Type: White, dry
Category: Protected Geographical Indication (PGI)
Varieties: Vidiano
Producer: Michalakis Estate
Region: Heraklio


Region: Partheni, Heraklion Crete
Vineyards: Mountain vineyards of the estate at an altitude of 600 meters.
Hand Harvest: End of August 2021.
Alcohol Content: 12,5% by Vol.
Vinification: Cold meceration is applied for 4 to 6 hours at 4°C. After pressing and clarification,
fermentation is carried out in temperature controlled stainless steel vats at 13-16°C.
Maturation in its fine lees by the method of Battonage.
Sensory Characteristics: White-yellow with light green edges.
White peach, green apple, lime and quince aromas.
Exuberant, with a metal character, fresh and dry fruit flavors, lime and lemon peel. Well balanced
with persistent long aftertaste.
Harmony of flavors: Smoked and in oily fish, shells, white meats and ripe cheeses.

The term “top obscure” could have been invented for Greek grape varieties like Vidiano. It is a white grape variety coming from Crete, used to produce white dry whites, sometimes aged in oak. Vidiano has been introduced to commercial production over the last decade. Producers agree on a tremendous quality potential, so essentially this is history in the making.

Vidiano originates from the prefecture of Rethymno but now new plantings spread out, not only to Crete but in other regions of mainland Greece as well. The cultivation of Vidiano vines is pretty much work in progress, with producers facing a very steep learning curve. However, it seems that it is a variety that responds badly to high yields, producing grapes that lack structure. It would be interesting to see Vidiano grown in much cooler climates and/or higher altitudes, despite the fact that it is a late ripener.

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In the heart of Crete, on the hilltops surrounded by nature where history unfolds by the moist and refreshing winds of the Aegean, you will find the vineyards and the Michalakis winery. Here, in one end of the valley where the wine-press of Vathypetro stands untouched by time since 2500 BC while nature takes care of our vineyards in the other end.

On the slopes of the valley where the history of wine spans centuries, in an altitude of 550 meters lies a unified hilly area of 430 stremmata (decares) that used to be a terroir (group of vineyards) from Megalo Metoxi of the St. George Epanosifi Monastery. This is now the Michallakis estate and you will have to travel a distance of 32 km. from Heraklion to visit us.

The « Michalakis Estate» is a precious gem of Cretan winery, which other than the production of high quality wines is required to link the cultural heritage of Cretan nutrition with tourism while at the same time it openly invites all new consumers of Cretan wine.

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