The National Directory depicts elements of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Greece in the form of a directory and is the valid and updated picture of the intangible cultural heritage of our country. The included ICH Report on Santorini contains all the items that comprise the intangible cultural heritage of the island, which need to be safeguarded and showcased. Indicatively, the main items are as follows:
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The historical vineyard of Santorini enhances the natural and cultural scenery of the island. This vineyard is one of the few in the world that is ungrafted and untouched by phylloxera, and has a historical presence of 3,500 years in the unique terroir of the island. Over the centuries, the vine-growers of Santorini have adopted special cultivation techniques (Kouloura or Ambelia) for the production of the island's PDO wines (Santorini, Nyhteri, Vinsanto). At the same time, the special tools used during the grape harvest (e.g. Ferentini, Kofinia), as well as the peculiar architecture of the wineries (Kanava, Patitiri, kofinia) are part of this tradition.
Folklore pertaining to the harvest and wine is rich in Santorini and includes wine celebrations for the harvest, and traditions that mark the beginning of the new Harvest (Agios Averkios), accompanied by songs and particular dishes made during this time (manestra of Vendema, tomato patties, and others); these are still practiced today.
Special referral needs to be made to the linguistic tradition of wine – the wine vocabulary of Santorini, as it has been developed over time.
Intangible Cultural Heritage is a reality that has life, which changes, evolves, transforms, adapts, is enriched, and is transferred to future generations by monitoring the social, cultural and economic transformations.
The fact that the wine tradition of Santorini was included in the National Index is a beginning for the wine industry to act collectively and for its inclusion in the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO. The special wine-growing techniques and practices of Santorini are an intangible cultural heritage not only of the island but of Greece as a whole. Everyone's efforts should be focused on highlighting and promoting this request, as this will ensure that these unique cultural elements are preserved. Let Santorini open the way for the inclusion of all the special wine traditions/zones of our country on the list of UNESCO.