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.
In a boutique winery on the top of a hill with a panoramic view, in 2003 Stilianou turned his hobby into a full-time profession. As a result he produces 20.000 bottles per year. His philosophy states that each place has its own local flavors; he has resisted the immense trend of flavour-levelling and uniformity. As a result he produces wines that highlight the advantages of the Cretan vineyard and blend harmoniously with the tastes of the Cretan diet.
The winery is open to visitors daily, all year long. In its austere hall for wine tasting, you will find the opportunity to explore the flavors and aromas of Cretan wines. The winemaker will also guide you around the wine-making tanks, and the cellars that are used for the wine-aging in their oaken barrels.
- type Winery
- open on
May - October: 11.00 - 18.00
November - April: 10.00 - 15.00
- payment types in Cash