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 Boutaris family has a long history of making wine, beginning as far back as 1879.
Of the seven wineries the company runs, the only one in Crete is located at Skalani, on the estate "Fantaxometocho". This is just 8 km away from Heraklion and 4 km from the archaeological site of Knossos.
This has been in operation since 1973 in the village of Kounavoi right in the heart of wine-growing zone of the Peza area. It has grown to become a modern and huge winery that can store about 1.900.000 liters in stainless tanks and wine-makers, whilst in its two cellars more than 500 oak barrels of 225 and 300 liters apiece are stored.
This family-business has been running for three generations in the village of Kounavoi right in the heart of wine-growing zone of the Peza area. It has become one of the largest private wineries of Crete. Their 12 acres vineyards consist of the grape varieties of Vilana, Merlot, Chardonnay and Syrah.
This is the pioneer winery of the Peza area that first bottled and so commercialized its wine production and distribution in 1952. Soon after the end of the War, they began bulk exports of wine to Europe (France and the UK).
The Ktima Patergianaki is considered to be a pioneer in the organic production of wines in Crete, since it was the first to introduce it.
A second-generation family business that started their wine-making activities in 1966, it is based in the Peza wine-making zone: one of the most important in Crete. They have a private vineyard of 35 acres, lying at around an altitude of 550 m.
In the heart of where once Minoan vineyards stood, and just a few kilometers south of Knossos in the village of Kounavoi, Iannis Stilianou cultivates in 7 private acres of organic vineyards the local grape varieties of Vidiano, Thrapsathiri, Vilana, Kotsifali and Mandilari.
The Peza Union is located in one of the most important wine-making areas of Crete, with access to 7,400 acres of vineyards of its members. Fertile land and systematic cultivation produces exceptional grape varieties.
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.