Discover the Diversity of Cretan Wine and Local Viticulture
One of the most important wine producing areas of Crete is the eastern part of the island, where organised wine tours will introduce you the region’s most beautiful vineyards. Enjoy an expert-led wine tasting tour through diverse excursions in scenic historic routes, visit multiple-award-winning wineries, sample a variety of local wines and delicacies and learn all about Crete’s indigenous grapes and the wine-making process.
1. Wine Roads of Heraklion Get a taste of the island's amazing wine in Heraklion country tour, the largest wine region of Crete, where the most distinctive island wineries and the majority of the famous local Malvazian wine-growing zones are situated, along with archaeology and mythology. You will explore some of the region’s most beautiful vineyards, sample wine followed by paring local meze and learn the stories of the wineries. If you are on vacations in Heraklion, you will have the chance to see its extensive vineyard at the area of Peza-Archanes and walk along numerous points of interest; indicatively, the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, the Minoan palace of Knossos, the ancient Minoan press in Vathipetro, the monasteries of Agarathos and Saint George Apanosifis, the archaeological sites in Phaistos, Malia, Gortyna, Levina and the eastern side of Psiloritis, the highest mountain of Crete.
2. Lasithi At the eastern end of Crete, the rich winemaking heritage and the authentic Crete country life has made wine tours really go. Here, visitors will be introduced to the fine flavours of local wine in dedicated tasting room and join exciting walking wine tour accompanied by the natural beauty of Crete. Most of the vineyards are located around the town of Sitia and at a higher elevation on the Ziros plateau, ideal area also for those staying close to Agios Nikolaos, Elounda and Ierapetra. Wine tours in Lassithi are perfect for wine and nature lovers who wish to explore the area taking the scenic route to the Plateau of Lasithi or climb up to the Cave of Psychro, visit the Minoan settlements of Petras and Mochlos, the Minoan city in Palekastro and the ancient city of Lato, Toplou Monastery and its museum, the palm tree forest in Vai and the Minoan palace in Zakros.
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