Crete is one of the world’s oldest winemaking regions, with a tradition dating back to the resident Minoan civilization in the Bronze Age (2500 BC-800 BC). Cretan wine (mainly sweet) was popular with ancient Romans and highly valued throughout the medieval era through the 17th century.
In more recent times, the island suffered setbacks when Phylloxera struck in the 1970s—destroying most of its historic vineyards—and in the 1980s, when a law supported extensive new plantings of the white grape Vilana almost exclusively, deterring exploration of more promising varieties like Vidiano, now Crete’s flagship white.
The future is bright. Along with Vidiano, Crete’s spicy red Kotsifali is showing success among international critics and wine drinkers, especially when blended with international varieties such as Syrah and Merlot. A new wave of well-traveled young winemakers are bringing innovation and change to the island, resulting in more terroir-driven and competitive wines from all of the island’s 6 PDO districts (PDO Sitia, PDO Malvasia Sitia–Lasithi, PDO Peza–Heraklion, PDO Archanes–Heraklion, PDO Dafnes–Heraklion PDO Handakas-Candia & Malvasia Handakas-Candia–Heraklion).
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Boutari 2015 Kretikos Red (Crete)GreeceThis wine offers blueberry and red fruit aromas and plum, cherry and ...See Full Review$14
Lyrarakis 2017 Vóila Assyrtiko (Crete)GreeceThis Assyrtiko from Eastern Crete offers tropical fruit and citrus aromas, with ...See Full Review$20
Lyrarakis 2014 Kotsifali (Crete)GreeceA luscious nose of chocolate-covered cherries and black pepper start this delicious ...See Full Review$13
Lyrarakis 2013 Plakoura Vineyard Oak Aged Mandilaria (Crete)GreeceMushroom, cedar and smoke on the nose leads this Mandilari from Crete. ...See Full Review$25
Boutari 2015 Kretikos Vilana (Crete)GreeceBright lemon and apple aromas lead into a wave of rich pear ...Best BuySee Full Review$14
Kourtaki 2014 Vin de Crete Vilana (Crete)GreeceDried cherry, raisins and cinnamon on the nose lead into elegant flavors ...Best BuySee Full Review$11
Lyrarakis 2015 Vóila Vineyard Assyrtiko (Crete)GreeceFresh lemon, sea salt and grapefruit aromas lead this buoyant pour from ...See Full Review$16
Lyrarakis 2015 Vilana (Crete)GreeceThis indigenous Cretan variety shows its character in the deft hands of ...Best BuySee Full Review$13
Lyrarakis 2013 Syrah-Kotsifali Red (Crete)GreecePlum, cedar and cocoa on the nose rolls into flavors of jammy ...See Full Review$30
Lyrarakis 2015 Armi Vineyard Thrapsathiri (Crete)GreecePineapple and lemon rind aromas lead into flavors of full-bodied honey, apple ...See Full Review$25
Kourtaki 2015 Vin de Crete White (Crete)GreeceA nose redolent of honey, spice and citrus leads into a fresher ...Best BuySee Full Review$10
Lyrarakis 2015 Ippodromos Vineyard Vidiano (Crete)GreeceThis wine has a fleshier character than many Greek whites, with rounded ...See Full Review$25
Lyrarakis 2012 Oak Aged Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot (Crete)GreeceAromas of nutmeg, cedar and mushroom lead this spicy red from Crete. ...See Full Review$35
Rhous 2015 White (Crete)GreeceThis innovative Cretan producer hits the mark with this pretty, fragrant white ...See Full Review$21
Lyrarakis 2014 Plyto (Crete)GreeceThis indigenous Cretan white displays lovely aromas of exotic tropical fruits and ...See Full Review$19
Kourtaki 2014 Vin de Crete White (Crete)GreeceGuava/tropical fruit and spice lead the nose on this Cretan white. On ...Best BuySee Full Review$11
Lyrarakis 2014 Assyrtico (Crete)GreeceFrom Crete, this wine offers deep fruit character and an exotic spin ...See Full Review$17
Lyrarakis 2014 Petrokaliva Vineyard Assyrtico (Crete)GreeceSpicebox and lemon aromas start this assertive Assyrtiko from Crete. On the ...See Full Review$25
Lyrarakis 2008 Symbolo Grand Cuvée Red (Crete)GreecePlum and red berry aromas start this integrated red blend, which is ...See Full Review$50
Lyrarakis 2011 Idyll Rosé (Crete)GreeceThe unique nose on this wine—which is comprised of cherry, chocolate and ...See Full Review$18
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