From the ancient times until today, the region of Peza is considered to be one of the most important wine-growing regions of Crete.
The PDO Peza wine zone lies in the central-northern part of the regional unit of Heraklion, and encloses the communities of Peza, Agies Paraskies, Agios Vassilios, Alagni, Astrakies, Astritsi, Kalloni, Katalagari, Kounavi, Melesses, Myrtia, Houdetsi, Patsideros, Panorama and Sambas, both for the white and the red PDO Peza wines produced. Especially for the white PDO Peza wines, grapes must be harvested from vineyards that are planted at altitudes higher than 300m.
Vilana, Kotsifali and Mandilari (sometimes written “Mandilaria”) are three indigenous grapes grown on the island that participate in the PDO Peza wines. However, there are many more indigenous grape varieties all over Crete, producing wines of great quality and unique character.
To date there are two PDO Peza wines: the PDO Peza white, made of 100% Vilana, and the PDO Peza red, which is a blend of Kotsifali and Mandilari. Both wines must be dry.
Visitors can discover significant archeological sites in the area, enjoy a tour to the beautiful village of Archanes and the first wine press in history (Vathypetro) nearby, explore the Asterousia mountains and, of course, visit the region’s wineries, following the Wines of Crete routes.