An introduction to the island of Naxos would not be complete if we did not go back to the island's interesting mythical history. If you were asked how you imagined the place where Zeus, the father of the 12 ancient Greek gods, was raised, chances are your reply would include the following: fertile, imposing, exuding primeval majesty. If you were asked what you imagined to be the dominant features on the island where Dionysus, the god of merriment, was born and raised, you would probably include fun, song and dance. If, finally, you were asked how you imagined the scene of the wedding of Dionysus and princess Ariadne, you would probably respond, “Enchanting, almost magical…”.
A taverna is a small Greek restaurant, similar to a tavern, that serves Greek cuisine. The taverna is an integral part of Greek culture and has become familiar to people from other countries who visit Greece, as well as through the establishment of tavernes (ταβέρνες, plural) in countries such as the United States and Australia by expatriate Greeks.
History of Vineyard The vineyard of Santorini is claimed to be of the oldest ones in the world. It is particularly resistant to the diseases of the vine and, what's more important, it has never been infested by vine louse. That probably renders it the only agrestal vineyard in the world. The resistance of the dry vineyard of Santorini, as well as the exquisite aromas of its grapes are due to the special climate and soil idiosyncrasies of the island. The average annual rainfall is usually 22 cm. The rain season is limited to the months between October and April, while there is hardly any rain in May and none at all during summer. Almost throughout the entire summer there are strong winds. The combination of limited rainfall and strong summer winds is quite favorable and "forces" the vines to "feed" on the humidity retained in the volcanic island soil. As a result, the yield per hectare is low (average yield: 250 kgr/0.1hec), but the quality of the grapes is particularly high and their aromas are exquisite. An additional benefit is early maturation in the beginning of August, when harvesting begins against strong winds and under the hot summer sun.