“Nowadays, Monastery produces a variety of wines and alcoholic drinks, the majority of which are based on Cretan grape variety Liatiko”.
Fifteen kilometers east of the town Sitia is one of the most historically important and richest 15th-century monasteries in Greece Toplou Monastery. In the past, the monastery launched wine production mostly to fulfill religious purposes. The dry climax and infertile soil made the grapevine growing ideal. Nowadays, Monastery produces a variety of wines and alcoholic drinks, the majority of which are based on Cretan grape variety Liatiko. Liatiko wines are produced in both dry and sweet styles, the latter using sun-dried grapes. Sweet Liatikos are highly prized and often regarded as the best expression of the variety.
Accompanied by a wine expert, you’ll be lead through each phase of the production process from vineyards and making the wine to maturing and bottling of the wines. Within a harmony stone-building area, you’ll have the exclusive opportunity to taste 4 different types of local wines, accompanied with traditional delicacies. Then, you will have the chance to visit the Monastery where stores some great and very old icons, such as the Jesus Lord of John Kornaros (1770), the Unwithering Rose (1771), Santa Anastasia and Virgin Mary and check out the museum which has a fascinating collection of engravings. Admission €3. Open 10am-5pm.
Every day, Toplou Monastery hosts wine-tastings, showcasing the finest wines produced by monks in cooperation with winemakers. Do join, not only for a taste of great local wines but also to grab the chance to learn more about sustainable wine production. Toplou wine tasting area is open to the public daily, from 9:00 to 18:00 during the summer season.