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Scalani Hills, within the Boutari Estate, is situated close to the picturesque village of Skalani in Crete.

Scalani Hills Residences at the Boutari Winery combine the experience of a majestic vineyard with tranquil relaxation and hospitality. Located on the way to Myrtia (birthplace of famous Greek author Nikos Kazantzakis), and a short distance from the ancient city of Heraklion, the Boutari Winery is an amazing centre of regional wine-making with a number of native and foreign grape varieties in evidence.

Set in the Archanes wine region with the important archaeological site of Knossos under 5km away, Scalani Hills offers a unique experience amid classical antiquity and viticulture for a truly exclusive getaway or celebration.

Guest accommodation comprises three independent residences within the former estate cottage. Each is named after local grape varieties: Kotsifali, Malvasia & Liatiko. The cottage has been completely renovated with stylish, luxurious rooms that all feature modern comforts and amenities.

The Winery Tour & Wine Tasting is an integral part of each stay for our guests, making the Scalani Hills experience truly unique.

Wine Interest & Activities

Guided Tours
The winery is open to the public and offers guided tours as well as organized wine tastings. The tour includes a visit to the vineyards and the winery. There visitors can see the Boutari cellar where wines are aged and a special projection room featuring a spectacular audiovisual experience that takes each visitor on a unique journey through the history of Crete.

Wine Tasting Courses
The resident Boutari oenologist offers a basic course on wine tasting, during which visitors can explore this mystical art through all the senses and learn the historic secrets associated with wine and its production.

Cretan Cuisine Courses
The estate cook offers bespoke courses on Cretan cuisine to small groups. Using local ingredients and special recipes, this is a treat for anyone interested in cuisine and gastronomy.

Events & Groups
Wine tasting events can be organized for large parties or corporate groups. Space is also available for full-scale corporate events and private celebrations such as weddings, baptisms or parties. Overlooking the beautiful vineyard, our restaurant space is an ideal place to enjoy a meal with specially selected estate wines.

Wine Tasting

Prior notice required, at least one day in advance
Classic Cretan Winery Tour

Winery Tour & Wine Tasting of three (03) typical wines from Crete served with crispy puff pastry with aromatic olive paste

Premium Traditional Winery Tour

Winery Tour & Wine Tasting of three (03) typical wines from Crete served with:

  • Grilled vegetables with aged “graviera” cheese and wine syrup.
  • “Dakos” rusks, fresh “mizithra” cheese, tomato, olives and capers pesto.
“Spondi” Premium Winery Tour

Winery Tour & Wine Tasting of three (03) typical wines from Crete served with:

  • Grilled vegetables with aged ” graviera” cheese and wine syrup.
  • “Dakos” rusks, Fresh “mizithra” cheese, tomato, olives and capers pesto.
  • Baked potatoes with rosemary and garlic.
  • Traditional Cretan risotto.
Greek Odyssey Winery Tour

Winery Tour & Wine Tasting of eight (08) wines from all over Greece served with crispy puff pastry with aromatic olive paste.

White Wines:

  • Fantaxometocho – Varieties: Chardonnay, Malvasia Aromatica, Vilana
  • Oropedio – Variety: Moschofilero
  • Kallisti Reserve – Variety: Assyrtiko

Red Wines:

  • Skalani – Varieties: Kotsifali, Syrah
  • Naoussa – Variety: Xinomavro
  • Ode – Varieties: Agiorgitiko, Cabernet Sauvignon

Sweet Wines:

  • Iouliatiko – Variety: Liatiko
  • Moschato Spinas – Variety: Moschato Spinas

General Notes:

  • Max. Number of Persons per Winery Tour : 100
  • Max. Capacity of Persons at the Hospitality Venue: 100
  • Winery Tour Duration: approx. 40 min.
  • Winery Tour Languages: English, French, Greek
  • Parking is also available in the Estate premises.
  • Winery Tours are upon request, with a prior notice of at least 1 day – final date and time to be confirmed upon availability.

Experimental Wines Boutari

Experimentation with taste is a process through which Boutari discovers new dimensions of the Greek vineyard, a challenge that began at the end of the 70’s and we have continuously met since then. Every year the Research and Development Department at the Boutari wineries, throughout Greece performs a wide range of experimentations, from which new and interesting wines emerge. We select some of those to reach wine lovers through the “Boutari Experimental Wines” range, thus providing them with the opportunity to discover and rate new rare wines contributing to the creation of new Boutari wines.

Experimental Wines
  • Sparkling Moschofilero ’14
  • Experimental Mοschofilero clone Mavrofilero ’15
  • Syrah vinification without sulfites ’15

Tasting of rare wines produced in superb terroirs, in a limited number of bottles, offering wine lovers the opportunity to experience the other side of Boutari Winemaking.

Non Sulfites Added Range
  • Moschofilero vinification without sulfites ’16
  • Syrah vinification without sulfites ’15
  • Syrah vinification without sulfites ’13

Tasting of limited production wines with minor interventions and without sulfite additions, originated from vineyards situated in Peloponnese and Attiki.

Xinomavro in Depth
  • Sparkling Xinomavro ’14
  • Experimental Rosé Xinomavro ’16
  • Naoussa ’14
  • Grande Reserve Naoussa ’10

Tasting of different expressions of the finest variety in the Greek North, the so-called Xinomavro, produced with the wine making technique and the long experience and deep knowledge of Boutari Winemaking.

About the Vineyard

The planting of the estate began in 1990, when the Boutari Company began to investigate the potential for quality Greek varieties along with the acclimatization of non-native varieties in and around Greece.

