INTO THE CRETAN VINEYARD | Heraklion Wine Roads Taste the Cretan terroir and its wines with an experienced oenologist

A trip through Dionysus' 'juices' (musts), in the most famous wine-area of Crete, guided by an oenologist. The trip includes a nice picnic in nature, as well as a visit in the unknown ancient open-air wine presses in the surrounding area.


How many secrets are actually hidden in the grape and in the cultivation of the vine?

A glass of wine includes the aroma of the florescence of the vine and the herbs which grow on its borders, the taste of the ripe grape that the picker tastes before throwing it in the bucket, the sound of the viticulturer’s steps and the pickers’ laughs, the touch on the shoots which is either soft or violent, the sight which is lost in the extended green (canopy) and calms the spirit.

The wine is a result of senses but is as well enjoyed with them. Each of the senses has its own role; the sight corresponds to the colour, the smell to the aromas, the taste to the flavours, the touch to the mouth feel, but what about the hearing?

In the ‘secret aromas of wine’, the term of ‘terroir’ is hidden, which corresponds to the soil, climate, cultivation and personality factors, that make a wine unique, means with identity.

The indigenous Cretan grape varieties are well incorporated, since centuries, in the natural environment of the island and express the richness (in flavours) of the land which had nourished them.

Those are the elements to be discovered by the travellers of PETASSOS, at this eight-hour trip, in the heart of the vinicultural area of Heraklion.



  • Initiation in the theme in a tasting room.
  • Visiting our oenologist's vineyard getting involved in the seasonal field-works. There's also a possibility to trek for 1h30 -go and return- to visit the ancient wine-presses, passing from olive groves and beautiful rural landscapes.
  • Return to the tasting room where a tasting of Cretan wines accompanied with paximadi and cheese will be provided.


The price includes:

  • Experienced oenologist
  • Thematic booklet
  • Wine tasting of 5 local high-quality wines in a special wine tasting room
  • Local delicacies to accompany the wine tasting
  • Picnic in nature
  • Water (1 lt)
  • Third Party Liability
  • Taxes


The price does not include:

  • Transport from/to your accommodation (upon request)
  • Beverages and drinks
  • Personal expenses & tips
  • Anything not mentioned above


* This trip is a private excursion
* Not appropriate for children
* Necessary personal equipment: Sunscreen oil, Hat, Sunglasses│Walking shoes│Small rucksack with your personal items.
* (!) Please inform us of any dietary needs/particularities you might have (allergies, intolerances) or other health issues we have to take into consideration.
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Duration: Up to 7 hours
Dates: All year round
Note: With at least 3 days’ notice.
Location: Wine routes of Heraklion
Difficulty: None
Languages: English, French
Note: For other languages, it is possible to have an interpreter, with a supplement.
Cost: Upon request




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