The popular holiday island of Santorini, also renowned for its ancient grape varieties and its wine, is slated to host the first International Wine Tourism Congress on October 14-16.
The congress will take place at the Petros Nomikos Conference Center in the village of Firostefani and is organized in cooperation between the University of the Aegean and the University of South Australia.
Held under the auspices of the Greek Tourism Confederation, the National Inter-professional Organization of Vine and Wine (EDOAO), the Central Union of Vine & Wine Producing Cooperatives and the Municipality of Thera, the congress will be chaired by Paris Tsartas, professor of tourism at the University of the Aegean, and Yannis Vogiatzis, a winemaker and president of EDOAO. Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris of the Boutari Winery has been named honorary chairman.
The aim of the congress is to address the development and future prospects of wine tourism.