Romeiko, the sole red grape native to western Crete, is experiencing a renaissance. One of the oldest grape varietals of the world, yet it is not well-known. Romeiko was dismissed as a village wine. At its best, homemade Romeiko became Marouvas, a rustic sherry-like st...

April 17, 2019

For the first time, a Cretan winery will be presented and judged at CONCOURS AMPHORE, the oldest and largest International Competition for organic and converting wines, including natural and biodynamic ones, in Paris. Created by French wine expert, Pierre Guigui, the e...

October 11, 2018

Vidiano is considered by Cretan winemakers and sommeliers alike, the sweetheart grape of Crete. This white grape originates from the Amari province in the mountains of Rethymno. Once used to make the famous Malvasia wines under the Venetian occupation in the 13th centu...

February 23, 2018

If you're driving to Elafonissi and go through the village of Potamida, you may look to your left and see what was surely made by ancient aliens. There is really no other explanation for these totally bizarre, oddly shaped, mountain-like clay formations. 

There is nothi...

January 19, 2018

Crete has about 40 gorges. One of the closest ones to Chania is 37 kilometers away. Depending on which side you enter from, the village has claimed it as their own. Entering from Deliana you’ll see signs for Deliana Gorge, and likewise, entering from Mesavlia, you’ll s...

January 16, 2018

Anoskeli Olive Oil Mill and Winery is located 30 kilometers south west of Chania in the village it is named after. For years it was the cooperative olive oil mill for the area before it was privately bought and operated by the Mamidakis family in the 1980s. Although it...

January 9, 2018

On a visit to Crete there is one thing that is impossible to miss: olive trees. Olive oil is vital to the local economy as well as the backbone of the Mediterranean diet.  The average Cretan consumes over 30 liters of olive oil annually.  But we are not the only ones c...

January 5, 2018

If you have trip to Belgium planned with a buddy of yours and he cancels last minute, don’t fret, still go and you may just meet the love of your life. That is the love story behind the newest microbrewery in Chania, Lafkas Brewery. Husband and wife team Michalis and A...

December 8, 2017

Happy Holidays! If you are like me, searching for that perfect gift (one that the individual will both use and love) is a little stressful. Have a wine lover on your list?  I’m here to help! I’ve compiled a list of gifts that the wine lover in your life really wants

November 15, 2017

This Thanksgiving we have a lot to be grateful for. It is our fifth Thanksgiving living in Crete which means- we’re still here! This year we are especially grateful for the love and support we’ve received on our new baby; our business, Chania Wine Tours. We are happy t...

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