Dafnes Heraklion Crete Greece

Dafnes of Heraklion, a village with tradition in viticulture

The village of Dafnes is very old, probably dates back to the 11th century. It is located south of Heraklion in a distance of 18 km and an altitude of 320 meters. It is one of the many villages in the prefecture of Heraklion and has a population of about 1,500 inhabitants.

The organization of important events in the village is quite remarkable every year (wine festival, theatrical performances, tastings, traditional food, etc.). Moreover, there are many folk musicians in the village, contributing in their own way in preserving the musical tradition.

The main occupation of the inhabitants is agriculture. Nowadays, in Dafnes, there are grown 3.500 acres of sultana grape and 1.000 acres of vines that produce 2.000 tons of wine annually. In the village there are around 70 traditional distilleries that produce the traditional alcoholic beverage “Raki”.

As we can find in historical documents, the famous wine from Dafnes has been known since 1271. This product has been and continues to be one of the main products of the village.

Dafnes besides the name of the village is an indication of origin as well. All the wines that are produced from the variety "Liatiko", in the region of Dafnes with specific vinification method are indicated as “DAFNES Protected Designation of Origin (P.D.O.)”.

Cretan grape variety Mandilari

Mandilari is an ancient  indigenous Cretan variety.


Cretan grape variety Vidiano

An old indigenous cultivar, which is also mentioned as "Avidiano". Vines of Vidiano were scattered among other varieties in the old vineyards of Crete. It is a vigorous and productive variety, late-ripening in the Dafnes vineyard and resistant to heat. Vidiano gives us wines with rich, fruity aromas, full body and balanced acidity.


Greek wine

In Greece there are many wine regions such as the Peloponnese, Crete, Evea, Macedonia, Thessaly, Thrace...



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