Lyrarakis Wines - GEA SA


“Lyrarakis Wines” is a family winery, established on the island of Crete, Greece, in 1966. During these five dynamic decades of continuous evolution, the family has devoted itself to the revival of indigenous, almost extinct, rare grape varieties of Crete like Dafni, Plyto, Melissaki and others, vinificating wines that highlight their value and distinctive character.

Undoubtedly there is no Cretan family which, in the course of time, has not been directly involved in the production of wine. For the inhabitants of the island this product has been, and will remain, the most beloved of all goods, which the Cretan soil bountifully offers.

Brought up in this environment,the Lyrarakis brothers established the winery in the place of the family’s origin; a gifted plateau, in the heart of the prefecture of Heraklion, in a village called Alagni. Motivated by their love for the Cretan land, they started producing wine just like their ancestors did before them, impelled by a vision that the family holds till today: Preserving and promoting the Cretan wine heritage.  Today, the winery is managed by the second generation of Lyrarakis family.

During those five decades, the family has devoted itself to the revival of indigenous, almost extinct, Cretan grape varieties, vinificating wines  that highlight their distinctive character. In the early ninenties, the family initiated the revival of two indigenous white grape varieties, Plyto and Dafni, by planting them in the  “Psarades” family vineyard, while a third revival was more recently added to their credits. Melissaki, an indigenous variety almost lost and completely forgotten, was planted in the vineyard “Gero-deti” in 2010.

Besides the 3 revived white varieties (Plyto, Dafni and Melissaki), Thrapsathiri, Vidiano, Vilana, Muscat of Spina and the Aegean super star Assyrtiko complement the range of white varieties that Lyrarakis wineryoffers. As for the red varieties, the local Kotsifali, Mandilari and Liatiko are complemented by the international Syrah that flourishes in the Cretan vineyards and soil.

The winery’s facilities are located in the community of Alagni, in Heraklion, Crete, at an altitude of 480m. The wine cellar, where the oak barrels are kept for aging, first opened its doors to visitors in 2008, offering unique wine tasting experiences in front of the family’s vineyard and the imposing Lassithi mountains.  The visiting cellar operates  daily from April until October and visitors get the chance to enjoy tours in the vineyards, cellar and the winery’s vine museum as well as wine tastings  guided by professional sommeliers  and paired with authentic Cretan flavours.

 

The multiple international awards and distinctions, in addition to the continuously increasing export activity justify the recognition gained by Lyrarakis Winery worldwide. In total, Lyrarakis wines are exported to 29 countries including Europe, Russia, China, USA, Canada, Japan, Australia and N. Zealand and more.

All Lyrarakis Wines are Vegan Certified.

Red     Red
Lyrarakis Wines - GEA SA Lyrarakis Red - Last Supper
Lyrarakis Wines - GEA SA Lyrarakis Mandilari "Plakoura"
Lyrarakis Wines - GEA SA Lyrarakis Kotsifali PGI
Lyrarakis Wines - GEA SA Lyrarakis Symbolo

White     White
Lyrarakis Wines - GEA SA Lyrarakis Plyto "Psarades"
Lyrarakis Wines - GEA SA DAFNILyrarakis Dafni "Psarades"
Lyrarakis Wines - GEA SA Lyrarakis Legacy White
Lyrarakis Wines - GEA SA Lyrarakis Vilana PGI
Lyrarakis Wines - GEA SA Lyrarakis Malvasia of Crete
Lyrarakis Wines - GEA SA Lyrarakis - Zazazu
Lyrarakis Wines - GEA SA Lyrarakis Assyrtiko "Voila
Lyrarakis Wines - GEA SA Lyrarakis Vilana "Pirovolikes"
Lyrarakis Wines - GEA SA Lyrarakis Thrapsathiri "Armi"

Rosé     Rosé
Lyrarakis Wines - GEA SA Lyrarakis Legacy Rose
Lyrarakis Wines - GEA SA Lyrarakis Mandilari Rose PGI

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Contact Person: Lyraraki Katerina
Street: Alagni
State: Heraklion
Municipality: Municipality of Archanes-Asterousia
Area: Location “Psarades”
Postal Code: 70300
Telephone: +30 2810 289814 (int.9420)
Cellphone: +30 6981050681
E-mail: visit@lyrarakis.com
Visit Hours: OPENING HOURS for APRIL - OCTOBER
 
Mon-Sat. 11.00-19.00 
(scheduled tours at 12:00, 13:00, 15:00 and 17:00)


Contact Info:
 GEA SA – LYRARAKIS WINES
Alagni
70300
Heraklion, Crete, Greece
 
Telephone: +30 2810 298914
Fax: +30 2818 100053
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