Here are clustered most of the wineries in Crete - so wine tourism does very well. Winemakers of the county are organized in a network and have set up road signs advertizing the "Wine Roads" in the region. Most wineries are located in areas of Archanes, Peza and Dafnoneno, further west the route passes through Moires and Paliani.
Along all these routes the visitor can also visit in addition other major attractions such as the Minoan Palace of Knossos, the Nikos Kazantzakis Museum at Myrtia, a Minoan wine press at Vathipetro, Phaestos (Festos) minoan palace, the monasteries of Agarathos and St. George Epanosifi etc.
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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 the largest private winery of the island since the 1970s, and it still remains a family business. Its founder, Stelios Alexakis, is in overall charge, his wife Sophia takes care of quality control: their two children, graduates of oenology degrees, control the production and plan the future steps of the business.
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 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.
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.