The Alexakis Winery is a family-run business located outside Heraklion in Crete. The company’s executives are Stelios Alexakis, oenologist and chemical engineer, and founder of the company in the 1970s, his wife Sofia and their children, Lazaros and Apostolos, holders of degrees in oenology from the University of Florence and from Fresno, California respectively. With their innovative ideas and know-how, they manage production, design and implement plans for the winery’s future development, with full respect to the heritage entrusted to them by the first generation.
It is the largest private winery in Crete, with a storage capacity of 16 million liters. In recent years, Alexakis Winery started exporting to the United States under the brand name Alexakis and to Russia and China under a private label.
For decades, the Alexakis Winery has been collaborating with almost all of the island’s grape growers, while learning the particular varieties, soils and micro-climates of Cretan vineyards. Based on this knowledge, they have been able to choose the vineyards having the ideal soil for each grape variety used, to produce the best wine. Guided by the quality of the grapes, our work starts in the field.
Tour and tasting of four wines accompanied by a meal of cold Cretan dishes
The tour includes:
• A guided tour of the winery’s production facilities.
• A guided tour through a vineyard of the white grape variety Malvasia Aromatica covering an area of half a hectare.
• A video presentation produced by “Wines of Crete” regarding Cretan vineyards and their wineries. The presentation is held in one of the two wine tasting halls with a capacity of 30 or 50 persons in the following languages: Greek, English, French, German, Russian, or Chinese.
• A wine tasting-session (during the video projection) of four wines: Alexakis Kariki red, from Mandilari and Kotsifali grape varieties; Alexakis Kariki white, from Assyrtiko and Athiri grape varieties; Alexakis Vidiano, from the Vidiano grape variety; Alexakis red from Kotsifali and Syrah grape varieties.
• A tasting-session of the following Cretan products:
• Meligyris honey (a mixture of pine, thyme, and sage honey), extra virgin olive oil of the 2015 harvest (organic and conventional) accompanied by traditional paximadi, Cretan anthotiro, and organic salt.
• A meal of cold Cretan dishes.