Vine Harvest Day Trip In Crete, Greece

Tasting
Wine, Local Food
Activity
Meet The Maker, Make Your Own
Included
Meal, Pick up, Tour guide
Languages
English, Greek
Theme
Outdoor, Countryside, Cultural
Minimum Drinking Age
18
$
119
22
/ Person
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Activity Overview
One day of hard work will reveal you all the secrets of wine-making tradition in Crete…

Tour Highlights
  • Vine-harvest in our family vineyard
  • Take part in the wine-making process
  • Hear stories and origins behind the wine-making tradition
  • Make wine in a traditional family cottage-house
  • Explore the theme rooms of the house and 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 the Aegean Sea and the mountain around
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 in front of your eyes!

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 cottage-house. It is a traditional Cretan house, built in the beginning of 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 you, Crete, through the centuries. The old cellar is waiting for new produced wine, so the procedure begins. The treadle is ready and all together 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 color.


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!

Pick up points:

·         08:40 – Hotels of Kalamaki, Stalos, Agia Marina, Platanias, Maleme, Tavronitis 

·         09:00 – Xenios Dias and Golden Beach central parking (for hotels around the Golden beach and Agioi Apostoloi)

·         09:15 – Sunny Rent  Car (For hotels in Nea Chora)

·         09:25 – Talos Square – Hand fountain (For hotels around: West old town and harbor, East Nea Chora)

·         09:35 – GS Tours offices (For hotels around: East and Central old town/harbor, Chania city center)

·         09:40 – Kriti hotel (For hotels around: Koum Kapi neighborhood, East old town and Chania city center)

·         10:00 – Kalives  (For hotels in Kalives area)
 
Practical information
Don't forget:

Comfortable clothing and shoes
One more t-shirt and treasures
Good socks

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 5 days before the tour for 50% refund. In case of later cancellations, no refund will be made from the company.
If a tour is cancelled due to low participation or bad weather conditions, the company will refund 100% of made payments
In case of allergies, tolerances or food preferences please inform the company in advance.
From March to May and September, October we advise the clients to have a jacket with them
 
Included
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • English speaking, local driver/guide
  • Wine and food tasting
  • Liability insurance and local taxes.
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Small-group tour
  • Vine-harvest
  • Winemaking process
Not Included
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Additional food and drinks
Group-size:
Up to 18 people
Rates
Per
Price
Pricing Info
Person
$
119
22
Older than 12 Years
Children
Per
Price
Pricing Info
Child
$
119
22
5- 12 Years old
Timing
Dates
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Duration
8 H
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Cancellation Policy
Strict
  • Cancellations made 7 days before will be fully refunded.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
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1,278
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/ Person
Chania, Greece
Duration:
8 Days
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Crete is known for a lot of wonderful things, but it is primarily known as a world-class leader of hospitality and products such as honey, olive oil and herbs. This fertile land of Crete has made Aegean Flavours offer an itinerary based on a nutritionist's dream diet. If you want to feel your stress melt away, this is for you. 

Day 1 Monday – Arrival Day Welcome to Crete
Pick up at arrival time at Chania international airport or port and transfer to the cottage in the heartland of Crete in Vamos, near Geourgioupolis. Enjoy welcome drinks followed with some free time to settle in.
Tonight’s dinner will feature contemporary Cretan cuisine and will be served by your hosts at a Vamos tavern.
Overnight

Day 2 Tuesday – Learn how to cook
Spend the first part of the day strolling round Vamos before heading out into the gorgeous countryside after lunch to participate in a cookery course in an old Olive Mill. Our top chef Koula will take you through some local dishes, frequently replenishing your glass with wine. Then, enjoy what you have cooked in the shade of the olive trees.
Dinner (included)

Day 3 Wednesday – Making authentic Greek bread and cheese.
Head to a family owned dairy farm where you will learn the art of cheese making before heading on to a bread making course where you will create genuine Greek loaves in a kazani fireplace. Bread and cheese are a match made in heaven! S
Lunch on your own
Free afternoon for personal activities (suggestions : you can go and relax to the beach in Kalives or trip to the beautifull town of Rethymno)
Dinner (included)

