A dreamy volcanic island with breath-taking views of the Aegean Sea, Santorini is not only known for amassing tourists, yet it provides an ancient wine culture little known to the outside world.
Santorini is an island located in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km southeast from Greece. It is the largest island of a small, circular archipelago. The island was the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history: the Minoan eruption (sometimes called the Thera eruption), which occurred about 3,600 years ago.
Santorini's economy is primarily reliant on the tourism industry; however, agriculture also plays an interesting part. The island sustains a unique wine industry, based on several indigenous grape varieties. The history of wine cultivation in Santorini goes back to prehistoric times, and today vineyards of Santorini are the oldest in the country and amongst the oldest in the world.
The island of Crete lies at the southern edge of the Aegean Sea, and although it is a mountainous island, Crete is a major producer of olive oil, citrus fruits and garden vegetables. Over the millennia the Lefka Ori Mountains of Western Crete have absorbed the quiet life cycle for thousands of the island’s native flora. Manousakis Winery is a family owned winery founded in 1984 in Western Crete, in the hills around the village of Vatolakkos.
Founded in 1979, with deep roots in time-honored winemaking traditions and eyes on the future, the Semeli Estate produces wines of exceptional quality offering consumers best value for money.
The sunny Mediterranean climate and the extraordinary terroir, combined with the expert craftsmanship of our winemakers and the successful blending of indigenous and international varieties, result in wines of distinct characters that have earned the respect of experts and captured the hearts of wine lovers worldwide.