• Duration: 8 hours
  • Easy
  • eTicket

  • Pick up available
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Description

The wine-making tradition in Crete has very deep roots! From the ancient Minoans till the modern times vine-harvest is a big and unique celebration. This tour is designed and written from the hosts’ childhood memories. You will take part in the wine-making process in the traditional old-fashioned way! The miracle of wine-making with its secrets will be revealed and you will be part of it!

Starting from the family vineyard you will harvest the local varieties of grapes like “Romeiko”, “Vidiano”, “Vilana”, “Kotsifali” and “Mantilari”. It is a unique procedure and a great celebration because locals are singing and dancing traditional Cretan songs. These voices and songs are echoing. The White Mountains are hearing. It is so hard to describe these feelings. You will only understand if you experience it!

Afterwards, you will visit the family “Home”. It is a traditional Cretan house, built at the beginning of the 19th century and fully restored. It will make you feel the Cretan hospitality and share with you many things about the Cretan traditions. Secret rooms will present to you Crete through the centuries. 

The old cellar is waiting for newly produced wine, so the procedure begins. The treadle is ready and altogether is stepping on the grapes with our feet. The first juice of the grapes appears and we continue smashing them. After a long smashing procedure, the grapes have to stay with the juice. All they want is a rose or mid red colour.

Now the feast begins! You will have a traditional Cretan dinner enjoying the local delicacies with a lot of wine! It was a hard-working day but the dinner will make up for it! 

Please note: This tour includes pick up and drop off service. You can select your hotel from the list or select the "I'll type the address (next step)" message and write the name and address of your hotel in the relevant field during the booking process. Please make sure to check out the "Important information" section for further information about pick up places and times.

Itinerary

Vine-harvest in our family vineyard

Take part in wine-making process

Hear stories and origins behind the wine-making tradition

Secret rooms will present Crete through the ages

Wine tasting combined with cheese platters of different Cretan varieties

Taste freshly made dinner along with good Cretan wine

Enjoy the fantastic view of Aegean Sea and the mountain around

A nice surprise at the end

What's included

  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • English speaking, local driver/ escort/host
  • Local Cook
  • Wine and food tasting (if you have any special requirements, e.g. you are vegan/vegetarian or you have certain allergies/intolerances, please inform us in the booking process)
  • Transport by luxury air-conditioned minivan
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Participation in the winemaking process
  • Commemorative gifts

What's excluded

  • Gratuities (optional).

What do I need to bring

  • Comfortable shoes.
  • Appropriate clothing according to weather conditions.
  • Money for personal expenses.
  • Anything that might be useful to you.

Important information

  • Our fleet will be fully cleaned and sanitized after each transfer and trip.
  • Mandatory use of masks and gloves for drivers and escorts during transfers and tours.
  • Hand sanitizers antiseptic will be provided during clients’ embarkation.
  • Clients are obliged to use masks during their stay on the bus. (Masks & gloves will be provided by the company).
  • The company is going to use only the 65%of capacity of each mean of transport (for buses more than 9 seats).
  • Wine tasting is not allowed for children under 18 years old. Water or fresh orange juice will be offered instead.
  • From March to May and September, October we advise having a jacket with you.
  • Important Note: This tour includes hotel pick up – drop off service for accessible by cars hotels only (many streets of the old town and the harbour of Chania have limited vehicle access) in the region of Chania. Clients that are staying in the old town and the Venetian harbour have to meet us in the suitable meeting points (3-5 minutes average walking distance from most of the hotels). The meeting times scheduled according to the hotels’ locations. The pick-up will be from the clients’ hotel (if accessible) on this specific time.
  • Please note: If you want to be picked up from Kalamaki, Stalos, Agia Marina, Platanias, Maleme, Tavronitis you will have to select the "I'll type the address (next step)" message and inform us about your hotel name and address.
  • If you have any questions about the pick up points and times, please do not hesitate to contact us!
  • Pick up Times per area:
  • 08:40 am Hotels of Kalamaki, Stalos, Agia Marina, Platanias, Maleme, Tavronitis.
  • 09:00 am Xenios Dias and Golden Beach central parking (For hotels around the Golden Beach and Agioi Apostoloi).
  • 09:15 am Sunny Rent Car (For hotels in Nea Chora).
  • 09:25 am Talos Square – Hand fountain (For hotels around West old town and harbour, East Nea Chora).
  • 09:35 am GS Tours offices (For hotels around East and Central old town/harbour, Chania city centre).
  • 09:40 am Kriti hotel (For hotels around Koum Kapi neighbourhood, East old town and Chania city centre).
  • 10:00 am Kalives (For hotels in Kalives area).

Cancellation policy

  • Cancellation fee of 0% if cancelled

Categories

  • CULINARY
  • NATURE

Guided Language

  • English

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