Day 4 Thursday – Tasting olive oil and wine
We start at 10 in the morning, after breakfast, from the local Olive Oil pressing factory where the specialist will demonstrate the olive oil producing process. The taste of pure local oil is followedby the explanation of secrets of Cretan virgin olive oil. 
We continue on to a Winery: You will share the passion for Cretan wine & you will discover all the winery. Tour is followed by a wine tasting, sampling quality Cretan wines (served with some traditional meze), while the hosts will answer all of your questions.
Lunch on your own
In the afternoon, another delicious moment will start with your second Cretan cooking class waiting for you. You will have for dinner the dishes you prepared with your chef.
Overnight

Day 5 Friday – Chania food and walking tour
Walk through the picturesque Chania town, soaking up the historic atmosphere, and punctuate your stroll with some amazing local dishes. This food tour combines a walking tour through some of the most picturesque parts of Chania while stopping to taste authentic traditional foods at shops along the way! You will enjoy a unique blending of local food culture, tradition and history as you explore Chania with all your senses! After this, free time in the town where you can take the opportunity to do quality shopping or to have lunch in a great tavern in the port or in the narrows streets.
Lunch on your own
You will be back at your accommodation in the afternoon.
Dinner included

Day 6-Saturday – Free Day
Free day for your activities. There is an optional walking guided tour you can do in the morning. It is a walk in the mountain meeting history and nature. We can suggest and organise different wonderful options upon your request; for instance excursion in the south of Crete in the Lybian Sea, or to Samaria Gorges or to Knossos Palace in Heraklion.
Lunch on your own
Dinner included

Day 7 Sunday – Final Cooking Class
Free morning for personal activities ( suggestion : Kournas Lake NEAR Georgiopoulis)
In the afternoon, last cooking class. You will have the pleasure for the last time to see our legendary chef at the Old Olive Mill and enjoy cooking with her. After the class a tremendous goodbye dinner will be offered.
Dinner (included)

Day 8 Monday – Departure
After taking a delicious breakfast at the cottage, we will provide you with a transfer to either the port or the airport to complete your onward journey.
$
91
04
/ Person
Chania, Greece
Duration:
6 H
 (2)
Wine tour to a gorgeous family winery and vineyard… Taste the famous Cretan cheese and enjoy a meal like the locals do! Tour Highlights... more

· Discover the secrets of the local grapes inside a vineyard

· Experience wines of Greece in a traditional house introduced by a wine specialist

· Visit the family cheese factory and discover the cheese-making posses

· Taste the local cheese, like “Graviera” or “Mizithra”

· Explore a local family winery and tour around the facilities of the place

· Wine tasting in Cretan and international varieties

· Visit the traditional old cellar inside the cave

· Details about winemaking tradition in Crete and the art of food pairing

· Learn about local viticulture, grapes, and vine-growing

· Small-group tour ensures a more relaxing and personal experience

· Delicious gastronomy experiences and traditional Cretan lunch in a village

Description

Driving up to the foothills of the White Mountains, you’ll feel the environment changing while you are heading to the first destination. Inside a family vineyard, wine specialist will introduce the local grape varieties. Analyzing the wine making tradition you’ll get a lot of useful information. You will continue with wine tasting of Greek labels in a traditional village house. By discovering rear ancient grape varieties and the modern type of Greek wines you will definitely feel flawless.

The next stop will be in a traditional Cretan village, situated in the altitude of 300m. There you will experience a local family cheese factory. After the tour of the factory you will taste the cheese varieties like ”Graviera”, “Anthotiros” or “Mizithra” and you will be in touch with the cheese-making process. There will be a combination of cheese tasting with Cretan dry-bread and “raki - tsikoudia” that you’ll love.

