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Secret Aromas of Cretan Wines Holiday in Crete

Join Petassos in a trip through Dionysos juices in time and place, a trip for wine tasting and acquaintance with the Cretan terroir in the most famous wine-area of Crete. The indigenous Cretan grape varieties are well incorporated, since centuries, in the natural environment of the island and express the richness (in flavours) of the land which had nourished them. Those are the elements to be discovered by the travelers of Petassos, at this eight hours trip, in the heart of the viticultural area of Heraklion.


  • Visit Venetian or Minoan wine presses
  • Walk around wine fields in Houdetsi village
  • Tasting of Cretan wines accompanied with paximadi and cheese
  • Cooking lessons with local cooks in a traditional tavern and lunch
  • Initiation in the tasting room of Mesarmi
  • 1 night's accommodation


2 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Heraklion International Airport (Nikos Kazantzakis Airport)
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How many secrets are in reality hidden in the grape and in the cultivation of the vine?

A glass of wine includes the aroma of the florescence of the vine and the herbs which grow on its border, the taste of the ripen grape that the picker tastes before throwing it in the bucket, the sound of the viticulturers steps and the pickers laughs, the touch on the shoots which is either soft or violent, the sight which is lost in the extended green (canopy) and calms the spirit.

The wine is a result of senses but is as well enjoyed with them. Each of the senses has its own role, the sight corresponds to the colour, the smell to the aromas, the taste to the flavours, the touch to the mouth feel, but what about the hearing?

In the secret aromas of wine, is hidden the term of terroir, which corresponds to the soil, climate, cultivation and personality factors, that make a wine unique, means with identity.


Day 1

  • 09.30 - 17.30 : Houdetsi village - walks around the fields - wine testing
  • Starting location for guiding: Houdetsi village
  • Return location: Houdetsi village

Provisional programme

  • Initiation in the theme in the tasting room MesarmiI which is located at the entrance of the village. Visiting the Venetian or Minoan wine presses and getting involved in the cultivation of a traditional Cretan vineyard. The participants are going back to the tasting room where a tasting of Cretan wines accompanied with paximadi and cheese will be provided. The trip ends with a meal consisted of local specialties.
  • Distance covered by car: 0 km
  • Distance of trekking / walking: 5 km

Day 2

  • 09.30 - 15.00 : Houdetsi - cooking lessons

Provisional programme

  • Breakfast
  • Cooking lessons with local cooks in a traditional tavern and lunch
  • Distance covered by car: 65 km
  • Distance of trekking / walking: 0


Houdetsi village is located in Creta, in a distance of 20 km south of the airport and port of the city of Heraklion, in 450 m altitude. The population of the village is 1100 people. It is a traditional village of great beauty, which continuously grows and has many buildings of traditional architecture.

What's included

  • 1 breakfast
  • 1 night accommodation in double room on 3* hotels or traditional apartment with 3* facilities
  • 2 brunches
  • 2 meals
  • A cook for the cooking lesson on 2nd day
  • A manual in English for each traveler (with references, texts, photos, maps etc)
  • Cooking lessons
  • Extra guide for the next day (English or French speaker)
  • Entrance fees to museums and organized archaeological sites
  • Guiding by a specialist Enologist (English and French speaker)
  • Tasting room of Mesarmi
  • Personal Insurance
  • Water

What's not included

  • Beverage (soft drinks)
  • Driver
  • Personal expenses, tips, visas cost, taxes
  • Rucksack, trekking poles
  • Tours to organised archaeological sites
  • Translator
  • Transfer from/to Crete
  • Transfer to the starting point of the trips & return
  • Transportation to the sites of the trip

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Heraklion International Airport (Nikos Kazantzakis Airport) Airport transfer included: Heraklion International Airport (Nikos Kazantzakis Airport) No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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