The sailboat was heading to the island of Syros which was a prospering commercial centre at that time. Instead of reaching Syros, the brothers disembarked on the island of Santorini due to strong west winds. Maritime trade was flourishing in Santorini; firstly, because there were many safe bays for sailboats around the volcano, and secondly and most importantly, because it was a transit route on the way to Crete and Egypt. Later on, wine trade relations were developed with Egypt.
From their very first contacts with the island, the young Koutsoyannopoulos brothers realised that Santorini presented great commercial interest which they decided to exploit, and started trading olive-oil that they transferred in wineskins from their home town. Their sharpness and hard work enabled them to develop, acquire real estate and sailboats and establish considerable financial standing within two decades, which was considered a remarkable achievement by the society of Santorini."
Our family created the museum out of its love and passion for tradition and wine. As fourth-generation winemakers, we are proud to continue the tradition of producing high quality wines.
It took twenty-one years of hard work, patience and perseverance to create the wine museum. This endeavour was funded entirely by our family. The museum was created by manual work without the use of machinery, given that the area is narrow, long and low-ceilinged.
The whole range of tools, vessels and machinery are genuine and rare pieces, which have been used by past generations of the Koutsoyannopoulos family and are an important part of the family history.
The exhibits in the museum are presented in a certain order. The stages of the winemaking process and the whole range of machinery are presented in chronological order. The tour begins with a model of the first house of the Koutsoyannopoulos family dating back to 1840 that was situated at Katavothra Molaon (present-day Metamorfosi) of the Laconia Prefecture (Peloponnese). The visitors can also see various authentic elements from the house, such as a roof tile, a window bolt and a hook. The visitors can learn about the life of vine-growers in Santorini and the stages of winemaking, including pruning and ploughing of the vineyards, harvesting, stomping and weighing of the grapes by viewing semi-mobile and still-life figurines. The rare exhibits, including winemaking machinery and tools, will take the visitors back in time to another era. Visitors end their tour at the head office of the founder of the winery, Grigorios Koutsoyannopoulos, where all his personal belongings and stationery dating back to 1870 are exhibited.
Lastly, the visitors will have the opportunity to taste three of the best wines that our winery produces today. In this manner, we are confident that the visitors will acquire knowledge about the past, the Cycladic culture, and wine.