While on our holiday in the island of Crete, we were determined to seek out a winery that has a proper wine tasting and tour in Crete. Indeed, after doing some research, we made an unanimous decision to visit the Winery Stilianou.
The Location of The Winery Stilianou
This gem of a winery, is up the hills of Crete where the majority of the vineyards are found. It is located a few kilometers in the south of Knossos, in the village of Kounavi.
The Organic Wines
The main reason why we decided to visit the Winery Stilianou, is because the stilianou wines are organic wines.
In fact, the cultivation of this vineyard is carried out according to organic standards and also from employing traditional Crete’s techniques.
Certainly, these techniques used by Stilianou’s family to cultivate the vineyards and olive trees, are environmental friendly. As a result, the wines are pure, natural, elegant, and organic.
The Road Trip To The Winery Stilianou
This is a road trip on the mountainious region of Crete. It includes driving on the narrow roads of Crete, and through many Greek villages, while at the same time enjoying scenic views of this Greek island; the Island of Crete.
The front yard of Winery Stilianou has the most spectacular view across the Cretan hills. They are adorned with the vines and olive trees.
The Guided Tour of the Winery’s Production Facility
The wine hosts (the 4th generation owner and his son) took us on a memorable journey through reds, whites, and rosés.
The visitors are able to expand their palate with organic wine experience tour and tasting. This includes going behind the scenes on a guided tour of Winery Stilianou production facility.
The presentation of their production and their techniques of wine and olive oil making process, is in great details both in Greek and English languages.
During the tour, the visitors are able to learn the wine making process, see the cellars and also ask questions.
The Wine Tasting At The Winery Stilianou
After the tour, the last step is the sampling of all the wines and oils produced by the Stilianou’s family.
This is a complimentary tasting in an indoor wine bar. It is a distinctive experience at the Crete’s most visited winery.
In fact, at the end of the wine tasting experience, it is easy to make selections from the organic vintages.
The Wine Bar
In the facility, there is a beautifully designed wine bar, where you can enjoy the organic wines by the glass along with delectable cheeses, and locally made truffles.
Shop For Your Favorite Stilianou Wines
At the end of the tour, you can shop for your favorites and take home a taste of organic wines of Crete.
In addition, they ensure that the wines and the olive oils are packaged properly for traveling through the airports.
Without a doubt, if you’re visiting the island of Crete, one of the must do’s is definitely a wine tour.
“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.”
― Ernest Hemingway
- The premises are clean, well maintained and organized
- Don’t feel pressured to buy a bottle of wine but at least show some interest
- Not accessible by means of public transport
- The wines are organic and superb
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