The Cretan Wine & Cheese Experience – Winery & Cheese Factory Tour

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Experience one of the best winery tours of Chania. Taste the local wine & cheese and live a memorable vineyard journey, without breaking your bank.

A unique experience

Learn everything about the Cretan wines from a local expert sommelier and surprise your palate like never before with the local cheese varieties.

Wine from local vineyards

Taste selected local labels and discover the most beautiful wineries of the area. Combine the Cretan wines with the best local delicacies.

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Tour Overview

Tour Highlights

  1. Visit the traditional old cellar inside the cave
  2. Wine tasting in Cretan and international varieties
  3. Taste the local cheese like “Graviera” or “Mizithra.”
  4. Learn about local viticulture, grapes, and vine-growing
  5. Explore a local family winery and tour around its facilities
  6. Experience selected Greek wines introduced by an expert
  7. Discover the origins of the local wines through a visit to a vineyard
  8. Details about winemaking tradition in Crete and the art of food pairing
  9. Visit the family cheese factory and discover the cheese-making process
  10. Delicious gastronomy experiences and traditional Cretan lunch in a village

Description

Follow us on a captivating journey through the heart of Crete, where the landscape transforms as you ascend the foothills of the White Mountains. As you ascend the foothills of the White Mountains, anticipate a transformative experience. Begin your exploration at a captivating folklore museum, where Cretan history and tradition come to life. In the event of availability constraints, we may substitute this with a visit to a charming olive mill, ensuring an equally enriching encounter. Our next destination takes you to a traditional Cretan village perched at an altitude of 300m. Immerse yourself in the artistry of a local family cheese factory, where you’ll witness the cheese-making process and indulge in tastings of exquisite varieties such as “Graviera,” “Anthotiros,” and “Mizithra,” perfectly paired with Cretan dry-bread and the renowned “raki – tsikoudia.” Continue your adventure by delving into the world of ancient grape varieties and modern Greek wines, promising a delightful gastronomic adventure. Venture a few minutes away to a local winery, where specialists introduce you to the acclaimed “Romeiko” variety. Sample exquisite wines such as “Vidiano,” “Vilana,” “Malvazia,” and “Kotsifali,” all while enjoying panoramic views of the White Mountains and perusing an impressive art gallery. Descend into the cellar inside a cave, where ancient rocks cloak cylinder bottles, setting the stage for an unforgettable tasting experience. Conclude your extraordinary journey in the charming square of a traditional Cretan village, where a delectable local cuisine awaits. Brimming with unforgettable tastes, this tour leaves you with cherished memories, ensuring an experience that seamlessly blends tradition with modern allure.

Inclusions

  1. Hotel pick up and drop off
  2. Bottled water per person
  3. English speaking, local driver/escort and wine specialist
  4. Wine and food tasting
  5. Cheese tasting
  6. Transport by air-conditioned minibus
  7. All taxes, fees and handling charges
  8. Traditional Cretan lunch
  9. Private tour

Exclusions

  1. Gratuities (optional)
  2. Additional food and drinks

Guest Stories

Great Tour What a great tour! We chose the tour on a windy day in Chania and were so glad we did! It was excellent. Andreas was so knowledgeable about the area and the wine and he answered all questions we had. The group was small enough that it felt personal and the wineries we visited were absolutely brilliant! We loved the stop off at the oldest olive tree too. Great way to spend a day of our holiday!
Ems
15/04/2024
The World War II battle for Crete Yanis, our driver and guide, was very knowledgeable and accommodating. He shared a lot of facts and photos of the battle for Crete and he explained the significance of each stop along the tour. The stop at the military collector’s mini museum was excellent. There were many unique and rare items in his collection that are tied to the battle. The pace and timing of tour was just right, along with a fresh sandwich from a local shop. I would recommend this tour to any interested in the history of the battle for Crete.
Rich S
12/04/2024
Highly recommended for anyone interested in the Battle for Crete. As a former New Zealand Army officer I was very much looking forward to this tour and it did not disappoint. The whole tour was excellent and covered so much ground literally and figuratively. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and a great person to spend the day with. Being able to visit the actual battlefield sites really put so much into context. Highly recommended.
Tata C
02/04/2024
Fantastic cooking class on Crete Everything about this experience was wonderful! The driver, Nikkoli was very knowledgeable and hospitable, the hosts for the class were gracious and warm, the good was amazing and the other guests were terrific. I am so lucky to have found this class and highly recommend!
Sue T
27/12/2023
Relaxing excursion This was such a nice relaxing tour. Very simple and easy day! We were picked up at our hotel, it happened to be one of the pickup locations luckily. We drove to two different wineries but also made some stops along the way for cool lookout spots and even a 3,000 year old olive tree.
Sarah S
12/12/2023
Cooking in Crete!!! ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. The staff and tour were excellent. We had such a good time being taught how to cook stuffed peppers, zucchini and tomatoes. I highly recommend this tour. The food that we created was simply delicious. Just a high quality experience.
Mobile562656
16/11/2023
Top bloke as guide Our guide had superb knowledge about the area we went to. He was friendly and accommodating. Despite our lack of knowledge and messing this company around we still got to Di our tour.
Compass52027796678
03/11/2023
It was a great tour! This tour allows you to learn more about the culture and history of Crete. They will explain in detail about the food and the background to it. I thought it was a little pricey due to the strong yen, but it was a valuable experience that money can't buy. I'm really glad I participated. I recommend it.
ゆか
03/11/2023
Awesome Wonderful experience. We were taken up into the mountains of Crete to a host house. Over the next 4 hours, we had a tour of the house, learned about Cretan history, had a local wine tasting, and made an incredibly delicious meal. It is vegetarian friendly and comes with a few surprises. I gained a newfound appreciation for olive oil—there can never be too much. One of the highlights of my trip.
Richard Z
28/10/2023
A Real Cretan Cooking Experience Yannis led us on a wonderful trip to a farm in the countryside with great views, warm and gracious hosts and cooks, and a night of fun and friendship. This was well worth the time to learn about Crete style cooking and Greek history
Todd W
24/10/2023

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