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Come and enjoy a tour and organic wine tasting at one of Crete’s top organic wineries nearby Heraklion Town (35km away) in central Crete.

Gavalas family is welcoming and do their best not only to make you feel welcome but to make you live a completely different experience as far as wines are concerned. Cretan hospitality at its best ...

The Gavalas Winery is a family winery located in Vorias Village among typical Cretan privately owned vineyards and follows the certified organic farming system DIO and ISO.

It cultivates international and mostly indigenous grape varieties. The varieties of red and rose wines are from Kotsifali, Syrah and Cabernet sauvignon and for white wines are from Moschato Spina and Sauvignon blanc.

Guests have a choice between three tour options. 

You could combine it with a visit to the old monastery of Saint George, Epanosifi, 10 minutes before the Vorias village.

 

The Story 

Emmanuel Gavalas planted the first vineyards in 1906. At that time he would use the Minoan dressed stone treading tank that used to be at the village of Agios Thomas, where he came from, to tread the grapes. The must was fermented into big storage jars. He transported the wine into leather flasks and he sold it to taverns and stores. Some years later he settled down at Vorias, a village 15km away from Agios Thomas where he planted new vineyards. He used to take the grapes to well known wineries. Nikos ( current winemaker) grandfather Nikolaos Gavalas and his father Emmanuel continued the planting and the cultivation of the vineyards. In 2001 the vineyards became part of the organic cultivation system, as he believes that the organic products protect the environment from the pesticides’ contamination as well as the consumers, the cultivators and children. In 2004 he set up a most modern winery into the vineyards. Every stage of the vinification from the production to the bottling is done in verticalized, modern unit. Nikos loves his job and will be glad to inherit it to his children so as not to be lost!

 

1.Classic Winery Tour

Price : 10 € per person
Includes : 
Guided tour of winery, presentation and explanation of the wine making process and tasting of three organic wine labels ( "Efivos" white, "Efivos" rose and "Efivos" red ) served with traditional Cretan cheese (kefalogravieria), small cherry tomatoes and bread handmade from the grandmother.

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2. Winery & Vineyards Tour

Price 20 € per person
Includes : 
Guided tour of winery, presentation and explanation of the wine making process and tasting of four organic wine labels  (Vidiano, Vilana, "AN" rose, "Orimos"red) served with traditional Cretan cheese (kefalogravieria), small cherry tomatoes bread and sarikopites ( traditional Cretan pies with honey) handmade from the grandmother.
After the tasting we will take a walk in the organic vineyards of the estate.

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3. Premium Winery & Vineyards Tour

Price 40 € per person
Includes : 
Guided tour of winery, presentation and explanation of the wine making process and tasting of five organic wine labels  (Vilana, "Frangosipitto" white, "Efivos" rose, "Fragospito" red, "Monahikos" red) served with traditional Cretan cheese (kefalogravieria), small cherry tomatoes bread and sarikopites ( traditional Cretan pies with honey) handmade from the grandmother, traditional omelet and meat cooked from the winemaker.
After the tasting we will take a walk in the organic vineyards of the estate.

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General Notes:

- The winery is open daily 8:00 to 16:00 and on weekend after appointment.
- Max. Number of Persons per Winery Tour: 10
- Duration: Approx. 40 min.
- All tours available in English and Greek
- Private parking is available in the Estate premises.
- Rates include all taxes.

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