Lyrarakis Winery
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11:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
11:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
11:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
11:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
11:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
11:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
11:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
11:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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The Lyrarakis Estate is a family winery which has been producing high quality wines since 1966 with a strong focus on rare local varieties and producing single variety wines. Surrounded by the idyllic setting of the vineyards and the Lassithi mountains we offer you the opportunity to enjoy nature and discover local varieties abd wines distinguished by the uniqueness of their origin and heritage.
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Monoboy1
Salt Lake City, UT48 contributions
Oct 2021
Amazing vineyards, wines and homage to Native, Historic and in some cases Ancient varietals. Very approachable wines in both flavor and price and such professionals in conducting tastings. Suitcase was a lil' heavier than normal transiting in JFK yesterday. The Bacchus tasting is the way to go and don't be shy, order a plate or two including their zucchini croquettes or their riff on Cretan Dakos is outstanding. Highly recommend a visit here.
Written November 5, 2021
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Dear Monoboy1, Thank you for visiting Lyrarakis Winery and taking the time to review us here on Tripadvisor. Respecting, preserving and promoting the wealth of the indigenous varieties and the vineyards of Crete is based at the core of our philosophy. Having our quests leave our cellar with such font memories is our true aim. Hope the wines you brought back to the US will bring back some of them when you drink them. Once again, thank you for coming by. We hope to have the chance to host you again in the future. Until then, the warmest regards from all of us here at Lyrarakis team
Written February 2, 2022
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GCowart59
Portland, OR27 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
We booked the picnic experience and it was fantastic! Irena gave us great information on the wines and seated us at a picnic table surrounded by vineyards and gorgeous views. The picnic basket food was better than anything I could imagine. Local meats and cheeses, a gyro, fried zucchini and dessert was some of it. It was a cool, windy day and they already had blankets at the table if needed. We tasted glass pours of two whites and two reds after being welcomed with a glass of sparkling wine. This is one of the best value experiences I have had in many winery visits around the world. I really liked the fact that all this was able to be booked online. Made it super easy to visit at the last minute. Thanks for a really fun visit!
Written May 23, 2022
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Abigail Barker-O’Neill
Cornwall, UK13 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
Me and my boyfriend came today for his birthday and we were looked after by two amazing girls (the wine has meant I’ve forgotten names but the first girl met us at the start dressed in black with red sunglasses and the second was a girl in white who looked after us during the picnic)! The vineyard is gorgeous and all of the wines were phenomenal - they even catered to vegan and brought a mini birthday cake for my partner. The wine is very well priced if you want to buy afterwards and I’d recommend using the transfer they suggest - Angela was lovely and made the trip much easier.

Thankyou to everyone who looked after us, we will definitely be back next time we come to Crete! Xx
Written August 3, 2022
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Eonas
Charlestown, RI3 contributions
Nov 2022 • Solo
I was very disappointed, I arranged ahead of time and as I was carless it took some doing . The setting was beautiful it was a beautiful day and my trip there involved a bus and a beautiful walk (about 90 min total travel) George the “tasting guide” was distracted and completely uninterested. There was 1 couple there when I arrived they had finished their tasting but it seemed that George also ignored them . He poured the wines recited a short paragraph and left I tried to engage him in discussion about the vineyard itself but: nothing and would just disappear we were only about half way through when he wanted to call for my taxi although I was in no rush. total visit time maybe 20 min. I did notice that 2 Greek women came as I was finishing and he spent a long time talking w them before even pouring. I have never felt so unwelcomed as a paying (18 euro for 7 tastes) tourist.I have done tastings around the world.His English was perfect so I do not think it was a language barrier.The wines were “ok” although the whites were not chilled adequately. There are other vineyards to choose from.
Written November 17, 2022
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darren
Tadworth, UK5 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
A fantastic experience. We started with an informative trip through the vineyard and then sat down at an amazing covered area with serene views over the vineyards and distant mountains, when we were served a small glass of eight different wines, along with nibbles. The waitress informed us of each of the wines and the service was very good and excellent value. It was a wonderful experience and one not to be missed.
Written June 5, 2022
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Joe P
Houston, TX186 contributions
Jun 2022
We enjoyed a tasting of 7 premium wines at a very reasonable price of 18 euros/pp. The tasting is outdoors under a beautiful covering with an outstanding open view to the adjacent vineyards. The hosts are friendly and knowledgeable, and the meat and cheese pairings are excellent. Highly recommended!
Written June 26, 2022
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Katerina
Boston, MA11 contributions
Aug 2020
What an amazing place to spend an evening with friends! We visited the Winery in August 2020 with a group of friends (5 adults in total) and we had the best time ever!

