Greek wine: Idaia wine from Crete: Idaia is a delicious and affordable wine. The Idaia wine comes from a vineyard in Venerato, a village in the heart of the Malevizi area with vineyards and 18 kilometers south of the capital Heraklion in Crete. This area has been known for wine production for centuries. Evidence of this is the ancient Archaic and Roman wine presses, which can still be found there.
The location of the Idaia Winery is 305 meters above sea level and within the wine region of Dafnes. This whole area of hills and valleys, combined with limestone soil, a warm climate and the sea breeze of Crete, is perfect for the growth of the grapes. The sweet wine from this region, during the Venetian and Ottoman times, was called “Malvazia”. Today, not only sweet wines are produced. The company makes both red and white wine. For the red wine, mainly the Kotsifali, Mandilari and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are used and for the white wine the Vilana and Thrapsathiri grapes.