Women's Wine Week
Swirl and taste your way through Chania on this wine and food immersion with
Certified Sommelier, Anna Maria Kambourakis, as your host.
Hi, I'm Anna Maria.
Chania is a special place. To me, it's magical. There's an energy here that can't be explained but needs to be felt. I have curated this Women's Wine Week to incorporate all the people, places, wines, and foods that embody what Chania is to me. Join me on this journey to discover the beauty and spirit of this magical island.
7 days, 6 nights
Certified Sommelier host
Renovated farmhouse accommodation
3 Winery tours
Olive oil mill tour
City/shopping tour of Chania
Sunset private yacht cruise to Theodorou Island with snorkeling
Soap making seminar
All lunches with wine
All dinners with wine
Airport transfer from CHQ
Metohi Georgila is a converted farmhouse in the picturesque area of Pirgos Psilonerou, built in 1908 by Dr. Styliano Georgila-the private doctor of Greece's first Prime Minister, Eleftherios Venizelos. It is now five independent charmingly decorated residences. Metohi Georgila is currently owned by Dr. Georgila's great-granddaughter, Areti.
There are 3 one-bedroom and 2 two-bedroom residences, Each room has a kitchenette and private bathroom. They are equipped with all the necessities.
There is a shared pool with lounge chairs, common outdoor areas, and hiking trails nearby.
Day 1 |Sunday, April 7
Welcome to Chania!
Fly into Chania International Airport, Daskologiannis (CHQ) by 2pm. Anna Maria will be waiting to transfer you to the hotel.
Check-in at Metohi Georgila and settle into your room.
When everyone has arrived, we'll gather around the pool for wine and meze, while we get to know each other and discuss the itinerary for the week ahead.
After we have gotten acquainted we will travel downtown for dinner at Oinoa, owned by sisters, Maria and Soula. There we’ll be treated to a 3-course dinner with wine pairings.
After dinner, we’ll take in the Old Venetian Harbor, stopping for cocktails or gelato, as we enjoy the heart of Chania.
Day 2 |Monday, April 8
Eat Like a Local
Bougatsa is Crete’s famous breakfast item. It’s layers of phyllo dough with a cheese filling topped with sugar and cinnamon. You'll get to taste it at my favorite spot as we start our day in downtown Chania. After breakfast, we’ll explore the farmer’s market and shop for the week’s produce. There we will meet the local farmers and taste a few of their treats like honey, mizithra and graviera cheese, and several different types of olives.
Next we will head back towards the Harbor and explore the Old Town during the daylight. Anna Maria will be your guide, showing you the city like only a local can. You'll see the major sites and stop at a few shops that are owned by some fantastic local women.
Lunch will be at Ginger Concept, a gorgeous little cafe with an irresistible retail area.
Chania observes a ‘siesta time’ from 2 to 6pm daily. Take this time to continue exploring downtown or head back to the hotel for a nap. For those staying downtown, a pick-up time and location will be given.
With all the goodies from the farmer’s market, we'll gather by the pool for a hands-on cooking class. Anna Maria will teach you to make a few traditional dishes and you will receive the recipes to take home. Of course, plenty of wine will be served with our freshly made meal.
Day 3 |Tuesday, April 9
Wine and olive oil are life
Our early risers will walk down to a chicken coop a little ways from the hotel to collect eggs for the group. Anna Maria will be preparing Cretan omelets in the common area for breakfast.
After breakfast, we head to the countryside. We will visit the Cave of Saint John the Hermit to take in a bit of history and religion. The view from the cave will give you an idea of the size of the olive oil industry in the area. Biolea Olive Oil Mill is our next stop. Owner, Chloe Dimitriadis, will walk us through the olive oil production process and explain the different quality levels. With your newly acquired knowledge, you will always choose a great bottle of olive oil when you go back home.
Time for wine! First to the vineyards of Anoskeli Winery where we will learn how grapes are grown. Next to the tasting room to sample five different wines and enjoy a traditional snack. Nearby is the oldest olive tree in the world. A great stop for photos.
Leaving the rolling hills of Kolympari, we head to Manousakis Winery. Anna Maria will guide a tour of the fermentation floor and barrel room. We'll taste another 5 wines before we have lunch with Alexandra Manousakis, owner of the winery.
The rest of the evening is free.
Day 4 |Wednesday, April 10
Pink sand beach!
This is the day that will make all your friends back home jealous. Elafonisi is always in the Top 10 beaches in the world. It is absolutely breathtaking. Believe the hype. Shallow lagoon, pink sand, and turquoise water make for an epic beach day.
In the morning, we’ll make a small breakfast and pack our lunches for the beach.
We will depart for the beach as early as possible to maximize our time at the beach. On the way, we’ll stop at Chrysoskalitissa Monastery. Make sure to bring a scarf or shawl to cover your shoulders.
When we return we will have some free time. Optional manicures and pedicures can be scheduled.
Anna Maria will be cooking up a storm for our BBQ dinner at the villa. Anyone who would like help and learn some other traditional dishes is welcome to join her.
Day 6 |Friday, April 12
I'm on a boat! But first, some soap
You cannot leave Crete without having sfakianes pites. In the morning, we'll roll out the dough and make these delicious flat cheese pies topped with honey.
Before the rest of the day's activities, you'll have time to explore (the Tomb of Malame and the German War Cemetery are close by) or relax by the pool.
At noon, we'll take a quick drive over to Fisika, a soap workshop. Filio Sika, will guide us through making our own natural soap from olive oil. You'll take home 2-4 handmade soaps. After our lesson, we'll have lunch with Filio in the garden.
Sadly our time together is coming to a close. But that just means we need to celebrate! What better way than on a private yacht? We'll sail around Chania Harbor to Theodorou Island. Snorkeling gear is available for those that are adventurous and Champagne will be on hand for those who aren't. We'll enjoy dinner on the yacht as we watch the sunset.
When we get back to shore, we'll continue the party with wine and cocktails on the Old Venetian Harbor.
Day 5 |Thursday, April 11
Beer then wine, I'm doing fine
After breakfast, we'll visit Lafkas Brewery, the newest craft brewery in Chania. Owner and brewer, Aurelie Petillion will give us a tour. She'll explain all the steps to making beer and her philosophy- 'keep it micro.' After the tour, Aurelie will join us for a beer on their patio.
Next, we'll travel back in time to the ancient city of Aptera. Overlooking Souda Bay, Aptera was an important commercial center dating back to Minoan times. We'll take a walk through history as we explore the site's Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Venetian, and Ottoman architecture.
Evie Douraki, director of Dourakis Winery will be waiting to show us her winery. Dourakis Winery is one of two wineries on the island making sparkling wine. We'll see how they make it and tour the barrel room that is built into a mountain. Evie is a big-time animal-lover. We'll visit the goats, sheep, chickens, cats, dogs, and turkeys before having lunch with her.
When we return from our day, there will be free time. For dinner, we'll be enjoying wine and beer from the day's adventures and ordering out souvlaki and gyro from my go-to taverna.
Day 7 |Saturday, April 13
I've never been good at goodbyes
We'll have one last breakfast together. Spend the morning soaking in the last bits of the magic of the week. Check out is at noon.
Airport transfers will be available all day.