List of products by manufacturer Lyrarakis Winery
Brought up in an environment that revolved around the production of grapes and wine, the founders of the company decided to become professionally involved with the production of wine as early as 1966. 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- 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, with the first vintage in 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 is comprised of 14 hectares of gravel soil on limestone and is situated on an average altitude of 550 meters. Since the late eighties, special attention has been 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 reds are concerned, the local Kotsifali, Mandilari, and Black Muscat are complemented by the international 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 of being able to offer new exciting wines.
Lyrarakis Wines is recognized as the leading quality producer on the island, focusing on the use of native varieties either on their own or in blends with foreign varieties and as such they have won numerous international awards and are exported in most of the European countries and in North America. The winery has a beautiful tasting-visit center at their cellar.
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