This vineyard was not selected randomly. Its orientation protects it from the hot south wind during summer, while its altitude and soil offer high quality grapes which help produce very special wines, of both interest and quality. This represents important progress in the history of wine growing throughout Greece.

A New Phase of Planting

In its 25 year history, the vineyard has created some unique Cretan wines, including Skalani and Fantaxometocho.

During its first era the vineyard has focused on the Kotsifali, Syrah, Chardonnay and Malvasia Aromatica varieties.

In early 2015 Boutari has embarked on a new phase of planting in which the Vidiano, Assyrtiko and Mavrotragano varieties have been added. The first full harvest following the replanting is expected within four years.

Grape Varieties

The Boutari Estate features both local and non-native varieties: next to Chardonnay and Syrah, Vidiano, Malvasia Aromatica, Asyrtiko, Kotsifali, Moschato Spinas and Liatiko have all been planted. The particular situation of this vineyard here in Crete has always encouraged experimentation.

Many varieties such as Mavrotragano, Asyrtiko and Aidani were first cultivated in a small part of the estate, where their acclimatisation could be monitored and experienced throughout the process.

The Estate Wines

Two sweet and two dry wines are produced from the estate’s grapes: the dry white wine Fantaxometocho, the dry red wine Skalani and the sweet wines Moschato Spinas and Iouliatiko.

All production takes place in the modern winery which was built in 2004.

Nearby places of interest

Scalani Hills, within the Boutari Estate, is situated close to the picturesque village of Skalani in Crete. It is set in the Archanes wine region with the important archaeological site of Knossos under 5km away.

Heraklion is the largest city and the administrative capital of the island of Crete. It is also one of the largest cities in Greece and extends over an area of 684.3 km2.

It is close to the ruins of the Bronze Age palace of Knossos, also known as the Palace of Minos, which in Minoan times was the largest centre of population on Crete. Though there is no archaeological evidence of it, Knossos may well have had a port at the site of Heraklion as early as 2000 BC.

The Arab raiders from Andalusia (Iberia) who founded the Emirate of Crete moved the island’s capital from Gortyna to a new castle they called ‘Castle of the Moat’ in the 820s. This was hellenized as “Χάνδαξ” (Khandax) or “Χάνδακας” (Khandakas) and latinized as Candia, which was taken into other European languages: in Italian and Latin as Candia, in French as Candie, in English as Candy, all of which could refer to the island of Crete as a whole as well as to the city alone; the Ottoman name was Kandiye.

After the Byzantine reconquest, the city was locally known as Megalo Kastro (‘Big Castle’ in Greek) or Castro and its inhabitants were called Kastrinoi or Castrini (‘castle-dwellers’ in Greek). The ancient name Heraklion was revived in the 19th century and comes from the nearby Roman port of Heracleum (“Heracles’s city”), whose exact location is unknown.


Scalani Hills Kotsifali Seating Room

Kotsifali 2-storey

The two-storey Kotsifali (70 m2) comprises a spacious living room with a 40” satellite TV, dining area, library and bathroom with shower all on the ground floor level.

The mezzanine features a bedroom with king-size COCO-MAT® bed, a 32” flat-screen TV, wardrobe, dressing table and WC.

This unique maisonette has access to a paved and furnished terrace, shared with the nearby Malvasia residence.

Scalani Hills Malvasia


The double-space Malvasia (40 m2) offers a king-size COCO-MAT® bed (which may be converted to twin beds) with 32” TV, dressing table and living room.

The second area features a wardrobe, bathroom with shower and double washbasins and a separate WC.

This exceptional and spacious residence has access to a lovely furnished terrace which is shared with the Kotsifali residence.

Scalani Hills Boutari Liatiko


Liatiko (25 m2), located on the upper level, features a queen-size COCO-MAT® bed and dressing table, a cosy seating area with 32” TV and a bathroom with shower.

This charming residence also comes with a private furnished veranda with pergola and magnificent views of the surrounding vineyard and winery.

Restaurants and Bars

The Boutari Winery venue may host special events (e.g. wedding and baptism receptions) as well as corporate meetings, offering a unique experience for a truly exclusive celebration.

The Restaurant, overlooking the vineyard, is also the ideal choice for a delicious meal, drawing on local cuisine, regional specialties, and of course wine – all prepared in accordance with your own tastes and preferences, and naturally paired with the renowned BOUTARI wines.

  • Fresh snacks available.
  • Each morning, a delicious breakfast of local Cretan delicacies is prepared for you by our dedicated kitchen team, all home-made.

Scalani Hills Cooking Lessons

Combine your stay at the Scalani Hills Residences or your visit to the Boutari Winery with the experience of cooking local delicacies! The estate cook offers bespoke courses on the famous Cretan cuisine, using local ingredients and traditional recipes. This is a very special treat for anyone interested in cuisine and gastronomy.

Prior reservation required.


  • COCO-MAT® beds & mattresses
  • Individually controlled air conditioning
  • Free Wi-Fi internet access
  • Mini-bar
  • Kettle
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Nespresso® machine
  • Furnished veranda
  • Bathroom with shower
  • High quality linen (sheets & bathroom towels)
  • High quality bathroom amenities
  • Hair dryer
  • Flat screen TV with satellite channels
  • Cleaning service
  • Safe box
  • iPod docking station

Scalani Hills has its own boutique offering not only a full range of BOUTARI wines
but also various Greek delicacies that make ideal gifts.

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Contact Scalani Hills Boutari Winery & Residences

Scalani Hills Boutari Winery & Residences

Skalani, Heraklion 70100, Crete
T: +30 2810 731899, +30 2810 731617
M: +30 6940 401033
F: +30 2810 731755


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