What a fantastic day out we had visiting the Lyrarakis Winery. Mrs Lyrarakis and Persephone were so warm and welcoming. They made the tour feel very personal and special to us and yet I'm sure the many hundreds of people who work through their doors all feel the same.
It was great to see the actual vines and gain an understanding of all the different varieties. It was so quiet and peaceful up there in Alagni.
We had visited another winery in Crete last year and enjoyed that, at the time we tried about 4 different wines so imagine our surprise when we were given around 10 bottles to try at Lyrarakis and not a bad wine among them.
A local lady had prepared some cretan nibbles as well which were outstanding. We could have sat their all day chatting and sampling the goods.
The wine is excellent! We bought 4 bottles to take away and within the next 4 days we had drunk them all. We ended up buying another one of theirs from the hotel shop and another in the airport on the way home. I wish we could buy it over here in the north of England. I seriously considered petitioning Waitrose and M&S to get some in.
If you like a dry red, try their Mandilari it is outstanding.
A massive thanks to Mrs Lyrarakis and Persephone, it was one of our favourite experiences in Crete.
Hope to see you again soon
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