Winery Tours at Boutari Winery, Skalani Village

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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.

  • Small Group
  • 1-4 Hours
  • Gastronomy (Wine Tastings & Cooking Workshops)
  • Cretan Villages


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

Boutari - Scalarea Estate is situated just outside Skalani village and is surrounded by seven hectares of vineyards within the Archanes vine-growing region, a district producing “Appellation of Origin” (A.O.C.) wines.

It lies on the road towards the village of Myrtia, the birthplace of the famous Greek writer Kazantzakis and it is very close to the archaeological site of Knossos, in a distance of less than 5 km. Its first name was “Fantaxometocho” meaning “the phantom’s estate” based on a local tradition. The name “Scalarea” is an altered form of the name of the area found in 12th-century texts. Scalarea Estate is owned by Boutari Wineries.

The history and work of Boutari in Crete starts in 1989 with the acquisition of the estate in Scalani, Heraklion. 2015 was a pivotal year when Boutari completed an ambitious replanting project, based on the knowledge and systematic research of the varieties and the terroir acquired in 26 years of work.

The aim was throughout that time to create a vineyard with a very high-quality potential, that would highlight the dynamic of the Cretan soil.

The estate is 6,6 hectares (16.3 acres) on the northern slope of a low hill starting from an elevation of 170 meters (560 ft) going up to 215 meters (705 ft).

This protects it from the warm southern winds and exposes it to the cool breezes of the Cretan Sea. It is a gifted vineyard with a great natural balance of all the aspects that compose the right terroir.

The varietal composition includes Vidiano, Vilana, Moschato Spinas, Malvasia Aromatica and Chardonnay in whites and Kotsifali, Madilari, Mayrotragano, and Syrah in reds.

Now that the vineyard is reaching its peak in terms of quality and quantity since the replanting, the wines of the estate are redefined and relaunched as the Scalarea Estate wines: Scalarea White, Scalarea Red and Fantaxometocho

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 flavors which traditionally complement them in an especially-constructed reception hall.

You could choose one of the below wine tasting tours : 

1 : "3 Premium Wines" Wine Tasting

Pirce : 10.00 Euros per person (incl. all taxes)

Includes : 
- 3 wines of your choice (75ml each)
- Wine Tasting of 3 premium wines, served with local rusks, Cretan graviera & olives from our estate

Wine tastings Wine List :
- White Wines: Moschofilero Cuvee Speciale, Malagouzia, Fantaxometocho, Scalarea White
- Rose Wines: Dianthos
- Red Wines: Agiorgitiko Botutari, Naoussa Boutari, Scalarea Red
- Dessert Wine: Iouliatiko
- Boutari Naturally (SO2 Free wines): Moschofilero, Roditis, Agiorgitiko, Syrah
 

2 : "5 Premium Wines" Wine Tasting

Pirce : 14.00 Euros per person (incl. all taxes)

Includes : 
- 5 wines (50ml each)
- Wine Tasting of 5 premium wines, served with local rusks, Cretan graviera & olives from estate

Wine tastings Wine List :
- White Wines: Moschofilero Cuvee Speciale, Malagouzia, Fantaxometocho, Scalarea White
- Rose Wines: Dianthos
- Red Wines: Agiorgitiko Botutari, Naoussa Boutari, Scalarea Red
- Dessert Wine: Iouliatiko
- Boutari Naturally (SO2 Free wines): Moschofilero, Roditis, Agiorgitiko, Syrah
 

3 : "7 Premium Wines" Wine Tasting

Pirce : 16.00 Euros per person (incl. all taxes)

Includes : 
- 7wines (50ml each)
- Wine Tasting of 7 premium wines, served with local rusks, Cretan graviera & olives from estate

Wine tastings Wine List :
- White Wines: Moschofilero Cuvee Speciale, Malagouzia, Fantaxometocho, Scalarea White
- Rose Wines: Dianthos
- Red Wines: Agiorgitiko Botutari, Naoussa Boutari, Scalarea Red
- Dessert Wine: Iouliatiko
​​​​​​​- Boutari Naturally (SO2 Free wines): Moschofilero, Roditis, Agiorgitiko, Syrah

 

4 : "Explore Scalarea Estate" Winery Tour

- Price: 20.00 Euros per person (incl. all taxes)
- Tours are offered every hour on the hour
- Service Duration: Approx. 60 min

Includes : 
- Visit the vineyard and learn about the history of Crete’s vines and the indigenous grape varieties.
- Visit the cellar and learn about wine production and aging
- Taste 3 Premium Boutari Wines (Boutari Wines Scalarea White - Fantaxometocho White - Scalarea Red)
- Enjoy a wine and food pairing game with “Explore Scalarea Estate” dishes: dakos, vine leaf rolls stuffed with rice, Cretan graviera cheese, zucchini balls and olives from our estate.
 

