Santorini island has the honor to host the 1st International Wine-tourism Congress that will take place from October 14th – October 16th, 2016. The Congress will be held at Nomikos Conference center, at Firostefani and is organized by the Aegean University & University of South Australia. The Congress has been held under the auspices of:
- The Federation of Tourist Enterprises
- The Greek Interprofessional Organisation of Grape & Wine
- The Greek Federation of Wine
- The Central Co-operative of Vine & Wine products
- Municipality of Santorini
Presidents of the Congress are Dr. Paris Tsatras, Tourism Professor at the University of Aegean and Dr. Yiannis Voyatzis, President of the Greek Interprofessional Organisation of Grape & Wine. Honorary President of the Congress if Mr. Yiannis Boutaris, Mayor of Thessaloniki.
Enotourism, Oenotourism, Wine tourism, or Vinitourism refers to tourism whose purpose is or includes the tasting, consumption or purchase of wine, often at or near the source Where other types of tourism are often passive in nature, enotourism can consist of visits to wineries, tasting wines, vineyard walks, or even taking an active part in the harvest.