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“Lovely family winery”
Review of Gavalas Winery

Gavalas Winery
Ranked #4 of 11 things to do in Megalochori
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Traditional Family Winery With the legacy and experience for over three centuries, the Gavalas family produces high quality wines with unique attributes in the international market.Always with the upmost respect for the characteristics of our indigenous varietals while applying a combination of both traditional and modern vinification techniques. "Wine equals life" Mr. Gavalas says and his actions verify this. His passion for our rare indigenous is even stronger He always says "They are special and produce unique wines in the world, raising new wine horizons " Our purpose at Gavalas winery is in pursuing the constant improvement of quality, not the increase in quantity. Respecting the consumers, we try to provide wines of value for money.
Southern Finland, Finland
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“Lovely family winery”
Reviewed 4 July 2014

We ended up here following a sign from the main road as the bigger winery close by was closed for a wedding. But this was actually a great choice for some wine testing, the place was very intimate and charming. The tasting was now 1e per glass, which is still very affordable, and there were no big crowds. The wines were excellent, especially vinsanto. The woman serving us the wines answered all our questions without any rushing and made the visit very pleasant.

Visited July 2014
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Athens, Greece
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“8 family wines-Gems!”
Reviewed 24 June 2014

We heard about a great winery in Megalochori and we thought to give it a try.
Megalochori village is a traditional and graphic one and the Gavalas Winery is a very charming traditional family winery.
Wine testing costs 0,80 € per glass, a fine price for such intellect wines. We tested all of them, 8 in total, and their names are: Katsano, Santorini, Santorini Natural Ferment, Nikteri, Voudomato, Xenoloo and, of course, the sweet Vinsanto!
Our favorites were the smooth white Katsano, the fruity rose Voudomato and definitely, the traditional sweet Visanto, which, especially in this winery, is absolutely fantastic and made by the traditional way by stomping on the grapes!!! You should try them all!

Visited June 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Quaint & Delicious”
Reviewed 18 June 2014

Gavalas is a quaint little family run winery. It has stayed true to itself and not given in to the modern-style like most wineries. The cave-like rooms for the storing wine, stomping the grapes, and the shop make this place unique. The VinSanto was our favorite that we tried while on the Santorini Wine Adventures Tour.

Visited June 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Seek Out This Winery”
Reviewed 5 June 2014 via mobile

An intimate winery tucked along a walled, side street in Megalochori. Outdoor seating available. At 0.90€ per taste, this is a nice place to unwind for an hour.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Wonderful Winery!”
Reviewed 19 May 2014

We visit this winery every year and still, we found new concepts and new wines--better and better every year! This is a detailed family entity that has been producing for over 4 generations. Their 150 RUSSIAN oak barrel, a wedding gift from Mr Gavala's grandmother, is the crowned jewel of this small winery. Tucked into the beautiful, traditional village of Megalochori, southwest of the island, you can enter it directly from the road (the more southerly direction coming from Perissa Beach) or you can wander down the main alley (sokaki) under bell towers and among homes following the eventually appearing signs once you've entered the "main square" then up some steps and through a tunnel and you are transported 50 years back in time. Enjoy the new wines, Assyrtico and the Rose. The VinSanto is the best on the island, but it's a semi-sweet (grapes aged in the sun, no added sugars) red that is best in the winter at the end of a meal with some roasted nuts. The best part? If you're traveling in Santorini after August 15, check them out--they made need some stompers for their VinSanto making grapes! I am NOT kidding! They enlist vacationers for this timeless art of foot-stomping the grapes!

Visited May 2014
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