5 : “Spondi” Premium Winery Tour

- Price: 30.00 Euros per person (incl. all taxes)
- Tours are offered every hour on the hour
- Service Duration: Approx. 60 min

Includes : 
- Visit the vineyard and learn about the history of Crete’s vines and the indigenous grape varieties.
- Visit the cellar and learn about wine production and aging.
- Taste 5 premium wines: Scalarea White - Fantaxometocho White - Dianthos Rose - Naoussa Red - Scalarea Red.
- Enjoy a wine and food pairing game with cold cuts, a rich plateau of local cheeses (graviera, matured anthotiros, kefalotiri) and olives from our estate.
 

6 : Private Winery Tour

- Price: 55.00 Euros per person (incl. all taxes)
- Tours are offered every hour on the hour
- Service Duration: Approx. 60 min

Overview : 
A great introduction to Greek wines from one of the leading Greek winemakers specially catered for all guests. Follow the Path from Crete's un que vines to our cellar and end with an educational tasting of eight awarded wines from Boutari's great wine collection. Your experience will reach its peak with a Wine and Food Pairing game enjoying one of the Winery’s menus

Highlights: 
- Visit the vineyard and learn about the history of Crete’s vines and the indigenous grape varieties.
- Visit the cellar and learn about wine production and aging.
- Taste 8 top brands from all over Greece: Moschofilero Boutari (white, dry wine from Mantinia), Fantaxometocho (white, dry wine from Crete), Scalarea White (dry wine from Crete, Dianthos (rose, dry wine from Naoussa), Agiorgitiko Boutari (red, dry wine from Peloponnese), Naoussa Boutari (red, dry wine from Naoussa), Scalarea Red (dry wine from Crete), and Iouliatiko (sweet wine from Crete).
- Enjoy a wine and food pairing game choosing our Traditional Cretan Menu (appetizers, salad, main course, dessert).

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)

General Notes:

- Minimum Number of Persons per Winery Tour: 4
- Duration: Approx. 60 min.
- All tours available in English and Greek
- Private parking is available on Estate premises.
- Rates include all taxes.

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)

PS. Please clarify in your request, which one of the above tours you would prefer to join. Many thanks!

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Honest Reviews

The reviews for the Winery Tours at Boutari Winery, Skalani Village

Reviews ( 9 )

  • Rachel

    Kalispera Yiannis, We had an absolute lovely time at the winery tour yesterday - it was the perfect activity for our final day in Crete.  Katerina was so friendly and was so patient with all of our questions during the tour. The tasting itself was perfect - just enough information to let us know what to look for in the aromas and taste but not so technical that we got lost.  Thank you again for helping organise everything - it was probably the smoothest activity of our entire trip!  Kindest regards,Rachel

  • Stephanie

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

  • Becci

    Hi there, Thank you we loved it! Had a great time and was so shocked at what we both got for the price of the ticket! Also the wine was beautiful! Thanks so much, - Becci

  • Nick

    Dear Yiannis, We had the most fantastic time, thank you! Everything was perfect - length of tour, delicious pairings and friendly staff. Thank you for making our experience so enjoyable! Best wishes, - Nick

  • Anna

    We had an incredible experience at Boutari winery on our tour in Crete. It is a beautiful facility and the wine was great. Please note that is highly recommend planning ahead to book a tour at this place! - Anna

  • John

    We visited boutari winery with a small group during our stay in Crete and had a great time. The tour was very informative, the staff was friendly, and we enjoyed sampling different wines with delicious simple food. - John

  • Claudia

    The wine tasting and small food was excellent, and the staff could not have been more helpful. - Claudia

  • Adrian

    A very enjoyable experience. We did the wine tour and learned a lot about Greek wine! The local wines were very tasty and the staff was great! - Adrian

  • Lars

    Boutari winery is a fabulous local winery with excellent Greek wines. A definite must visit during your stay in Crete. - Lars

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