Four days in Crete: Lyrarakis Winery

Four days in Crete: Lyrarakis Winery

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We visited Lyrarakis Winery, a small, family vineyard, for a wine tasting. They grow some foreign varietals, but specialize in growing native grapes such as Kotsifali, Mandilari, Dafni, and Plyto, and are known for saving the latter two varietals from extinction.

The vineyard is peaceful and beautiful – just acres of vineyards, flowers and rosemary bushes everywhere, and mountains as the backdrop. The tasting was delicious. In addition to a welcome glass of sparkling wine, we tasted six wines that were served alongside large platters of cheese, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, and bread. Our guide was really informative – she did a really nice job of walking us through each wine, recommending the cheese to try it with and other foods that would pair well with it, and describing the dominant notes.

Téleios. (I think that means perfect in greek).

 

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