Crete IslandThe traditional instruments such as Cretan lyre, violin and laouto played an important role in Cretan history and present. The Cretan cuisine has also an incredible history and present; still using the same old spices brought from east, hundred kinds of greens and herbs, its unique olive oil and wine. At this cultural crossroad many traditions survive while various elements of foreign cultures are still part of everyday life.
Arhanes – red wines Heraklion
Dafnes - red wines Heraklion
Peza white & red wines Heraklion
Sitia & Malvasia Sitias white & red wines dry & sweet Lasithi
Handakas -Candia & Malvasia white wines
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is located very close to the new National Road of Chania-Kisamos, just four (4) kilometers before the town of Kisamos (Kasteli).... read more
Holy Monastery Agias Triados
Open daily... read more
Association of Sitia
Ιτ΄s not open for a visit... read more
Is open Monday to Saturday and between the hours of 10:00 until 17:00.... read more
Union Heraklion Winery
MONDAY TO FRIDAY 07:30 – 14:30 AFTER APPOINTMENT... read more
Is a family growing business.... read more
You can get (upon request) to show you the area of the winery and the production of Cretan wine.... read more
Sinadinakis Winery Eltyna
location on sunny slopesin the area of Arhanes... read more
Is open to public from Monday to Friday 9:00 – 16:00... read more
Ιτ΄s not open for a visit... read more
Creta Olympias Meditera
Constructed a brand new winery called LIOGERMA,13 klm National Road Heraklion - Moires... read more
"The southernmost winery of the Europe.... read more
The wine tasting room is situated at the highest point of the complex... read more
Open Tuesday to Thursday, from 11:00 to 14:00 (upon request)... read more
is open daily from 10:00 to 14:00 and on weekends on request... read more
Our wines , are of limited production and are supplied in numbered bottles... read more
Manousakis Winery Nostos
Visits Monday through Friday: 08.00-16.00... read more
Maid road 97 Heraklion-Faistos... read more
The Lyrarakis Estate is a family winery since 1966... read more
This stone winery was built by Andreas Dourakis, with his own hands... read more
welcome to taste our wines. Please visit from Monday to Friday between 12:00 and 16:00 or by appointment... read more
The winery is accessible and open to the public... read more
Ktima Priamou Ieronymaki
You can visit the winery by appointment... read more
The located in the area of Kalloni N. Heraklion and specifically in Perivolia (19 km south of the city of Heraklion).... read more
Open to the public all year round.... read more
You can visit the vineyards by appointment... read more
Vilana: This is the island’s white star! Vilana, makes an appearance in the PDO Peza or Sitia wines with its fascinating fine aroma, its light taste and its refreshing lemon-scented acidity.
Vidiano: Unique apricot aroma, rich body, creamy taste; these elements make Vidiano the rising diva of the Cretan vineyard.
Dafni: Dafni’s special aromas bring to mind the well-known plant dafni (laurel), hence its name. Quite a remarkable variety with tasteful character.
Thrapsathiri: A variety grown everywhere in Crete, offering balanced wines, rich in flavor. This is where the white PDO Sitia wines take their particular taste from.
Kotsifali: Soft and mellow, full of plum fragrances, the fleshy Kotsifali can be described as the Cretan equivalent of Merlot. Jointly responsible for the wonderful PDO Peza and Archanes wines.
Liatiko: Excellent red variety which may be lacking in color, but offers unique sweetness and character. The mind-blowing sweet and dry PDO Sitia and Dafnes wines are an indisputable proof.
Malvazia: This special clone of the aromatic Malvazia has returned to the fore, offering a real scented bouquet to both sweet and dry wines of the island.
Mantilari: Wild and untamed like the Cretan land and its people, Mantilari is considered to be the king of native red varieties. This is where the PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) Peza and Arhanes- Syrah belong.
Muscat of Spina: This clone of Muscat is a small-grape treasure; its thin skin skyrockets its fine dry character.
Plyto: Yet another variety recently saved from extinction; Plyto completes the mosaic of Cretan aromas and tastes with its refreshing acidity, its lemon scent and lightness.
Romeiko: A particularly resistant variety which gives lively red wines with high alcohol content, average acidity and variable color – due to the distinctive variegated grapes growing on the numerous branches of the plant. The traditional wine Marouvas, which resembles sherry, is made out of this variety.
Cabernet Sauvignon: The sun and the heat offer maturity and volume; this balances the strong tannins, but also give a Cretan twist, whether you enjoy it in varietal wines or blended with other international as well as native varieties.
Chardonnay: The local character of this variety can be offset through careful harvesting and modern winemaking in low temperatures, with no sacrifice in its vivacious flavor. Some of the island’s producers have been following this line while experimenting, mixing it with more lemony varieties.
Merlot: Its consumption may be easy; but its cultivation is very tricky. The island’s skilled wine producers, however, have found the solution to select heavy soils, high altitudes and cold vineyards. The result is a Cretan version, combining plum and herbal aromas with a warm and succulent flavor.
Sauvignon Blanc: The warm climate may extract some of the Sauvignon’s intense aromas, giving them body and soul, without taking away any of its zest and vivacity. Apart from its varietal wines, it also gives original blends when mixed with local varieties, aromatic or not.
Syrah: The love of the deep-colored Syrah for the warm Mediterranean climate is indisputable. So, neither its splendid acclimatization nor its excellent results from one end of the island to the other should come as a surprise. What is impressive, though, is how it blends perfectly with the island’s classic red varieties, producing wines with a Cretan character and a cosmopolitan feel.
Sangiovese: This variety has adjusted perfectly well to Cretan soil. Its high acidity provides freshness and an unexpected bite, while the mature aromas and the voluminous flavor in the mouth complete the profile of the Cretan Sangiovese, which combines equally scrumptious doses of richness and refinement.