The Vine-Harvest Day Trip in Chania

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Live a once in a lifetime experience, harvest the grapes, produce wine, taste the local varieties paired with Cretan delicacies without breaking your bank!

A unique experience

Discover the secrets of Cretan viniculture and take part in a traditional harvest. Make wine with the locals and live a unique experience. Available only in August & September.

Wine-making tradition

Become a part of a local family and harvest the small vineyard together. Learn everything of the local viticulture by experts and make wine with them. A 100% hands-on and authentic experience!

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Tour Overview

Tour Highlights

  1. Take part in the wine-making process.
  2. Traditional vine-harvest in our family vineyard
  3. Make wine in a traditional family cottage-house
  4. Taste freshly made dinner along with good Cretan wine.
  5. Hear stories and origins behind the wine-making tradition
  6. Explore the theme rooms of the house and Crete through the ages
  7. Enjoy the fantastic view of the Aegean Sea and the mountain around.
  8. Wine tasting combined with cheese platters of different Cretan varieties.

Description

Delve into the time-honored wine-making traditions of Crete, a journey into the rich tapestry of Cretan winemaking, a tradition woven deeply into the island’s history, dating from the ancient Minoans to the present day. Crafted from the cherished memories of our hosts’ childhood, this tour offers a rare opportunity to partake in the winemaking process in the authentic, old-fashioned manner, unraveling the enchanting secrets of this ancient craft before your very eyes. Commencing in the family vineyard, you’ll engage in the harvest of indigenous grape varieties such as “Romeiko,” “Vidiano,” “Vilana,” “Kotsifali,” and “Mantilari.” This unique undertaking transforms into a grand celebration, accompanied by the rhythmic cadence of traditional Cretan songs, sung and danced by locals. The echoes of these melodies reverberate against the backdrop of the White Mountains, creating an indescribable atmosphere that can only be truly comprehended through firsthand experience. Following the harvest, a visit to the family’s cottage-house awaits—a meticulously restored, traditional Cretan dwelling dating back to the 19th century. Here, you’ll bask in the warmth of Cretan hospitality and delve into the island’s cultural heritage, with secret rooms unveiling the passage of time in Crete. The culmination of the tour unfolds in the old cellar, where the freshly harvested grapes undergo the age-old process of treading. With a treadle ready and a collective effort, the grapes are gently crushed beneath our feet, revealing the first juice that will eventually take on a delicate rose or mid-red hue. As dusk falls, the culmination of your labor unfolds in a traditional Cretan dinner, a feast of local delicacies harmoniously paired with the fruits of your winemaking endeavor. A rewarding conclusion to a day of toil, this convivial gathering encapsulates the spirit of Crete, inviting you to savor the essence of the island’s rich traditions and unparalleled hospitality.

Inclusions

  1. Hotel pick up and drop off
  2. English speaking, local escort
  3. Wine and food tasting
  4. Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  5. All taxes, fees and handling charges
  6. Private tour
  7. Vine-harvest
  8. Wine-making process
  9. Photos taken on tour are sent electronically via e-mail

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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