Wines of Crete: A Full Day Private Wine Tour in East Crete

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Wines of Crete: A Full Day Private Wine Tour in East Crete

from 70.00

Discover Crete's 'terroir' in one of the most important wine producing areas of Crete.

Visiting Places: Houdetsi village
Duration: Full Day (approx 8.5 hours)

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A fantastic full day tour for those who want to explore the wines of Crete beyond the simple wine tasting tour. Ideal for those staying close to Heraklion, Agios Nikolaos, Elounda and Plaka in Lassithi prefecture. 

Activity Description

Join an exciting walking wine tour in a family vineyard located in one of the most important wine-producing areas of Crete, the area of Peza-Archanes. Your wine tour will start in Houdetsi village where your expert guide will meet you in a dedicated tasting room and will start with an introduction to the wines of Crete.  You will learn about the area's micro-climate and its influence in wine-production of special varieties. You will also discover indigenous Cretan varieties recognise the different stages of growth of the vine. During this tour you will also visit Venetian or Minoan wine presses and you will get involved in the cultivation of a traditional Cretan vineyard. This wine tour will end back in the tasting room where you will have the chance to taste Cretan wines accompanied with local artisanal cheese and traditional rusk (paximadi).  

Special Features

  • Introduction to the wines of Crete and local 'terroir'
  • Visit to Venetian/Minoan wine presses
  • Picnic in nature
  • Wine-tasting

Activity Snapshot

Dates | Start Time: Private tour upon request | 9am or as agreed upon request. 

Duration: Full day (8.5 hours approx.) 

Meeting Point: Houdetsi village (Request transfer to/from Houdetsi village here).

Group Size: Up to 12 participants. 

Pace: Easy

Spoken Language: English, French translator to other language upon request

Included: English-speaking wine expert guide, all tastings and snacks as described, picnic in nature, personal manual summing up this experience.

Excluded: Transfers to/from Houdetsi village, translator (where required), any entrance fees to museums/archaeological sites, everything else not mentioned as included, any food and beverages other than the tastings during the tour.

Note: Children under 6 years: free of charge; children 6-12 years: 30% discount; families of 4 with children over 12 years old: 10% discount; groups over 6 adults 10% discount. Get your discount code here. Tours should be booked at least 3 days in advance. Transfers upon arrangement at €45/hour.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation up to 15 days prior to activity date: 20% refundable; cancellation 15 days or less prior to activity, latecomers and no shows: no refund. 

Additional Info

  • Confirmation to be received as soon as possible (within 24 hours from booking)  
  • You can present either a print out or an electronic booking confirmation for this activity
  • Complete information on Vendor, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be sent with your Booking Confirmation. The TravelPorter hand-picks the most remarkable, experienced and reliable vetted professionals for a pleasant experience from booking to completion. 

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