koutsogiannopoulos Winery
  • Santo Wines


SOURCE: santorini-islandguide.com

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