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OiNotika Cretan Wine Fair Returns to Athens

The OiNotika Cretan Wine Fair will return to Athens, after a 2-year absence, for its annual meeting with food and beverage (F&B) professionals and the city’s residents and visitors.

Wine lovers are invited to the Athenaeum InterContinental Hotel on October 31 to meet representatives of 31 Cretan wineries with over 300 labels from local and international varieties available to taste.

Visitors at the fair organized by the Wines of Crete association will have the opportunity to discover a wide range of varieties and aromas like Vidiano’s apricot aroma, Liatiko’s strawberry sweetness, Kotsifali’s plum fragrances, Romeiko’s blueberry essence and Vilana’s lemon -scented acidity among other treasures of the Cretan vineyard.

The Cretan winemaking industry has showcased considerable growth through a series of local collaborations and synergies which began in 2006.

Since then the new generation of Cretan wines have managed numerous accolades and mentions in Greece and abroad and are now considered an integral part of the famous Mediterranean Cretan cuisine.

Wines of Crete have showcased at world -renowned wine fairs like PROWEIN and the London Wine Fair while they also hosted journalists, sommeliers and wine experts from the US and the United Kingdom in Crete to promote their local varieties and labels of bottled wine. Following their fam trip many hailed the Cretan wine industry as one of the most promising which will soon rival some of the most famous wine regions of the world.

All grape varieties that currently produce Cretan wines are cultivated in the zone of PGI (Protected Geographical Inidcation) Crete which was established in 1989. According to Wines of Crete, Crete hosts one of Europe’s most historic vineyards. Its presence and active contribution to the productive and social life of the island has been continuous from the early Minoan times to the present day.

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