Visitors Flock to Cretan Wineries’ Special ‘Open Doors’ Weekend



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This Saturday and Sunday different wineries located all over the Greek island of Crete will open their cellars to wine lovers and visitors in general. According to the Wines of Crete association, there are at least 10 different reasons to take a unique winery tour of Crete. 

Open Doors, Cretan Wineries.
Open Doors, Cretan Wineries (Courtesy of Wines of Crete).

A Cretan winery tour gives locals and tourists the opportunity to travel around the spectacular landscape of the island, discovering a countryside made of local grape varieties as well as ancient olive groves. The tour main’s goal is of course for visitors to try the Cretan wine labels as well as to discuss the 11 indigenous varieties and the vinification process with producers themselves.

Visitors will learn about experimental vinification processes of each winemaker while meeting local producers. This way they will get to know the people behind the labels and their philosophy.

It will be possible to also discover the production area as well as get to know how modern technology can be combined with such a great history of vinification such as found in Crete. People will be encouraged to ask for advice on local wines and also buy the excellent local quality at producers’ prices.

Local winemakers encourage their visitors to also sample the legendary Cretan cuisine while also enjoying a great spring weekend on the island.

Restaurants participating in the Open Cellar event during the weekend can be found in the following list. On these days, it will also be possible to buy a bottle of wine from a winery in Crete and enjoy it with a meal in a restaurant, just by showing the purchase receipt.

Wineries will be open for visits between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. with free entrance.

For more information, please visit the official site of Wines of Crete.

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