Wine Journalists and professionals visited Crete

“Wines of Crete” hosted fam trips on the Cretan wine to international wine professionals and journalists. The guests of “Wines of Crete”, visited vineyards and tasted P.G.I. wines from Chania, Rethymno, Sitia P.D.O. area Peza and P.D.O. area Dafnes in Heraklion. There was blind winetasting on the indigenous varieties of Crete, so the guests could get to know the other side of Crete, the wine-gastronomical side. There was also a vineyard tour all over the island, from Western to the Eastern Crete. There was a particular interest on the monovarietal wines that highlighted especially the characteristics of the Cretan terroir.

The first guest was Kelly White, one of the top sommeliers according to Food & Wine Magazine and members of the Guild of Sommeliers. Mrs White visited wineries all over Greece she requested to visit the island and to taste the indigenous varieties of Crete.

Japan journalists, also visited Crete, due to a mission organized by Wines of Crete, with the important aid of the Region of Crete and in collaboration with Enterprise Greece. In this mission 7 journalists from the magazines Vinotheque, Shuhan News -Japanese Journal of Sake and Wine, and from the Japanese Airlines (JAL), had the chance to know the Cretan history and the Cretan way of life and enjoyed Cretan cuisine and wine.

Wines of Crete, also organized a fam trip for two wine journalists from USA, Levi Dalton and his assistant Erin Ashley Barbour, an action funded from European Union and Greece. Their trip started with a master class in Chania on the Cretan Wines. USA is one of the most important markets for the Greek Wine. The presence of the Greek wine and particular the Cretan Wine increases every year. This is the fifth year that “Wines of Crete” targets on the USA market, as a strategic goal of the winemakers of Crete.

The Polish journalists Mariusz Jerzy Κapczyński and Tomasz Prange-Barczyński also visited Crete to tasted Cretan Wines. Mr Kapczyński is one of the most important wine journalists in Poland and he is aware of the Greek wines. Mr Prange-Barczyński is co-owner at the ‘Magazyn Wino’ magazine, journalist, consultant and judge in International wine contests. Poland is a market that the Cretan winemakers are interested in, and this was a good start.

Wines of Crete continue to promote the Cretan wine and open new markets. Next fam trip will be with the Collaboration of the Region of Crete, hosting Susan Kostrzewa, from the «Wine Enthusiast» this September. Stay tuned at

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