We arrived just before sunset and we had a private tour of the winery with one of the owners. What a delight!

He showed all the different types of grapes, talked to us about the production, gave us insights about the numerous variety of wines and vineyards ... during the tour, we saw some people having a private dinner in the vineyard. It was so romantic and exclusive!

The indoor area was really impressive, with all the barrels on the floor and a photo gallery on the walls.

We visited the winery with no kids, however, there was so much space for the kids to play around. All safe!

We tried many different wine varieties ... at the end, we lost count! All wines had distinct aromas and flavors. We could smell the fruitiness with our nose!

During the wine tasting, we were offered plenty of food... fresh ingredients, local specialities, incredibly large portions, all DELICIOUS!

Thank you so much Lyrarakis Winery for the amazing memories!
Written March 26, 2021
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Thank you so much for your kind comments and review! It makes us really happy when our quests leave with such fond memories. We put a lot of love and attention in what we do and reviews like yours are our motivation and our reward. Thank you once again for visiting Lyrarakis winery. We hope to welcome you again in the future. Greeting from Crete and Lyrarakis team
Written June 9, 2021
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chrisfulcer
Franksville, WI101 contributions
Oct 2022
Extremely disappointed. Because this is such a well-known winery, we thought this would be a good tour. We were extremely disappointed in the tour guide and felt it was more like she was reciting a page out of a book or from the internet. The wine was really disappointing in that it was all very dry; no other options. Once they poured a sampling into your glass, the next wine was poured into the same glass! Then the host would give a quick explanation of the wine and that was it. After five samplings, I could not tell you which wine was which. Very poor selection.
Written October 13, 2022
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Aug 2021 • Couples
I have a lot of positives and negatives for this winery. The place was really nice and the people there were really kind with us. Unfortunately, even if we tasted a lot of their wines 8 of them actually, none of them seemed to be something amazing or unique that they keeped talking and talking about. And we were really sad because we couldn't pick the ones we actually wanted to taste. They had specific wines for bringing to the people that were tasting, which is not something bad, but from my point of view its a good idea to let also the people choose what they want, cause this way we maybe could find something that it was worth it. Another thing that made us really sad was that all of the wines that we tasted, had a lot but i mean a lot of sulfites and so from the second wine and after we had a terrible headache which is not something we are used on when we taste wines. So even if they told us that they are using sustainable ways in their cultivation in order to make their wines, that wasn't what we actually tasted. Something else i wanted to add, when you say that you are making a biodynamic cultivation you have to actually fulfill some requirements and have a specific certification for that. So since you don't, i advise you not to say anything about that.
The wine tasting also lasted 3 hours for 8 wines something that made us a lot tired. The food was really good but not an extraordinary quality, to be that expensive. And nobody also brought us any price list, to see the full range of the products with their prices.So we just saw only the wines that were inside, behind the office were we paid. I'm writing all this not to highlight that everything was bad, just to say that we were unfortunately really disappointed from a winery that has a long history of winemaking, they should do more.
Written August 14, 2021
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Dear Mr. Papadopoulos, Thank you for visiting our winery and taking the time to share your experience with us. We are really sorry to see that you were disappointed with your visit. We do appreciate your comments and take all of them into consideration for the improvement of our services. Please allow me to mention, for any users that might read this, that we do not claim to be practicing biodynamic cultivation not to have a Biodynamic certificate. Although we are very interested in it, we experiment and research many different methods, including but not limited to some BD practices, trying to find the best match for our reality and the characteristics of the Cretan vineyards. Once again, we thank you for your feedback and hope to have the chance to meet your expectations in a future visit. Greetings and warms wishes from Crete
Written February 2, 2022
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Citizen of Gaia
Il Gzira, Malta120 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Great hospitality from Yiorgos who showed us the vineyards and cellars and explained all about the winemaking process, indigenous grape varieties, history of the winery etc. Then we had a great lunch with traditional local produce and tasted several wines. The white single vineyard ones are world class wines, very diverse and interesting. Must try Thrapsathiri, Dafni and Plyto. Very unique reds too, from the lighter liatiko to the big mandilari and the alpha wine of the winery, Symbolo, which is produced only in exceptional years.

Definitely a quality producer in Crete, focusing in indigenous varieties and experimental vineyards and techniques, producing some really distinct and yummy wines. A must visit if you are in Crete.
Written September 2, 2021
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Dear citizenofgaia, Thank you for visiting our winery and for taking the time to share this review with us. We are happy to see that you enjoyed your overall experience at Lyrarakis winery and we truly hope to have to chance to host you again in the future. Warm greetings from all of us at Lyrarakis team!
Written February 2, 2022
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