Cretan wines of the finest quality
The 20 hectares, privately owned, joint organic vineyard has been planted in a unique way, on small and large low stone walls on the steep slopes completely circling the hill, “Orthi Petra”. Because of the scenery the vineyard is ranked as the most beautiful in Crete and one of the most beautiful in Europe.
The rocky, calciferous and sloping grounds combined with the altitude, the moderate weather conditions of Crete as well as the organic cultivation are the factors that create the conditions which result in our high quality organically cultivated grapes.
The varieties which are organically cultivated are the red Kotsifali, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, besides the white varieties are Vilana, Vidiano, Malvasia di Candia, Malvasia di Candia Aromatica and Sauvignon Blanc.
West of the vineyard is where the winery is located. Designed with state-of-the-art technology, this 2000 m² winery is “a work of art in the modern wine industry”. The winery consists of 3 levels which begin at the top, following the sequence of wine production, namely the grape gathering level, the wine production level and the cellar where the maturing is achieved in oak barrels.
The gathering of white varieties is done at the highest level of the winery. With the help of gravity, the grape-pulp is driven down to the pressing tank, which is located directly beneath the gathering area. Once again, gravity drives the now must to the level beneath the pressing tank where stainless steel tanks are situated in which yeast extraction is completed. This way, the hassle of pumping the must is avoided. The red grapes are also passed down to the wine makers from the highest level of the winery without the aid of pumps. The tanks and wine makers have an automatic freezing system.
Specific quantities of wine, which possess certain quality features, are placed in oak barrels in an underground maturing and aging area. That is located in the area where selected wines from organically cultivated harvests are stored in bottles for many years. The wines are bottled in a state-of-the-art bottling machine in the Domaine, in accordance with the regulations of the international systems “ISO 22000” of the international Lloyd’s company (London) and DIO, which guarantee the high quality of the final product.