Lyrarakis Family, first got involved in viticulture and winemaking back in 1966. Today the winery is in the hands of the second generation.

During these dynamic 50 years, the family has put all its effort in the revival of the indigenous Cretan grape varieties, producing wines that highlight their value and notable characteristics.

Lyrarakis Winery is considered  a prioneer of Crete mainly because of the focus of the family on vinificating indigenous varieties as well as their blends with other international varieties.

The multiple international awards and distinctions, in addition to the continuously increasing export activity justify the recognition gained by Lyrarakis Winery worldwide.

The winery’s modern facilities are located in the community of Alagni, in Heraklion, Crete. The wine cellar, where the oak barrels are kept for aging, is open to public, offering visitors a unique tasting experience in front of the family’s 14-hectar vineyard and the gracious Lassithi mountains .


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 us.


Brought up in this environment, in 1966 the founders of the company decided to become professionally involved with the production of wine. The founding of the company was accompanied by planting some of the best local wine varieties, namely the white Vilana, and the reds Kotsifali and Mandilaria. The winery is situated in one of the most noteworthy vineyard regions of Crete, namely at Alagni, Heraklion, the most mountainous village of the appellation area (AOC) of PEZA.


The company only started bottling wines under the Lyrarakis family brand in the early nineties. The first vintage of Lyrarakis was 1992, until then all the production was sold in bulk to major wineries of Greece or abroad.


Today, the company is managed by the second generation. The family vineyard comprises of 14 hectares of gravel soil on limestone and is situated on an average altitude of 550 meters. Since the late eighties special attention is paid to rare Cretan varieties. In particular the white varieties “Dafni” and “Plyto” that have been saved from extinction constitute a source of pride for the vine-grower Manolis Lyrarakis. Vilana, White Muscat and Sauvignon Blanc complement the range of white varieties. As far as the red varieties are concerned, the local Kotsifali, Mandilari, and Black Muscat are complemented by the foreign varieties Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The family and technical team puts a lot of effort into experimenting with smaller batches of other native varieties, in the hope to be able to offer you new exciting wines soon.



 August every year – cultural/musical/gastronomical evening
Red     Red
LYRARAKIS - GEA SA Lyrarakis Red - Last Supper
LYRARAKIS - GEA SA Lyrarakis Mandilari "Plakoura"
LYRARAKIS - GEA SA Lyrarakis Kotsifali PGI
LYRARAKIS - GEA SA Lyrarakis Symbolo 2008

White     White
LYRARAKIS - GEA SA Lyrarakis Plyto "Psarades"
LYRARAKIS - GEA SA DAFNILyrarakis Dafni "Psarades"
LYRARAKIS - GEA SA Lyrarakis Legacy White
LYRARAKIS - GEA SA Lyrarakis Vilana PGI
LYRARAKIS - GEA SA Lyrarakis Malvasia of Crete
LYRARAKIS - GEA SA Lyrarakis - Zazazu
LYRARAKIS - GEA SA Lyrarakis Vilana "Pirovolikes"

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

LYRARAKIS - GEA SA Lyrarakis Thrapsathiri "Armi"

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Contact Person: Lyraraki Katerina
Street: Alagni
State: Heraklion
Municipality: Municipality of Archanes-Asterousia
Area: Location “Kambos”
Postal Code: 70300
Telephone: +30 2810 741482
Cellphone: +30 6981050681
Mon-Fri. 11.00-19.00
(scheduled tours at 11:00, 13:00 , 15:00 and 17:00)
Sat. 11.00-17.00
(scheduled tours at 11:00 and 13:00 and 15:00)

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Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Telephone: +30 2810 741482
Fax: +30 2818 100053
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