In the wineries of Crete, the tradition of production is still handed down from generation to generation. The traditional Cretan varieties of grapes and wines survived: now they are enjoying a revival, while being enriched with other domestic and international varieties. Modern technology and tradition have been successfully married; contemporary wineries have pulled together to achieve a position of worth for the Cretan wines on both the domestic and international scenes.
Cretan wine-making establishments – with their long winemaking traditions – are open to the public. You can tour the vineyards and cellars, whilst in the more modern set-ups you can taste Cretan wines accompanied with appetizers from the famous Cretan cuisine.
Check below Wineries that you can visit along this Route.
The Douloufakis winery is located in one of the most important wine-producing areas of the prefecture of Heraklion, at the village of Dafnes. The Douloufakis family has a long association with viticulture and wine production: this began in 1930 and continues until today, with the third generation of the family now in control.
The cooperative holds an important place in wine-making in the Heraklion region. Its wineries are located at Arkalochori and Dafnes villages but there is also a modern bottling facility in the Malades area.
The Idaia winery was founded in 1998 by the oenologists Calliope Volitaki and Vasilis Laderos: at this moment it consists of some 5 acres of vineyard. Its name derives from the ancient name of Crete (Idaia).
The Efrosini Winery is a small family business which, although new to the field of wine making, has received several important awards in international competitions.
The winery was founded in 2007 by the Diamantakis family and is a modern equipped wine-producing unit. Its facilities are located in the heart of Malevizi region, just outside the village of Kato Asites and the Monastery of St. George of Gorgolaeni, at an altitude of 450 m.
Their vineyards are located in the region of St George Epanosifis at an altitude of 550-600 m and covering an area of 110 acres. This is an area with a long tradition in wine making: in the Minoan villa of Vathypetro has been found one of the oldest wine presses of all time.
Located in village of Houdetsi just 25 km off from Heraklion, it belongs to the protected Peza wine-making zone. It is a family business whose main philosophy is to highlight the Cretan vineyard by cultivating local varieties.
On the hillnamed Orthi Petra at a height of 500 mand but a kilometre north of ancient Gortyn is the Zaharioudaki vineyard, in the village of Plouti. It covers 50 acres and boasts of modern facilities designed in a unique way.
The winery is located in the small village of Siva 17 km on the National Road from Heraklion to Moires. Their family tradition began in 1890 with a small winery in the family home.