Explore The Cretan Wines And Cheese-Making Process - Crete, Greece

Olive Oil
Local Food
Food Pairing, Meet The Maker, Tour
Meal, Pick up, Tour guide
Minimum Drinking Age
/ Person
Ioannis F
Activity Overview
Wine tour to a gorgeous family Winery & the traditional-historical museum of Apokoronas… Taste the famous Cretan cheese and enjoy a meal like the locals do!

Tour Highlights
  • Wine tasting in Cretan and international varieties
  • Visit the traditional old cellar
  • Details about winemaking tradition in Crete and the art of food pairing
  • Explore the cellar of the winery inside an old cave near the heart of the mountain
  • Walk through the winery’s herbal garden and the art gallery
  • Learn about local viticulture, grapes, and vine-growing
  • Learn how to properly taste wine and sample organic varietals paired with locally produced meats or cheeses
  • Discover the Cretan tradition and admire the unique museum exhibits
  • Visit the cheese factory and discover the secrets of cheese-making posses
  • Taste the local cheese like “Graviera” or “Mizithra”
  • Chauffeured private tour ensures a more relaxing and personal experience
  • Delicious gastronomy experiences and traditional Cretan lunch
Remarkable things will occur in Apokoronas area. A day filled with gastronomy, history, and wine. Initially, we will visit a charming rural community, which has the traditional- historical Apokoronas museum, with seven rooms of Cretan olden times and explanations about the lifestyle in the ancient times. Here we can find out how the people used to exist, admire the typical Cretan house and old daily tools that they used. We will also learn about the aged and inconceivable knitting skill of “Kopaneli”!

Some few kilometers from here, we will have a cup Cretan tea “malotira” and of coffee at a historical area of the Cretan revolt, where a beautiful river crosses the square and divides the village. While seated right next to the clear water of the river we will experience the peaceful plateau scenery of the tall trees.

Afterward, we drive up to the White Mountains foothills, feeling the surroundings altering as we go to the neighborhood winery. Here we will meet up the experts of the prized “Romeiko.” Its manufacture executed remarkably and its aroma is just awesome. Also, we will savor other wine assortments such as “Vidiano,” “Malvazia,” “Kotsifali” and “Vilana.” The winery has an excellent sight of the White Mountains and an exciting art gallery. Here, we can see an antique treadle, which is half-century old, and walk in the herbs garden and the museum of conventional Cretan displays. Going underground, feeling the White Mountains heartbeat, we will tour the cellar which is the cave where relentless rocks wrap the cylinder bottles.

The subsequent stopover is at Emprosneros, the Cretan revolution cradle against the Ottomans. We will see the ruins of the Alidakis tower and tour the area cheese factory to taste the local cheese types such as ”Gravier,” “Mizithra” and “Anthotiros” we will be shown the cheese-making procedure. Obviously, we will mix our cheese tasting with “rakomelo,” “raki” and Cretan Rusk! You will certainly be hungry by now; thus the next stop will be a neighborhood “kafeneio” in Fres village to eat a traditional Cretan luncheon.
Practical information
Children 2-6 years old: Free

Terms & conditions:
Wine tasting is not allowed for children under 18 years old. Water or fresh orange juice will be offered instead.
The company reserves the right to make minor changes in the program when this is considered necessary, for example in case of unfavorable weather conditions. This can be done without prior notice.
Reservations must be made 24 hours before the tour. A cancellation must be done 7 days before the tour.
If a tour is cancelled due to few participants or bad weather conditions, Tasting Escapes will refund 100% of of the deposits paid.
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • English speaking, local driver/guide and wine specialists
  • Museum entrance fee
  • Wine and food tasting
  • Cheese tasting
  • Liability insurance and local taxes
  • Certified services with ISO:9001
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Cretan traditional lunch
  • Small-group tour
Not Included
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Additional food and drinks
Up to 14 people
Pricing Info
Children 7-12 years old
Start Time
Weekly on Thursday, Saturday9:15 AM
6 H
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Cancellation Policy
  • Cancellations made 7 days before will be fully refunded.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
2 reviews   0 comments
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(5.0 of 5)
We took a wine tour with Yiannis. He was very friendly and knowledgeable guide! We tasted very nice wine varieties and we had a tasty lunch! We definitely recommend their tours and activities! ! See you next summer guys! !
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I was in Chania with my family in September 2016 and I looked for things to do. We had an amazing experience in Apokoronas region, we saw the original knitting ''kopaneli'' in Gavalochori and we tasted magnificent Cretan wine varieties!! The lunch was amazing also in Emprisneros village and the people there extremely friendly! The fact is that we had already visited Apokoronas but this was a unique ... more experience!! Our tour guide Yiannis was very knowledgable and friendly! He has huge passion for his job and that made us feel better!! We definitely recommend it and we will join them again on our next trip!!
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