Mon-Fri. 11.00-19.00 (scheduled tours at 11:00, 13:00 , 15:00 and 17:00)
Sat. 11.00-17.00 (scheduled tours at 11:00 and 13:00 and 15:00)
Sundays and Bank Holidays: closed
AVERAGE DURATION FOR ORGANISED TOUR: 1 1/2 HOURS
A unique experience of flavours, fun and knowledge
The Lyrarakis Estate is a family winery which has been producing high quality wines since 1966 with a strong focus on rare local varieties and producing single variety wines. The family is credited with the revival of two ancient Cretan varieties, Dafni and Plyto while a third “vineyard treasure”, the indigenous Melissaki, is recently added to the credits. Surrounded by the idyllic setting of the vineyards and the Lassithi mountains we offer you the opportunity to enjoy nature and discover local varieties and wines distinguished by the uniqueness of their origin and heritage.
BACCHUS PACKAGE TOUR AND WINE TASTING
The package consists of:
A guided tour of the vineyards and the cellar where wine is aged in oak barrels.
A wine tasting of 6 different labels accompanied by rusk and olives.
The ultimate private wine experience. Start with a visit to the historical wine press of the 14th c. located near the winery. Then enjoy the most exquisite Lyrarakis wines in our atmospheric wine cellar. Try the rarest wine varieties and the best older vintages, accompanied by a premium selection of Cretan cheese and meat delicacies. Use the wine thief to taste our reserve wine directly from the oak barrel and explore the Cretan wealth of aromas and flavours in the most luxurious and delightful way. A personal guide will accompany you during the tour in the vineyards and the tasting introducing you to the Cretan wine heritage. .
(for this option booking is required 24 hours in advance)
With this package you will get the opportunity to approach further the basic principles of wine degustation and food pairing through a unique experimental seminar of tasting balance between wine and food.
*Seminars are held every Wednesday at 13:00 o'clock. (for this option booking is required 24 hours in advance. Minimum booking 2 persons)
Included in all the aforementioned packages is a tasting of "verjuice", a traditional Cretan product made from the juice of fresh unripe grapes.
All the packages are available with transfer for cruise ship passengers.
How to get there
By Car: In order to reach Alagni village from Heraklion, drive south towards Arkalohori/Viannos, 18km past Knossos. It is simpler to choose the new highway leading from Heraklion’s industrial area towards south. Follow the brown street signs along the way and these will lead you to our wine cellar. We suggest caution with the use of GPS navigation systems. View Map
By bus: Our winery is situated in the village of Alagni. The bus stop is located at the entrance to the village. You will then need to walk approx. 1.5km on a rural road in order to reach the visitable winery (cellar and wine tasting venue). A one way trip costs 2,60 EUR per person and a return ticket is worth 5,20 EUR. The bus ride lasts approx. 45 minutes. Bus Service