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Join one of our great Wine Tasting Courses at Boutari Winery, at Skalani Village nearby Heraklion.

The resident Boutari oenologist offers a basic course on wine tasting, during which visitors can explore this mystical art through all the senses and learn the historic secrets associated with wine and its production.

Fantaxometocho Estate in Greek, “Fantaxometocho” means “the haunted domain”. The name that was given to the place “Fantaxometocho” was taken by the legend that was created in order to protect the domain from pirates. Today, it’s the place where Boutari, one of the largest Greek wine producers, has established its winery in Crete.

Fantaxometocho estate is surrounded by 7 hectares vineyards and situated within the Arhanes vine-growing region, a district producing “Appellation of Origin” (A.O.C.) wines.It lies on the road towards the village of Myrtia, birthplace of the famous Greek writer Kazantzakis and it is very close to the archaeological place of Knossos.

The grapes grown in the vineyard are used to produce the white wine Fantaxometocho, Heraklion Regional Wine from Chardonnay, Malvasia Aromatica and Vilana and the red wine Skalani, Heraklion Regional Wine.

In its 25 year history, the vineyard has created some unique Cretan wines, including Skalani and Fantaxometocho. During its first era the vineyard has focused on the Kotsifali, Syrah, Chardonnay and Malvasia Aromatica varieties. In early 2015, Boutari has embarked on a new phase of planting in which the Vidiano, Assyrtiko and Mavrotragano varieties have been added. The first full harvest following the replanting is expected within four years (2019).

Via guided tours at the vineyard and the winery, the visitor has the opportunity to experience for himself the special delights of wine: the art of wine tasting, “vertical” wine tasting, and finally to enjoy the wines alongside those dishes and flavours which traditionally complement them in our specially-constructed reception hall.

You could choose one of the below : 

 

1 : Classic Cretan Winery Tour 

6.00 Euros per person
Winery Tour & Wine Tasting of three (03) typical wines from Crete served with small “dakos” rusks (with tomato and “feta” goat cheese), crispy puff pastry and olives.

 

2 : Premium Traditional Winery Tour

11.00 Euros per person
Winery Tour & Wine Tasting of three (03) typical wines from Crete served with a Cheese & Cold Cuts Variety.

 

3 : “Spondi” Premium Winery Tour

14.00 Euros per person
Winery Tour & Wine Tasting of three (03) typical wines from Crete served with the following Cretan delicacies (single portions):

- “Dakos” rusks (with tomato and “feta” goat cheese)
- Fried zucchini croquettes
- Vine leaf rolls stuffed with rice (from the Estate vineyard)
- Cretan Graviera cheese
- Oven baked potato “ofti” (traditional way of cooking)

 

4 : Greek Odyssey Winery Tour

12.00 Euros per person
Winery Tour & Wine Tasting of eight (08) wines from all over Greece served with small “dakos” rusks (with tomato and “feta” goat cheese), crispy puff pastry and olives.

* Above rates include all taxes.

 

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For more info and reservations please contact us: reservations@cretetravel.com

 

A full guided tour of the winery includes: 

- Tour of the vineyards of the estate
- Tour of the production facilities
- Tour of the wine cellars

 

After the tour, the visitor has the opportunity to:

- Have an introduction to the art of wine tasting
- Enjoy Boutari wines in combination with local dishes
- Purchase current and older vintages of Boutari wines
- Purchase various Greek delicacies
- Enjoy a full meal (reservation required)
- Combine his/her visit to the winery with the important archaeological site of Knossos (4 km) and the Kazantzakis Museum (3 km)

Finally, we may gladly prepare a tailor made buffet menu at an additional cost, according to your preferences.

 

Book

For more info and reservations please contact us: reservations@cretetravel.com

 

General Notes:

- Average visit time for a full guided tour: 45 minutes
- Max. Number of Persons per Winery Tour : 100
- Max. Capacity of Persons at the Hospitality Venue: 100
- Winery Tour Duration: approx. 40 min.
- Winery Tour Languages: English, French, Greek
- Parking is also available in the Estate premises.

White Wines: 
- Fantaxometocho – Varieties: Chardonnay, Malvasia Aromatica, Vilana
- Oropedio – Variety: Moschofilero
- Kallisti Reserve – Variety: Assyrtiko

Red Wines:
- Skalani – Varieties: Kotsifali, Syrah
- Naoussa – Variety: xinomavro
- Ode - Varieties: Agiorgitiko, Cabernet Sauvignon

Sweet Wines:
- Iouliatiko - Variety: Liatiko
- Moschato Spinas – Variety: Moschato Spina

 

Distances :

- Distance from the Heraklion Airport: 12 km (20 minutes)
- Distance from the Heraklion Port: 9 km (15 minutes)
- Distance from the centre of Heraklion: 8 km (15 minutes)
- Distance from the village of Archanes: 4 km (10 minutes)
- Distance from Knossos (archaeological site): 4 km (10 minutes)
- Distance from Kazantzakis Museum: 3 km (10 minutes)

 

Book

For more info and reservations please contact us: reservations@cretetravel.com

Reviews 

Boutari Winery was great, we loved everything about it, including the food, hospitality, Maria and Vee Vee.
-Stephanie

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