PGI Crete

The zone of PGI Crete, established in 1989, comprises the four districts of the island: Lasithi, Heraklion, Rethymnon and Chania. Crete is the biggest and southernmost Greek island. Its vineyards, in close contact with olive trees, is developed from the most eastern to the most western end but almost always on the northern side. It is, thus, protected from the warm winds of the Libyan Sea and furthermore, it receives the beneficial breeze of the Aegean and Cretan Seas.
Crete hosts Europe’s most historic vineyard -if not the world’s. Its presence and active contribution to the productive and social life of the island has been continuous and documented by the archaeological and historical research, from the early Minoan times to the present day. PGI Crete is, after PGI Peloponnese, the second most developed PGI wine region. Nearly all white (Athiri, Vilana, Vidiano, Daphne Thrapsathiri, Malvasia di Cantia, Muscat of Spina, Plyto) and red (Kotsifali, Liatiko, Mandilaria, Romeiko) Cretan varieties are found in its wide range of PGI Crete wines, either on their own or in blends with foreign varieties. Wines of PGI Crete are produced by 41 wineries within the zone and, with the stipulated joint ventures, by four additional ones outside it.

Wine types

  • Dry, medium dry, medium sweet white
  • Dry, medium dry, medium sweet rosé
  • Dry, medium dry, medium sweet red