Wineries in Crete

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.

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Titakis Winery
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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

  • area Kounavoi, 70100
  • type Winery
  • contact +30 2810 743 630
Minos Miliaraki Winery
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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). 

  • area Peza & Sabas, 70100
  • type Winery
  • contact +30 2810 741213
Ktima Patergianaki
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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. 

  • area Melesses, 71001
  • type Winery
  • contact +30 2810226674
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. 

  • area Alagni
  • type Winery
  • contact +30 2810 741482
Stilianou Winery
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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

  • area Kounavoi, 70100
  • type Winery
  • contact +30 6936430368
Peza Union Winery
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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. 

  • area Kalloni, 70100
  • type Winery
  • contact +30 2810 741945 - 7
Ktima Mihalaki
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Their vineyards are located in the region of St George Epanosifis at an altitude of 550-600 m and covering an area of 110 acres. This is an area with a long tradition in wine making: in the Minoan villa of Vathypetro has been found one of the oldest wine presses of all time. 

  • area Metaxohori, 70100
  • type Winery
  • contact +30 2810 381303
Ktima Tamiolaki
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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. 

  • area Houdetsi, 70100
  • type Winery
  • contact +30 2810 742083
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