Walk through the vineyards of Chania
When it comes to wine, the Cretans surely know their grapes. What better way to spend a lazy Cretan summer afternoon walking in vineyards and sampling the wines of some of the best local and international wineries right here in Chania. Below are our top picks for the avid wine goers.
The Manousakis Winery has been producing its own 100% organic wine under the brand name Nostos since 1997. The winery is situated just a 15 minute drive from the city of Chania in the village of Vatolakkos. This serene, traditional village setting is a perfect backdrop to try their award-winning wines. Over the years Manousakis Winery has been holding tours and tastings for travelers coming from all over the world.
Continuing their family’s legacy for 80 years the Karavitakis Winery has created a boutique winery in Pontikiana Village in Chania, Crete. Their estate consists of 150 acres of vineyards both private and contracted housing a wide variety of local and international grapes. The winery features 2 wine tasting areas and a small church nestled between beautiful vineyards and olive groves on the hilltops of Kolimbari area, just 30 minutes out of Chania.
Enjoy a wonderful drive through Chania to Dourakis Winery, a must do excursion for the avid wine taster! The Dourakis family tradition is characterized by knowledge and experience with skills in winemaking for over 20 years & exports to international markets. Their history begins in 1986, when the vine grower/wine producer Andreas Dourakis returned from Thessaloniki to a place he calls home: a mountainous village near Krapi of Sfakia on the uniquely beautiful island of Crete, Alikambos. The area has one of the lowest rainfalls in Greece, thus making the soil rich in active materials ideal for the cultivation of the vineyards. Meet the family, visit the cellars, enjoy the wines & a light lunch prepared on the premises.
Pnevmatikakis Winery is an exclusively family matter/affair. The great grandfather of the family founded the first wine production unit of the family, in the village Potamida Kisamos, from which the family originates. Pnevmatikakis winery emphasizes on the cultivation and promotion of the local varieties in an area of 30 acres. Enjoy truly local wine and spectacular views upon your visit.