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“If for you the wine is just a word,
for me it is the life I’ve chosen!”

logo-douloufakisNikos Douloufakis and his family are proud third-generation winemakers taking care of their vineyards located in the heart of Dafnes, a village just south of the city of Heraklion on the island of Crete, Greece.

Douloufakis is following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather by taking charge of the family business, but he’s adding a modern twist to the ancient practice: By using cutting-edge equipment and employing the latest vineyard management techniques, he’s able to produce wines of a higher quality than in the past.

The Douloufakis family vineyard is rooted on a plateau 350 meters above sea level. Warm winds from North Africa mix with moisture from the neighbouring Aegean Sea, creating the Mediterranean climate that protects and nourishes the grapes. This area has been hospitable to viticulture since Antiquity; traces of vineyards dating back to the Venetian conquest of the thirteenth century can be found in the area.

They have planted several varieties such as: Vilana, Vidiano, Muscat White (of Spina), Malvasia, Mandilari,Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Liatiko, Kotsifali, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Syrah. Apart from  privately owned vineyards, grapes are sourced from farmers who cultivate their own vineyards in the same area, that they work with.

Wine tastings of Douloufakis wines in Crete

The winery is open to visitors all year round (after appointment). The visitors’ wine experience starts even before arriving at the winery, as the route and the  surrounded landscape is filled with images that emphasise the viticultural character of the region.

In the tasting room you can taste their wines, learn their features and talk about the varieties of grapes and the Cretan vineyard.

Please contact earlier  to inform them  about your visit for cretan wine tasting at 00302810792017. There is a tasting fee of 5€ per person.

Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 10:00-15:30, after appointment.

The Wines

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Aspros Lagos 2013

Dry Red Wine
PGI Crete

One of the most popular Greek Cabernet Sauvignon red wines, which combines all the virtues of the majestic grape variety with the warm and privileged terroir in that particular point in Crete. The nose is highly expressive, clean and spicy, while the palate is muscular, with rich tannins and good length. Definitely a red meat wine, ideal when paired with good quality dry aged beef.
(Ted Lelekas, October 2016)

GRAPE/BLEND:
Cabernet Sauvignon

ALC: 14% abv

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Femina 2015

Dry White Wine
PGI Crete

As its name reveals, this is a very elegant and highly fragrant white wine by Cretan winemaker Nikos Douloufakis. Prepare for a delightful invasion of exotic fruit and sweet spice aromas in the nose, followed by crystal acidity and a fresh sensation on the palate. Serve chilled as an aperitif or alongside steamed mussels with fresh herbs, as well as pasta or other dishes with pesto sauce.
(Ted Lelekas, October 2016)

GRAPE/BLEND:
Malvasia di Candia Aromatica

ALC: 13.5% abv

White Wines

ENOTRIA White
CRETE PGI
GRAPE/BLEND: Vilana 70%, Sauvignon Blanc 20%, Muscat White (of Spina) 10%
ALC: 12.5% abv

DAFNIOS White
CRETE PGI
GRAPE/BLEND: Vidiano 100%
ALC: 13% abv

CHARDONNAY
CRETE PGI
GRAPE/BLEND: Chardonnay 100%
ALC: 13.5% abv

SAUVIGNON BLANC
CRETE PGI
GRAPE/BLEND: Sauvignon Blanc 100%
ALC: 13.5% abv

ASPROS LAGOS White
CRETE PGI
GRAPE/BLEND: Vidiano 100%
ALC: 14.0% abv

FEMINA White
CRETE PGI
GRAPE/BLEND: Malvasia di Candia Aromatica 100%
ALC: 13.5% abv

EPOCH White
CRETE PGI
GRAPE/BLEND: Vilana 50%, Muscat White (of Spina) 50%
ALC: 13.5% abv

Red Wines

ENOTRIA Red
CRETE PGI
GRAPE/BLEND: Liatiko 30%, Kotsifali 30%, Syrah 40%
ALC: 13.5% abv

DAFNIOS Red
DAFNES PDO
GRAPE/BLEND: Liatiko 100%
ALC: 14% abv

ASPROS LAGOS Red
CRETE PGI
GRAPE/BLEND: Cabernet Sauvignon 100%
ALC: 14% abv

ALARGO Red
CRETE PGI
GRAPE/BLEND: Syrah 100%
ALC: 14% abv

SANGIOVESE Red
CRETE
GRAPE/BLEND: Sangiovese 70%, Cabernet Sauvignon 30%
ALC: 13.5% abv

EPOCH Red
CRETE PGI
GRAPE/BLEND: Kotsifali 20%, Syrah 40%, Moscato Red 40%
ALC: 13.5% abv

HELIOS NATURAL SWEET WINE
from sun-dried grapes
GRAPE/BLEND: Liatiko 100%
ALC: 14% abv

Rosé Wines

ENOTRIA Rose
CRETE PGI
GRAPE/BLEND: Kotsifali 60%,Syrah 40%
ALC: 13.5% abv

Sparkling Wines

Sparkling Douloufakis
BRUT, Méthode Traditionnelle
GRAPE/BLEND: Vidiano 100%
ALC: 13% abv

