Winery Tour & Wine Tasting At Douloufakis Winery - Heraklion Crete

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Come and enjoy a tour and wine tasting at one of Crete’s top wineries nearby Heraklion Town. The Douloufakis Winery is located at Dafnes Village amongst typical Cretan vineyards and and produces wines from Cretan indigenous varieties but also international ones. Enjoy the taste of great Decanter-awarded wines in your glass!

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


Douloufakis Winery at Dafnes Village nestled in the hills above Heraklion, a 15 min drive from Heraklion Town, a place where tradition and innovation go hand-in-hand.

Come and enjoy a tour and wine tasting at one of Crete’s top wineries!

Douloufakis family has a long tradition in viticulture and wine making, which starts in 1930, when grandfather Dimitris Douloufakis starts, for the first time, occupying professionally with the production of wines in old traditional premises. Nowadays, Nikolaos Douloufakis, grandson of Dimitrios continues the family tradition, after having graduated, as an oenologist, from the University of Alba, in Piemonte, in Italy. After finishing his studies, he worked for wineries in Italy and then came back to Crete, where he proceeded to the reconstruction of the vineyard, the cultivation of new varieties, the mechanical cultivation of the land and the implementation of ecosystem friendly cultivation methods.

The vineyards are located within the wine growing zone of Daphnes Village, a few kilometers southern of Heraklion, in lovely Crete amongst typical vineyards.

Dafnes is a beautiful landscape and an intriguing terroir for vine growing as it combines altitudes of 350 to 400 metres, lots of limestone on the soil (associated with high quality wine because of encouraging light water stress) and hillside vineyards. There, Douloufakis controls about 30 hectares producing approximately 300.000 bottles per year.

Nikos Douloufakis produces wines from Cretan indigenous varieties (Vilana, Vidiano, Spina Muscat, Malvasia, Mandilari, Liatiko and Kotsifali) but also international ones such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Syrah.

Over the years Douloufakis Winery has been holding tours and tastings for travelers coming from all over the world.

Εnjoy the taste of great Decanter-awarded wines in your glass!

Scheduling

The winery is open Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 15.30 . All tours are Monday-Friday and by appointment only. Should any guest wish to host an event after hours, different rates and scheduling may apply depending on the type of event. 

Languages 

Greek and Engslih

Transportation

The Douloufakis Winery does not provide transportation but can arrange for special pricing with taxis if necessary and for certain routes. In case that you need help with your car rental, please visit our sister websiste crete-car-rental.com

Serving Policy

The Douloufakis Winery is prohibited by law from serving minors under 18 years old. They will not serve individuals who are intoxicated.

Staff

All tours and tastings are conducted by trained professionals.

Winery Shop

All guests are able to purchase all available wines as well as other goods at the wine shop, on winery's premises.

Pricing and Payment Terms

Credit card details (Visa or Mastercard) are required to charge the deposit amount in order to confirm reservation. No additional charges will be made to the credit card unless cancellation charges have to be applied. Balance amount is to be paid directly to Douloufakis Winery upon completion of tour in cash.  Credit Cards are not accepted by Douloufakis Winery.

1. Yamas - Wine Tasting

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 10:00-15:30, after appointment. 
There are scheduled tours at 10:00, 12:00 and 14:00, so if you select one of these we would be able to guide you in a better way!
Duration : ~ 1 hour
8.00 €/person

Includes : 

- Visitors’ wine experience starts even before arriving at the winery, as the route and the surrounded landscape is filled with images that emphasise the viticultural character of the region.
- In the tasting room you can taste Cretan &  Greek wines, learn their features and talk about the varieties of grapes and the Cretan vineyard.
- A tour of winery as well as the winery grounds
- A presentation and explanation of the wine making process
- A tasting of 5 different dry wines ( 2 white, 2 red, 1 rose) paired with local Cretan rusks

Book

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

2. Plethora - Wine Tasting

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 10:00-15:30, after appointment. 
There are scheduled tours at 10:00, 12:00 and 14:00, so if you select one of these we would be able to guide you in a better way!
Duration : ~ 1 hour & 15 min
12.00 €/person

Includes : 

- Visitors’ wine experience starts even before arriving at the winery, as the route and the surrounded landscape is filled with images that emphasise the viticultural character of the region.
- In the tasting room you can taste Cretan &  Greek wines, learn their features and talk about the varieties of grapes and the Cretan vineyard.
- A tour of winery as well as the winery grounds
- A presentation and explanation of the wine making process
- A tasting of 8 different dry wines ( 3 white, 3 red, 1 rose, 1 sweet wine) paired with local Cretan rusks

Book

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

 

Additional options for above wine tastings 


1. EUPHORIA: Cretan cheese and sausage platter
PRICE 8 € / 2 persons

2. PANORAMA: Visit to the wine cellar with barrels, visit points with panoramic views of the
vineyards of the area and walking in Douloufakis vineyards. Approximately 30 minutes.
PRICE 2 € / Person

3. Any wine of the current harvest in addition to the above packages
PRICE 2 € / glass

4. VERTICAL WINE TASTING (e.g. we test 1 variety from 3 different years)
PRICE upon request, according which wines and how many years

5. LIGHT LUNCH in Douloufakis vineyard. Includes various dishes and wines
PRICE € 15 / PERSON

 

Reviews

Thank you for your email. I appreciate that we got a tour even though our booking had not been confirmed.
My family enjoyed our visit to your winery. Our guide was informative and the tasting was most enjoyable.
- Marinella

Hi yiannis, It was wonderful. A short tour however the wine tasting was excellent. Overall last around 2 hours and we were very grateful for the extended time and extra wine tasting.
Will highly recommend. Regards
- Rory
 

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