Wine tour and tasting at an authentic local Cretan winery
Updated: Oct 18, 2019
Like Cretans have a passion for food, they have no less a passion for local wine and, of course, every Cretan will knowingly claim that the wine they make, or their local winery, is the best in Crete, Greece and probably the world! Whilst some of these proud claims may be “stretching” wider opinion, some of the family wineries have indeed gone on to produce some simply stunning wines, many of which have received international acclaim and won many recognised awards, both in Greece and across the world. So today we ensure you will see and taste some local wines at the winery where they are lovingly crafted and that would be impossible to find in a UK cellar, the best barely gets far enough to be enjoyed in the next town, such is the demand locally!
For many people, wine is considered a key experience in life, nowhere less so then the island of Crete with its rich fertile soil and perfect growing climate.
We will escort you to where you will taste memorable wines that will offer new thrills to your palate. “And wine that maketh glad the heart of man…” is what our ancestors used to say and this island will demonstrate that fully!
Crete boasts the oldest wine-producing area in continuous use on the European continent so they have had plenty of practice, with vineyards passed down generation to generation, each keen to show how they can make the best wine even better, indeed Crete boasts a wine tradition that is 4000 years old! Archaeological finds have proved this with of the oldest vineyard in Europe, unearthed in the area of Kato Zakro, Crete. Indeed the oldest known wine-press was discovered in nearby Archanes, and dated at over 3500 years old!
Wine is part of the daily life and culture of the island. It is always served with a meal or dinner and drinking is enjoyed in company as Cretans never drink alone. They prefer to do it while chatting, laughing, enjoying local food and maybe accompanied by Cretan music steeped in fierce tradition for a 100 years or more!
It’s a fair bet you may leave having purchased a bottle or two to accompany your olive oil for the journey home!
Trip duration: 4 hours