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 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 is divided in four prefectures of Heraklion, Rethymno, Chania and Lassithi. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, the area under vines cultivated in Crete is about 25,000 acres, representing 15% of the national vineyard.
Most vineyards are located in Heraklion and in Dafnes there is a significant part.