5 Top Cretan wineries and vineyards to visit

Wine tourism in Crete seems to become a dynamic travel trend, combining the delights of local gastronomic tradition with visits in magnificent hinterland. The wineries, among others, offer the visitors the possibility of organized guided tours and wine tastings combined with traditional flavors. Learn the long history of wine made on the island of Crete and taste some of the very best local production on the spot.

1. Manousakis Nostos

Just before start approaching the White Mountains of Chania, on the road to Omalos, you meet the vineyards of the Manousaki Winery, at the height from 300 to 600 meters above the ground. The winery specializes in international wine varieties production, but in recent years the forgotten white Cretan variety of Vilana has drawn some special attention.

Where: Vatolakos Village, Chania

The winery is open to visitors all year round (after appointment).

2. Douloufakis

"Greek wine sourced from the heart of Crete", is the logo of the family run winery that keeps the tradition in wine making alive, passed through 3 generations.Ιn the vineyards, the ideal microclimate offers the right conditions for the production of excellent wines from the local varieties liatiko, kotsifali, vilana, vidiano, as well as some other famous International varieties. 

Where:Heraklion

The winery is open to visitors all year round (after appointment).

3. Boutari

The famous Greek wine label Boutari runs a winery in Crete, spread over 70 acres of vineyard in a lush idyllic landscape in Archanes, a location characterized for "Wines with Appellation of Superior Quality". The main aim here is to combine Greek with International varieties and highlight the local.

Where:Skalani, Archanes Heraklion

The winery is open to visitors all year round (after appointment).

4. Lyraraki

Α family-owned vineyard of 140 acres overlooking the imposing Lasithi Mountains is a place worth to visit. The winery obtains modern facilities and the cellar stores wines reputed and exquisite in flavour, as the main operation is dedicated to rescuing indigenous Cretan varieties. 

Where: Alagni, Heraklion

The winery is open to visitors all year round (after appointment).

5. Douraki

High-level facilities in a beautiful stone building is the winery of the family Douraki, where great wines are being made under great tender and long-life tradition. Labels for all palate are presented impeccable and sophisticated by great experts of the kind.

Where: Alikampros, Chania

The winery is open to visitors all year round (after appointment).


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