There are three P.D.O. wine production zones in Heraklion. The first, Archanes stretches on east slopes covered by mountain Psiloritis. Two red varieties of grapes are grown there: local Kotsifali, a variety with high potential in alcohol and Aegean Mantilaria with rich color and tannins. The red PDO Archanes is created from this co-vinification, a wine with complex aromatic palette, with aromas of violets and fruits, spices and chocolate, but also excellent structure and tannins. The second zone, Peza, spreads on low hills surrounded by olive groves. Here Kotsifali and Mantilaria are grown for the production of red wine with Appellation of Origin Peza. Equally famous is the white Peza which is produced from the old Cretan variety Vilana. The third production zone of Cretan wines found in the prefecture of Heraklion is Dafnes. Spanning on the north-eastern outskirts of mountain Psiloreitis at 300 to 400 meters. Mainly Liatiko, a native Cretan grape is cultivated here, which is considered one of the earliest Greek varieties. Ripens fairly early in July, hence its name: Iouliatiko - Liatiko (Ioulios is the Greek word for July). The wines with Appellation of Origin Dafnes are dry red or sweet.
Brown, candy shade, on a wine that needs its time in the glass to emerge ripe and concentrated aromas of coffee, caramel, butter and honey, but also hints of raisin and dried figs. Medium volume mouth..
A liqueur that can be considered "classic" by now, especially in the Greek islands and it is often referred to as "rakomelo". The use of lavender and citrus peels though, have significantly enriched ..
Bright and vibrant light yellow color. Rich fruity aromas of fresh apricot and peach jam, with notes of lemon. The creamy mouthfeel with fruit flavors is perfectly balanced with the natural sweetness ..
Zacharioudakis organic wines have gained a lot of attention since they seem to optimally express Cretan terroir, showing its characteristics in both the white and red vinification. Pure deep purple co..
Bright red with red-terracotta hues. Nose with emphasis on vanilla and cherry. Fruity mouth with presence of forest fruits and typical acidity. Soft, well structured tannins with nice cool aftertaste...
Crimson dark color with violet hues. An interesting bouquet of aromas where notes of coffee, roasted nut, tobacco, ham and ink are distinguished and while they are evolving also ripe forest fruits aro..
Bright yellow-greenish color with intense herbal scents in a lemony background. Round mouth sense with remarkably dense texture and citrus aftertaste. This is a remarkable experimental wine based on t..
One of the very few single varietal dry Liatikos, from upcoming Idaia Winery in Crete. Pale ruby color. Cinnamon and nutmeg on the nose together with red berries' aromas. Oak is well blended in. Full ..
Deep almost black color with purple hues. The formality of the variety is expressed by the detected animal hues. A pallet of black fruits on a background of pepper, chocolate and toffee is then unfold..
Zacharioudakis organic wines have gained a lot of attention since they seem to optimally express Cretan terroir, showing its characteristics in both the white and red vinification. This wine has a str..
Zacharioudakis organic wines have gained a lot of attention since they seem to optimally express Cretan terroir, showing its characteristics in both the white and red vinification.Vivid red color and ..
Pretty intense golden color, "ripe" nose with fruit like apricot, orange, bergamot, lime blossom and jasmine. Pleasant mouthsense, full and round with a nice oily feel, good & crispy acidity and fruit..
Yellowish pale color with a crown of green highlights. Nose lively and fresh, with witty and persistent notes of white fruits and mouth with richness, quite oily and cool, with acidity that gives nerv..
Yellowish with decorating grayish hues. Muscat personality, aromas of "loukoumi" (Greek and Turkish delight), rosemary, rose, jasmine, lemon and quince. Moderate volume mouthsense and pretty good acid..
One of the most interesting Assyrtikos outside Santorini from old vines in Sitia and at an altitude approaching 600 metersSingle vineyard expression. Bush, unirrigated vines of low yields.Fruity as we..
White with gold tones and nose with intriguing aromatic intensity, composed of a variety of scents like white flowers, lemon zest, pineapple, apricot and hints of vanilla and tobacco. Well-structured ..
Υellow bright color, in a wine with ripe aromas of lemon flower and citrus, fine notes of sweet orange, but also traces of melon, apricot and butter. Nice thick mouth with persistent fruit, herbal and..
Liatiko makes a statement for Greek wine, combining ripeness with solid tannic structure and a wonderful aromatic bouquet. Diamantakis winery in Asites of Heraklion produces one of the best wines whic..
A bright goldish-white colour. Complex aromas of citrus flowers and oranges, with a discrete presence of herbs. A naturally elegant wine where the "mountain" character is in harmony with the citrus fr..
An Assyrtiko from Crete and the terroir of Dafnes in 350m altitude, vinified by Nikos Douloufakis. The name Alargo means "afar" and its label shows a Cretan man that looks at his home-island from afar..
The Plyto grape variety was saved from extinction by the Lyrarakis family, when it was planted in the "Psarades" family vineyard in central Crete in the early '90s.Single vineyard wine from the Psarad..