GREEK WINES

 

Crete, the largest island of Greece

 

Crete  is the largest of the Greek islands at 8,336 km² and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean sea after Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica and Cyprus.

Crete was the centre of Europe's most ancient civilization, the Minoan.

Crete straddles two climatic zones, the Mediterranean and the North African, mainly falling within the former. As such, the climate in Crete is primarily temperate. The atmosphere can be quite humid, depending on the proximity to the sea. The winter is fairly mild. Snowfall is common on the mountains between November and May, but rare at the low lying areas.

The island of Crete
The island of Crete is divided  in four  prefectures and these are Heraklion, Rethymno, Chania and Lassithi. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, the cultivated vine area in Crete is about 25,000 acres, representing 15% of the national vineyards.
Most vineyards are located in Heraklion while in Dafnes lies a significant part of them.

 



Grape variety Syrah in Crete, Greece

There is an increasing interest of growers and winemakers  for  this variety  in recent years.

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Vinification

Vinification or winemaking  is  the process  that leads from grape to wine.

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Cretan grape variety Liatiko

Cretan variety grown especially in Heraklion and Lassithi and is used in  the production of wines  “Dafnes PDO” and “Sitia PDO” wines.

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