Venetsanos Winery

Location: Santorini, Greece

Date: 1997

Location Address: Megalochori

Status: Completed Works

Designed by George Venetsanos in 1947, Venetsanos Winery was renovated by Oikos Architecture in 1997 mixing the original design with new ideas.

Venetsanos Winery has a very rich history, unique architecture and amazing views. It was built in 1947 by Venetsanos family and became the first industrial winery on the island. Its most distinguished feature is the structural design, which essentially used gravity, facilitating energy efficiency, at a time when access to electricity and other energy sources was very limited. The winery was built in an unconventional manner constructed from above and moving downwards. Located right above the port of Athinios, was exploiting the steep ridge of the Caldera, over-looking the volcanic landscape of Santorini.

The renovation is the culmination of this rich family tradition with the restored structures. “Oikos architecture” office exposed the exceptional architectural forms and combined them with the history of one of the most important wine producers in the Aegean. The project has transformed the preindustrial facilities into a modern museum alongside the existing winery installation and a café aligned with the view over the Caldera.