Lyrarakis Winery

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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.

Since the mid 1980s they have specialized in rare local varieties: they managed to recover the almost extinct varieties of “Dafni” and “Plyto”. They also grow and cultivate the varieties of Vilana, Moshato White and French Sauvignon blanc. As far as the red varieties are concerned the local ones of Kotsifali, Madilari and Moshato are combined with international varieties Syrah, Merlot,and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Other innovative productions consist of an aged red wine from only Madilari grapes, a variety that had always been blended previously in Crete. Finally the Lyrarakis family was the first in the late 1990s to mix the local Kotsifali with the international Syrah, so creating an unusually exciting red blend.

Lyrarakis wineshave been many times recipients of nominations and awards; their exports cover Europe, North America and Canada. Guided tours take place in the vineyards and cellars; a wine-tasting of 5 finest wines is accompanied by local cheese. The winery also offers a lunch and dinner service on request, featuring the local cuisine – and obviously their wines! 

Additional Info

  • type Winery
  • open on

    In the Summer season (April - October) the cellars are open from Monday to Friday, from 11.00 to 19.30 and Saturdays from 13.00 to 18.00. In order to visit the winery any other time, you should contact them first. 
    Guided tours and wine tasting for groups from 10 to 60 people, upon request.

  • payment types in Cash
  • facilities

    Wine tasting halls, guided tours in the cellars

directions how to...

  • address Alagni
  • Region Archanes Asterousia, Heraklio
  • relevant routes

    Roads of Wine

  • directions

    Follow the avenue of St. Kazantzidis (the new highway), that starts from Alikarnassos and passing through the industrial area of ​​Heraklion, head to the south. Follow the indicative brown signs at the route, which they will lead you to the cellar. There is a distance from Heraklion 22 km around.

communication how to...

  • phone +30 2810 741482, 2810 284.614, 6937376548
  • Fax -
  • Website

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