At the end of autumn, they are picked by the village folk and are used to adorn the icons in the small country churches. It is this simple blend of beauty and exquisite fragrance of nature that served as inspiration for the creation of Manousakis Winery logo. The three “Manousakia” are symbolic of Ted Manousakis' three daughters.
“Terroir is the environment. Terroir is the crop; it is the unique aromas and flavors tucked away in the soil that shape the character of a product. Terroir is also the people. It all came together in the form of a product line called Terroir by Alexandra Manousakis.
This line of products serves as a showcase of Cretan nature, a showcase of Crete’s unique and unforgettable terroir. Each bottle of olive oil, jar and sea salt, is handmade by a local ceramist.
The most important part of this project is its philanthropic nature as part of the earnings is given to the local ELEPAP, which is a special school for children with disabilities.
The “Terroir” products in the short time that have been created have been accepted with great publicity and are available in many selected stores, e-shops as well as in Manousakis Winery in Vatolakkos-Chania.
Tsikoudia is a distillate from the marc, or pumace, of Roussanne grapes. Tsikoudia has a long standing history in Crete and is used not only as an aperitif, but also for its therapeutic action. Traditionally, most households produce this strong spirit and enjoy it either at room temperature or directly from the freezer.
You will hear Tsikoudia being referred to as Raki on the eastern part of Crete. In the Chania area, it is almost always referred to as Tsikoudia which comes from the word tsikouda, meaning grape pumace.
To this day, the tradition of making Tsikoudia is a big event in any village. Normally, the entire village gets together, each family bringing their grape pumace and distilling it all night long, sometimes non-stop for a few days depending on harvest quantities.
Summer months: The winery is open Monday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 18:00
Winter months: Monday to Friday only upon request.
Visit www.manousakiswinery.com for online bookings