- 1.5-hour wine tasting at a cellar in Chania, led by a local wine-expert guide
- Learn all about Cretan grape cultivation from a highly knowledgeable local guide
- Discover little-known facts about Crete’s 4,000-year winemaking heritage
- Sample four different varietals of wine, chosen to match the group’s preferences and interests
- Wash down the wine with traditional light snacks such as smoked meat and cheese
- Small-group experience with a maximum of 14 people ensures personalized attention
What You Can Expect
Before sampling some exciting varietals, learn about Crete’s winemaking heritage and its history. Cultivated for nearly 4,000 years, Cretan wine traces its roots to the inland region of Vathipetro where the first wine press — thought to be roughly 3,500 years old — was found. Nowadays, the island boasts 10 varietals of wine, of which seven are white and three red, with high levels of acidity that complement the islander’s diet of fresh seafood and wild greens.
Learn about popular Cretan varietals such as the aromatic thrapsathiri or the delicately flavored vilana grape, and hear of the sweet moschato spinas with its floral and fruity tones. Based on your group’s answers to the questionnaire, your guide will select four different wines for you to try; these may be local, Greek, international, or even made from a variety of different blends.
Sip on the wine while learning about nearby Cretan vineyards, and savor an assortment of traditional light dishes alongside each glass. The delicacies vary, but typically you can expect fresh bread, rusks and a platter of local cheese and smoked Greek meat.
At the end of your tasting session, purchase some of the wine to take home, if you wish, and then bid your guide goodbye.