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)


#Please Note: Boutari Winery will remain closed during August 2020 due to Covid-19

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

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

You could choose one of the below wine tasting tours : 

1 : "Classic Cretan" Winery Tour 

Pirce : 8.00 Euros per person
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 three typical wines from Crete served with small “dakos-cretan rusks" (Kretikos White, Fantaxometocho, Scalarea).

2 : "4 Ambassador Varietes" Winery Tour 

Pirce : 11.00 Euros per person
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 4 awarded Boutari wines from the 4 ambassador Greek varieties: Moschofilero Boutari from Moschofilero variety, Santorini Boutari from Assyrtiko variety, Agiorgitiko Boutari from Agiorgitiko variety, and Naoussa Boutari from xinomavro variety.
- Enjoy a wine and food pairing game with Cretan rusks, cheese, and cold cuts.

3 : Explore Scalarea Estate

Price: 14.00 Euros per person
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 Boutari Wines (Fantaxometocho - white, Simio Stixis Rose & Scalarea - red)
- Enjoy a wine and food pairing game with “Explore Scalarea Estate” dishes: "dakos", vine leaf rolls stuffed with rice, Cretan graviera cheese, Cretan olives.
- Enjoy the dishes with one glass of the above wines

4 : “Spondi” Premium Winery Tour

Price: 28.00 Euros per person
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 five wines from different wine, Greek regions: Oropedio (white, dry wine from Mantinia), Fantaxometocho (white, dry wine from Crete), Simio Stixis Rose (rose, semi dry wine from Peloponnese), Naoussa Boutari(red, dry wine from Naoussa), Scalarea (red, dry wine from Crete).
- Enjoy a wine and food pairing game with “Spondi to Crete” dishes: “dakos”, fried zucchini croquettes, vine leaf rolls stuffed with rice, Cretan graviera cheese.

5 : Private Winery Tour

Price: 55.00 Euros per person

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 eight awarded Boutari wines(including an old vintage) from important winemaking zones of Greece such as Oropedio (white, dry wine from Mantinia), Fantaxometocho(white, dry wine from Crete), Santorini Boutari(white, dry wine from Santorini), Malagouzia(white, dry wine from Attica), Goumenissa , (red, dry wine from Goumenissa), 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.

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. 40 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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Reviews ( 8 )

  • 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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