The Vineyards of
The Cretan soil and the region’s microclimate with the mild winters and summers cooled by the sea winds are an ideal ally for the production of our wines. Our grapes are grown with special care in a carefully selected and designed area so as to utilize the most useful elements of the soil and climate in the best possible way.
Michalakis vineyards cover an area of 450 decares and are situated at an altitude of 550-650 meters in the area of St. George Epanosifi. This is a region with a long tradition in viticulture as proven by the historical sites in the area such as the treadle of the Minoan villa in Vathypetro (1600 BC). The cool north winds of the Aegean combined with the altitude offer freshness and health to our grapes.
With regular checks we ensure that each bunch of grapes that remains on the plant is healthy and that the final volume of harvest is limited (550-900 kg/decare).
WITH MODERN METHODS
By combining traditional and modern methods of cultivation in the estate we grow with special care the Cretan varieties Malvasia Aromatica, Plyto, Dafni, Vidiano, Assyrtiko, Moschato Spinas, Vilana, Kotsifali and Mandilari and the international varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The harvest is done by hand and the grapes are placed in small crates that can hold up to 20 kgs.
The period of harvest usually begins with Moschato Spinas in early August and ends with Mandilari in early October.