Crete boasts a 4000 years old wine tradition. It is like a wine ark carrying marvellous indigenous varieties as well as foreign ones. Local white varieties include: Vilana, Vidiano, Dafni, Thrapsathiri, Malvazia di Candia, Muscat of Spina, Plyto. Red varieties include: Kotsifali, Mantilari, Liatiko, Tsardana, Romeiko.
Its 4,500 hectares of vineyard produce 46,500 tons of grapes per year, making Crete one of the biggest wine actor of Greece, both in terms of size and production, with 300,000 hectolitres of wine produced every year.
VIDIANO PGI Crete
100% Vidiano aged 2-4 years both in acacia wood and oak. It is cultivated in very limited vineyards located mostly in Rethymno, with few ones close to Heraklion.
VILANA PGI Crete
100% Vilana aged 2-3 years in barrels. It is cultivated in all four prefectures of Crete.
Kotsifali and Mantilari grape varities of protected designation of origin, namely Peza and Archanes. The wine is firstly aged 12 months in barrel, and then 6 years in bottle.
100% Syrah aged 12 months in french oak barrels. It is cultivated in many vineyards around Crete.
And many more: Assyrtiko, Muscat of Spina, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Plyto, Dafni, Thrapsathiri, Liatiko, Malvazia, Chardonnay.
Crete vineyard landscape