In a location of exceptional beauty in Crete, lays the newer contemporary winery and estate of Boutari Company. In fact, the beauty of the estate is so great that it is named Fantaxometocho or “Ghosts’ Cottage”, a name which according to tradition was given by its ex-owner, who had spread the rumor that ghosts were residing in the estate, to save it from pirate invasions!
How can we introduce visitors to Boutari Winery’s profile?
The “journey” of the Boutari Company – one of the most historical wine-making industries of Greece – which was founded in 1879 in Naoussa Imathias,.but its latest ornament, the winery in Crete, started its operation in 2004 with the first vines planted in the early ’90s.
At 215 meters of altitude and aiming to feature the dynamic’s of Cretan wine, the estate’s vineyard contains local and international varieties,.while previously it had been operating as “experimental”, cultivating varieties like Mavrotragano, Assyrtiko and Aidani to observe their adjustment and final efficiency.
All the above lead the firm Boutari to become and remain the synonym of quality and innovation for the viticultural region of Peza.
What should the visitors expect to experience in Boutari Winery?
During their visit, wine-lovers will be guided through the winery’s cellar and the impressive tasting room,.where they will have the chance to taste the estate’s current and past vintages as well as experimental vinifications accompanied by Cretan cuisine.
Tour and Tasting of 3 labels (Fantaxometocho, Simio Stixis Rose, Iouliatiko) along with Cretan crispbreads.
• Price: 8 euros / person
Tour and Tasting of 3 labels (Fantaxometocho, Scalarea and Simio Stixis Rose) along with Cretan crispbreads and deli meats.
• Price: 11 euros / person
Tour and Tasting of 5 labels from Boutari’s wineries across the country.(Oropedio, Fantaxometocho, Naoussa Boutari, Scalarea, and Iouliatiko) along with Cretan crispbreads, kolokithokeftedes, dolmades, and graviera.
• Price: 28 euros / person
- VAT is included in the above prices
Finally, the company has created Scalani Hills Residences inside its estate, for those who wish to spend the night in a wonderful environment encircled by 7 hectares of vines and olive trees. Three luxurious rooms named after the know varieties Kotsifali, Malvasia and Liatiko,.that blend naturally with the surrounding landscape, are waiting to host winery’s visitors. For reservations at Scalani Hills Residences click HERE.
Monday to Sunday → 10:00 to 18:00 by appointment from November to April
Boutari Winery (Scalani, ZIP 70100, Heraklion) is located outside the village of Scalani, only 8 km away from the center of Heraklion city.
Telephones: +30 2810731899, 2810731617, 2310391846 • Email: email@example.com • Website: www.boutari.gr
Which two labels should visitors take with them, as a reminder of their visit?
Definitely white Fantaxometocho and the red Scalarea, both from the company’s own vineyards with the P.G.I. Heraklion indication.
Fantaxometocho is a complex blend of Vidiano, Athiri, Chardonnay, Moscato Spinas, and Malvasia Aromatica. It is a dry wine that matures with his fine lees for 5 months and stands out for its bright yellow-white color and greenish tints. Its scent is intense and expressive with melon, apricot, pineapple, citrus and lemon flower aromas framed with sweet ripen hints of honey and jasmine. It’s balanced full-bodied leads up to a lasting aftertaste. Matches perfectly with aromatic salads, potherbs and appetizers like dolmades gialantzi with zucchini flowers,.fish and sea-foods as mussel pilaf, snails, white meats with white sauces and fatty aromatic cheeses.
Scalarea is the combination of the local variety Kotsifali with the cosmopolitan Syrah. It has matured in French and American barrels for 12 months and its color is remarkably deep red with vivid purple highlights. The wine glass is overflown with rich aromas of ripening fruits, raspberry,.cherry and plum mixed up pleasantly with the aromas of oak, chocolate, and roasted coffee. It is an exuberant wine with structure and balance between fruit and wood that ends up to a long fruity aftertaste. This label is an ideal date for grill meats, deli meats with leek,.veal with red sauce, spicy dishes and platters with aged cheeses.
What are the highlights of the wider region that visitors should not miss?
Boutari winery in Scalani is located near the city of Heraklion, the capital of Crete. It’s a city full of life no matter what time of the year you visit, having various sights satisfying every taste. Just 4 km away from the estate lies the significant archaeological site of Knossos,.an important attraction for thousands of tourists every year.
On the other side, the village near the winery is also lively with traditional taverns, coffee shops and every necessary element for memorable vacations. At Scalani, the visitor can admire the pine forest of St. Eirini in Spilia,.the Siganos’ Mill which is located inside the canyon of Karteros – Scalaniotiko as well as the “Municipal Vegetable Garden” in the village.
Finally, the discovery of the first winery dated in 1,600 B.C. in the area of Vathipetro is worth being mentioned as it is a stop that no wine-tourist trip should skip.
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