Scalarea Estate (Boutari Winery Crete)

Scalarea Estate (Boutari Winery Crete)

Scalarea Estate (Boutari Winery Crete)
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PeterR0we
North Sydney, Australia93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We went for the wine tasting and picnic. This was a superb experience. The wines were of the highest quality and well balanced. The serving of food was very generous and had a wide variety of Cretan. Meats and cheeses. The wine tour was informative and led well to the picnic. The outside area had a fantastic view over the winery in beautiful gardens. I would thoroughly recommend a visit. Also the cellar door prices are cheaper than the supermarket so a great way to stock up on quality wines.
Written June 6, 2024
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851travelbug
California182 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
I live near a world famous wine region and I was a little nervous trying Greek wines since the Greek wines I grew up on was terrible. We booked a wine tour with Winewalkers (5 star, I highly recommend) and we had a wonderful tour. They met us as we pulled up and explained the wine area, pointed to where their grapes are grown, had a lovely video in comfortable lounge chairs, and a great tasting to finish off our tour. We were there at the end of August and it was beautiful but a little breeze.
Written October 2, 2019
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ChardonnayParis10
Paris, France158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
Modern and nice building in the vineyard. Staff is welcoming. We had only the tasting (4€/adult). Good Cretan wines. To be included in your visit list if you decide to make a wine tour in the Heraklion region.
Written August 14, 2017
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Heather R
Cincinnati, OH346 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Couples
Very disappointed in the Boutari winery that I thought would be one of the highlights of our trip. After arriving in Crete, we planned our day around stopping at Knossos and then heading to the Boutari winery to taste, eat lunch and view the movie about winemaking in the region. We followed a tour bus into the parking lot but walked in before the group got off the bus. While a couple staff were setting up for the tour group, we waited around and were completely ignored. Ready for lunch at that time, I approached a girl and asked where the restaurant part of the winery was. She said rudely "there is no restaurant", even though they were setting up snacks for the tour bus. Their website states in advertisement "Gallery? Museum of modern art? Gourmet restaurant? Winery!" so I picked up a brochure that had the same wording and pointed to the restaurant part and asked again. Her response was "that's not a statement, that's a question." Really annoyed, hungry and disappointed in the experience we left to find another winery that would welcome people outside of tour bus groups. Even though our local wine source carries Boutari wines, I will NEVER purchase them because of how horrible our experience was.
For a better wine excursion, follow the many signs to other wineries (there are at least 6 more in the area) and experience authentic Greek wine and culture. Leaving Boutari to end up at Winery Stilianou was something I'll always remember. We drove through a little town, got out at Stilianou and was greeted by an old man, who called his grandson in from pulling grapes to give us the tour. Much more memorable and got to experience true Greek hospitality, not commercialism.
Written May 2, 2014
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sasalice83
england69 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Family
We hired a car in Crete and decided to go into the wine region so buy some wine. We saw the signs for Boutari from the main road so decided to go and look - as we were driving up a big coach was leaving. From the moment we went in we were made to feel unwelcome. When we asked if someone could tell us about the wine and perhaps taste one or two before deciding they looked at us like we were criminals! We were told there was only one we could try and when I asked for some information about it the woman was vague and walked off. We decided to leave as they were so uninterested. I think they rely on people coming on coaches as a stop off on route to a tour stop.
Written October 7, 2013
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fidlfreek
Los Angeles18 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013
We visited the winery today on the recommendation of our resort. We are from California and have done wine tastings at many places around the world, including Napa. I would NOT recommend visiting this winery if you have ever been on a winery tour before. Though we had reservations the staff seemed surprised to see us even though the place was totally empty. Then we were taken on the "tour" which was 5 minutes long by an employee who did not seem as knowledgable as we are. For instance she was unable to tell us more about the non-traditional varietals that were new to us. (That's the interesting part of a tour right? The new stuff...) Now for the kickers. We are seated in a theater, given a 2 oz glass of wine, and told to watch the video. It was 15 minutes of meaningless information in a mishmash of languages that left us feeling like we were kidnapped, drugged, and dropped into a Kubrick film. There was literally 30 seconds of useful information where the narrator tells you how to taste wine. The best part was a random interpretative dance from someone I can only imagine must be related to the director of the film. This was the end of the tour, followed by a hurried tasting of 3 sub-par wines where we were offered no tasting notes and only about 5 ounces of wine total. The dessert wine was OK so we decided to purchase it, upon which we discovered that the tour was 5 euro each and Oh yes, they don't want to take your credit card. What a joke. The setting is picturesque, and if you can just do the tasting without the tour and ridiculous video, go for it.
Written June 11, 2013
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NavyBratToo
Greenville, SC42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Solo
We went on a drive in the country from Heraklion and stopped at this winery. The tasting room itself is a very nice place to sit and try wines. The view of the vineyards and surrounding area is spectacular. The staff were very helpful. Overall, we had a nice, relaxing stop and tasted some interesting wines. We bought a couple of bottles and they were well worth the price.
Written July 20, 2017
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Pan K
San Jose, United States21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016
We had a great experience tasting the unique Creatan wines. We ended up buying two of the port ones (Moschato Spinas and Iouliatiko / Liatiko)

The staff was courteous and friendly. They even let us try a couple of other wines that were not included in the tasting.

The short tour and video around the the winery provided us with useful information about Cretan wine.
Written September 8, 2016
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DoctorDeb226
Key West, FL68 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Couples
Visited Santos winery first, it was to die for, beautiful location and fabulous wines. We visited many other wineries and found the all lovely. we were very under impressed with Boutari, the location, it was very hot in the building and Unattractive, very small pours for the amount of money that you pay for the food and wine pairing. Skip this one there so many better wineries to visit.
Written June 22, 2016
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Marina P
Memphis, TN9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016
I am in the wine business in the U.S. and thought it would be fun to do a winery visit while visiting Crete. Boutari is one of the wines I carry and I enjoyed being able to see their facility. We had some trouble figuring out how to book a tasting on the website, so we just showed up unannounced. They were very courteous and did their best to accomodate us despite the large group of cruise ship customers who were also there. We bought a couple of bottles to take home for our family dinner later that night! I would recommend the visit, but I would definitely suggest leaving them an E-mail to set up something in advance.
Written May 28, 2016
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