Wine Vacations In CreteA memorable walk for wine lovers
‘’…What’s this red water, boss-tell me! An old log those stems, some sure little thing hang out, and as time passes, the sun burns them, they become sweet as honey and then we call them grapes. We step on them, get their juice, put in barrels, it ferments on its own, we open it on St George’s the inebriated in October, and there it comes wine! What kind of a miracle is that? You drink this red juice, and your soul gets bigger, your skin doesn’t hold it any longer, it challenges God to fight. What’s this, boss, tell me…’’
Nikos Kazantzakis, “Zorbas the Greek”
Travelling deep down the centuries we submerge in the fertile soils of Cretan land. Where the roots of ancient vineyards embrace the soil witch supported and raised civilizations of unforgotten eras. Their fruits, their essences have created the name of a powerful product. The Cretan Wine. In the Minoan era it was stored in clay jars and ended up in lavish feasts of noblemen and kings. Then, wine used to poured into the barrels at the cellars of the Venetians and the Ottomans. The roots of the winemakers of Crete are as deep as those of their vines as they have been producing authentic Cretan varieties (Romeiko, Vidiano, Kotsifali, Pluto, Mantilari, Vilana, Dafni, Liatiko, Muscat of Spina and others) for centuries, having nothing to covet those of central Europe and the rest of the world.
Today with respect to its great history it is safeguarded as a consignment from our ancestors who disseminated winemaking with love and plod to the next generations, it thrives and is offered as the Nectar of the Olympian Gods. Cretan Land also offers products both virgin and pure. One should mention the Cretan olive oil, the stable of Mediterranean diet. For centuries it has played a key role in Cretan’s diet as it has been cultivated since 3000 B.C. The honey, the traditional Cretan cheeses, the pure vegetables and fruits, the rusks, the greens and aromatic herbs are some of the goods that have raised Cretan people.
Through the packages of wine vacations you will get to know and taste varieties of Cretan wine which will fill your palate with an unforgettable taste and highlight the best memories from our beautiful island. Discover the hidden treasures of Cretan inland, taste authentic Cretan products, meet the locals in traditional villages, accept their hospitality and warm embraced hearts, taste the culinary habits, and enjoy an authentic way of life.