Welcome to Iraklio Wine Country
Winemaking in the Iraklio Wine Country dates back to Minoan times, some 4000 years ago, as evidenced by the oldest stomping vat in the world, found at the ruins of Vathypetro. Unfortunately, today's vineyards are a lot younger, as a mighty bout of phylloxera in the 1970s nearly wiped out everything. But Cretan wine rebounded and today about 70% of the wine produced on the island comes from this region. Almost two dozen wineries are embedded in a harmonious landscape of round-shouldered hills, sunbaked slopes and lush valleys. Winemakers cultivate many indigenous, nearly extinct Cretan grape varietals – be sure to introduce your nose and taste buds to Kotsifali, Mandilari, Malvasia and Liatiko, among others – while many estates offer tours, wine museums and wine tastings.