In the region Peza of Heraklion, Crete, in an area with wonderful vineyards, whose roots reach the Minoan vineyard, there is the winery of MILIARAKI family. Here, local varieties such as Vidiano, Vilana, Kotsifali and Mandilari but also French ones like Syrah, Grenache Rouge and Mourvedre are cultivated. Discover wines with an identity and character!
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Crete is boundless. With corners and spots unique and unexplored. Magic places, full of surprises and changes. A few kilometers away from the bustling Heraklion and in the heart of the most important wine cultivating zone of Crete, in Peza, there is the Miliaraki winery. The winery is now in its ninth decade and produces wines from local varieties such as Kotsifali and Mandilari for the red wines, Vilana, Vidiano and Thrapsathiri for the white ones, which are turned into wine and bottled using state-of-the-art methods.
A part of the red wine production ages in French oak barrels holding 225 and 300 litres each under ideal temperature and humidity conditions. Simultaneously, the Miliaraki winery tries to further promote the Cretan vineyard through its varieties, by innovating and adopting methods unexploited in Crete, such as the presentation for the first time of Vilana stored in barrels (Vilana Fume). Finally, foreign varieties such as Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache Rouge and Roussanne have been included in its production. The winery uses a vineyard that consists of privately owned and contract areas covering 250 acres in the wider area of Peza and cooperates with local growers aiming at the high quality of the grapes. The overall production currently rises to 350,000 bottles a year, 20% of which is exported. The main foreign destinations are the USA, Canada, Belgium, Serbia, the United Kingdom, Sweden, China and Australia. Since 1998, and after having developed an exhibition area, the winery has welcomed Greek and foreign visitors. In this area, they can watch a special video screening, enjoy a tour through the old machinery of the winery and try the whole range of the Domain’s wines.