Awards

ENOTRIA White Dry wine

Wine Vintage Competition Prize Year
ENOTRIA White Dry wine 2014 Thessaloniki I.W.S.C. Gold medal 2015
ENOTRIA White Dry wine 2011 Thessaloniki I.W.S.C. Silver medal 2012
ENOTRIA White Dry wine 2009 Thessaloniki I.W.S.C. Silver medal 2010
ENOTRIA White Dry wine 2008 Thessaloniki I.W.S.C. Silver medal 2009

DAFNIOS White Dry wine

Wine Vintage Competition Prize Year
DAFNIOS White Dry wine 2015 TEXSOM Silver medal 2016
DAFNIOS White Dry wine 2014 Decanter Silver medal 2015
DAFNIOS White Dry wine 2010 Thessaloniki I.W.S.C. Gold medal 2011

ASPROS LAGOS White Dry wine

Wine Vintage Competition Prize Year
ASPROS LAGOS White Dry wine 2015 Decanter Bronze medal 2016
ASPROS LAGOS White Dry wine 2014 Sakura Silver medal 2016
ASPROS LAGOS White Dry wine 2011 Thessaloniki I.W.S.C. Silver medal 2012
ASPROS LAGOS White Dry wine 2009 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles Gold medal 2010

CHARDONNAY White Dry wine

Wine Vintage Competition Prize Year
CHARDONNAY White Dry wine 2010 Thessaloniki I.W.S.C. Silver medal 2011
CHARDONNAY White Dry wine 2007 Challenge International du Vin Bronze medal 2008
CHARDONNAY White Dry wine 2006 Challenge International du Vin Silver medal 2007
CHARDONNAY White Dry wine 2005 Challenge International du Vin Bronze medal 2006
CHARDONNAY White Dry wine 2002 Challenge International du Vin Silver medal 2003

SAUVIGNON BLANC White Dry wine

Wine Vintage Competition Prize Year
SAUVIGNON BLANC White Dry wine 2008 Thessaloniki I.W.S.C. Silver medal 2009
SAUVIGNON BLANC White Dry wine 2006 Thessaloniki I.W.S.C. Silver medal 2007
SAUVIGNON BLANC White Dry wine 2005 Thessaloniki I.W.S.C. Silver medal 2006

FEMINA White Dry wine

Wine Vintage Competition Prize Year
FEMINA White Dry wine 2015 TEXSOM Silver medal 2016
FEMINA White Dry wine 2015 Sakura Gold medal 2016
FEMINA White Dry wine 2013 Thessaloniki I.W.S.C. Gold medal 2014

ENOTRIA Red Dry wine

Wine Vintage Competition Prize Year
ENOTRIA Red Dry wine 2014 Decanter Bronze medal 2016
ENOTRIA Red Dry wine 2012 Thessaloniki I.W.S.C. Silver medal 2013
ENOTRIA Red Dry wine 2003 Thessaloniki I.W.S.C. Silver medal 2004
ENOTRIA Red Dry wine 2001 Challenge International du Vin Gold medal 2003

DAFNIOS Red Dry wine

Wine Vintage Competition Prize Year
DAFNIOS Red Dry wine 2012 Sakura Silver medal 2016
DAFNIOS Red Dry wine 2007 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles Silver medal 2008

ASPROS LAGOS Red Dry wine

Wine Vintage Competition Prize Year
ASPROS LAGOS Red Dry wine 2011 Thessaloniki I.W.S.C. Gold medal 2014
ASPROS LAGOS Red Dry wine 2010 Thessaloniki I.W.S.C. Grand Gold medal 2013
ASPROS LAGOS Red Dry wine 2009 Thessaloniki I.W.S.C. Gold medal 2012
ASPROS LAGOS Red Dry wine 2008 Thessaloniki I.W.S.C. Gold medal 2011
ASPROS LAGOS Red Dry wine 2007 Challenge International du Vin Silver medal 2010

ALARGO Red Dry wine

Wine Vintage Competition Prize Year
ALARGO Red Dry wine 2009 Thessaloniki I.W.S.C. Silver medal 2012
ALARGO Red Dry wine 2008 Thessaloniki I.W.S.C. Gold medal 2011
ALARGO Red Dry wine 2008 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles Silver medal 2010
ALARGO Red Dry wine 2008 Challenge International du Vin Silver medal 2010
ALARGO Red Dry wine 2006 London, IWSC Bronze medal 2008

SANGIOVESE Red Dry wine

Wine Vintage Competition Prize Year
SANGIOVESE Red Dry wine 2004 Challenge International du Vin Bronze medal 2008

HELIOS Red Sweet wine

Wine Vintage Competition Prize Year
HELIOS Red Sweet wine 2005 The Real Review Silver medal 2016

ENOTRIA Rose Dry wine

Wine Vintage Competition Prize Year
ENOTRIA Rose Dry wine 2012 Greek Wine Awards Gold medal 2013
ENOTRIA Rose Dry wine 2010 Thessaloniki I.W.S.C. Gold medal 2011
ENOTRIA Rose Dry wine 2009 Thessaloniki I.W.S.C. Silver medal 2010
ENOTRIA Rose Dry wine 2007 Thessaloniki I.W.S.C. Silver medal 2008

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CRETE GREECE, PO 70011
T +30 2810 792017
F +30 2810 792260
M +30 6977 450132

Website: www.cretanwines.gr

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