PGI Heraklion

The PGI Heraklion zone (est.1989) comprises the homonymous district in Crete’s central eastern part. Zone vineyards must be planted at altitudes exceeding 30m.

With three wine zones (PDO Archanes, PDO Dafnes and PDO Peza), Heraklion is Crete’s winegrowing area par excellence as well as one of Greece’s most significant ones. The systematic efforts by Heraklion winegrowers to maintain and showcase the native Cretan varieties have been successful and that is flagged by the generous 2008 revision. According to the revision, the PGI Heraklion zone can now include in its vine selection such varieties as Vidiano, Daphne, Thrapsathiri and Plyto. So far, 11 of the numerous wineries do produce PGI Heraklion wines but it is certain that more will soon be following suit.


Athiri, Vilana, Vidiano, Daphne, Thrapsathiri, Muscat White, Plyto, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Silvaner, Kotsifali, Kotsifoliatiko, Liatiko, Ladikino, Mandilaria, Grenache Rouge, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Merlot, Mourvèdre, Syrah.
Wine types

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