A few minutes from the village is the local winery. There you will meet the specialists of the awarded “Romeiko” variety. You will taste wine varieties like “Vidiano”, “Vilana”, “Malvazia” and “Kotsifali”. The winery provides a great view of the White Mountains and an impressive art gallery. There, you can see an ancient treadle, which is aged 500 years old, and walk around the herbal garden and the museum of traditional Cretan exhibits. Moving underground, feeling the heartbeat of the White Mountains, you will visit the cellar which is inside the cave where steadfast rocks cover the cylinder bottles. Tasting is following and with a satisfied palate, we are off to the final stop for lunch. In the charming square of a traditional Cretan village you will experience the local cuisine. Full of incredible tastes the tour is coming to its end leaving us the best memories.

Pick up points:

· 08:40 – Hotels of Kalamaki, Stalos, Agia Marina, Platanias, Maleme, Tavronitis

· 09:00 – Xenios Dias and Golden Beach central parking (for hotels around the Golden beach and Agioi Apostoloi)

· 09:15 – Sunny Rent Car (For hotels in Nea Chora)

· 09:25 – Talos Square – Hand fountain (For hotels around: West old town and harbor, East Nea Chora)

· 09:35 – GS Tours offices (For hotels around: East and Central old town/harbor, Chania city center)

· 09:40 – Kriti hotel (For hotels around: Koum Kapi neighborhood, East old town and Chania city center)

· 10:00 – Kalives (For hotels in Kalives area)
$
91
04
/ Person
Chania, Greece
Duration:
6 H
 (2)
Wine tour to family wineries, olive oil factory and magnificent places to admire the nature’s miracle... Tour Highlights · Visit a traditional olive mill and learn about ... morethe olive oil-making process

· Taste the famous Cretan extra virgin olive oil

· Visit the oldest olive tree in the world and the museum

· Explore two family wineries of the region

· Tour around the facilities of the wineries

· Taste exceptional varieties of Cretan and international wines

· Learn about local viticulture, grapes, and vine-growing

· Delicious gastronomy experiences

· Small-group tour ensures a more relaxing and personal experience

· Discover the culture, traditions, history and mythology of Crete

Description

Today you will travel through wonderful nature’s landscapes. Up to the mountains of the Northwest province of Chania, you will visit traditional family wineries and an olive mill.

The tour starts from the olive mill and factory. A local family business that extracts the olive oil in the traditional way. The heavy stone mills are crushing the olives and through the press the extra virgin olive oil is produced. There are always analytic descriptions and tour of the facilities but live extraction process during the harvesting months (Autumn). Olive oil tasting is following and an incredible taste will fill your palate. After that, you will have the chance to admire the oldest olive tree in the world, which age is estimated at 3000 years old and the olive museum. The miracle of nature stands proud in front of you and its deep roots are holding it through the centuries.

The day continues with wine. You will taste different expressions of Cretan and international varieties paired with delicious local dishes. Visit first a local family winery, in a beautiful environment, surrounded by olive trees and citrus fruits. Wine specialists will analyze the harvesting process and the wine-making traditions through the tour around the place. Tasting is following and experiences of different local varieties. The second winery we are visiting was established in 1993. Wine-makers with specialized knowledge and fresh ideas of modern processes of farming and wine production will introduce you different labels of wines. Traditional Cretan lunch in the winery paired with wine will make you fall in love with this special place. Diving deep into nature’s miracle, tasting awarded labels of wine and experience the local Terroir will offer you unforgettable experiences and beautiful memories from your trip.

Pick up points:

· 08:20 – Kriti hotel (For hotels around: Koum Kapi neighborhood, East old town and Chania city center)

· 08:30 – GS Tours offices (For hotels around: East and Central old town/harbor, Chania city center)

· 08:40 – Talos Square – Hand fountain (For hotels around: West old town and harbor, East Nea Chora)

· 08:45 – Sunny Rent Car (For hotels in Nea Chora)

· 09:00 – Xenios Dias and Golden Beach central parking (for hotels around the Golden beach and Agioi Apostoloi)

· 09:20 – of Kalamaki, Stalos, Agia Marina, Platanias, Maleme, Tavronitis