Heraklion Minos Winery

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Location: Peza
Don't miss: Museums guide (free admission dates and other useful info)

Miliarakis (Minos) Winery is located in Peza village, 17 km south of Heraklion Town and 5 km from a Minoan wine press. Its history began when the Miliarakis family started to produce wine for the travelers who passed by the area on their way to Handakas, as Heraklion Town was known at the time. In 1932, Miliarakis became one of the best wine production units in Crete, an area famous for its delicious wines. They became the first company on the island to make bottled wine in 1952, and by the 1960s, their wines were exported to Europe, North America, Asia and Australia, with France being their largest importer. Today the winery produces nearly 900,000 bottles per year.

The winery includes an auditorium for audio/visual presentations and a museum housing old wine-making machinery, such as wine presses, pumps, manually operated bottling devices and a traditional stone wine press. An exhibition with photos of the historic winery is also on display, along with a short film on the history of wine, olive oil and raki in Crete. At the same time, there is a spacious wine-tasting hall where visitors can sample an assortment of select wines, as well as a gift shop with top-quality traditional Cretan products.

Official website: www.minoswines.gr



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