Oia is a fun town. The vineyard had some great wines. Not enough time at either location. We still had 3 and 1/2 hours at our drop off point so both of these stops could have been extended. I think the limiting factor is there are too many tours and not enough parking for the buses. Even though the tour guides are doing a great job stressing people need to head down the tram early passengers seem to ignore the advice. When 120 people were not back on board at the "all aboard" time something needs to change.
We later went to Santos Winery where we did wine tasting and ate mezas (small plates). The interesting thing about Santorini because of the wind and the cliffs is that the grapes actually do not grow on vines but on the ground. They don't irrigate the plants because of the humidity and warmth of the Adriatic Sea. We tried all three of their wines but are primarily known for the dolce vino (sweet dessert wine).
I was somewhat disappointed in this excursion. The first stop was to a winery for some wine tasting which was very good and I thought it was a sign of great things to come, but the rest of the tour was just an expensive bus ride. The scenery was indeed beautiful but we were eventually dropped off at the town for shopping, which I would normally love but the hubby isn't too keen on it so we wound up finding a restaurant for a little lunch.
The wine tasting was of no value, but the views were spectacular. The rest of the tour was well worth it--seeing OIA is a must. Fira was also lovely to stroll and we had a lovely Greek lunch on our own before taking the cable car back down the mountain.
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