Lyrarakis Wines

+30 2810 284614 G. Papandreou 92
Heraklion Crete,
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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” Read more »

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  • Mandilaria

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  • Syrah

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  • Not a good time to bring up the Clips again.  Ouch.Okay, Terra d'Oro Barbera from our excursion.  Thought I wouldn't have a lot of thirst after tasting close to 20 wines today (i know, amateur level), but we finished the bottle.  Then my wife's group drank part of a bottle of Lyrarakis Kostifali, a red from Crete that is like a much better versi... Read More

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  • No weird grape varieties tonight, we did that on Wednesday with one bottle of Rioja (not weird) chased by a Cretan Kotsifali from Lyrarakis (that's the winery name).  The Rioja ('04 Faustino Gran Reserva, Decanter's 2013 wine of the year) was a tannic monster, although it mellowed after a few hours.  The Kotsifali was softer and rounder.  My fat... Read More

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  • The world of wine can generally be split into two halves, the familiar and the new, two pieces of a whole that keeps us excited and satisfied. Interestingly there is some similarity between the two. With the familiar we discover new vintages and producers with some regularity, while the new is all based on those moments of discovery. Of course a... Read More

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  • Lyrarakis Dafni 2011


    A bit soapy, and stony, and slighty chemical smelling in a cherry, melon, banana peel and sweet gum sort of way. this smells faintly of balsam with a bit of bone meal thrown in for good measure. After having said all that, this does smell good. Low and broad on the palate with integrated acidity supporting unusual grapefruit, strawberry and chal... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Lyrarakis Dafni 2011


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    Wine review by mark

  • Lyrarakis Dafni 2008


    Serius Wine from an Ancient Type of Grape not so intense to Nose, but explosive in Mouth, Salty, Fruity Spicy Flowery.. Read More

    Wine review by luca chevalier

  • Lyrarakis Last Supper Red 2007


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    Wine review by phalkias

  • Lyrarakis Thrapsathiri Armi Vineyard 2013


    Dark, thick and sweet. Much like a port, at least to my untrained palate. Read More

    Wine review by danmac


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