Crete tourist guide

The best Polish website dedicated to the Greek island Crete and to a small extent of continental Greece. You will find useful information related to visiting Crete that goes beyond the offer of optional tours. On the website you will also find descriptions of the most interesting places that we visited by visiting this largest Greek island. The content complements the current news, photographs and recipes of Greek cuisine.

Cretan vintage

The turn of August and September is the traditional period when a set of grapes for wine production is started in Crete. One of the most important decisions affecting the quality of the future drink is to determine the most favorable harvesting moment. It is a very risky moment in which the weather begins to play an increasingly important role. A few rainy days or hail can nullify the previous work put into the cultivation of plants. Delaying the harvest is associated with the risk of fruit damage and their increasing susceptibility to any kind of mechanical damage or disease. However, too early harvesting may be synonymous with obtaining fruit that will not have the necessary properties necessary to produce good wine.

Cretan vineyards

How to determine your maturity

In the past, the assessment of grape maturity was largely based on the experience of a vintner who, by eating a fruit, was able to assess its acidity and sugar content. Nowadays, high market requirements do not allow such subjective and random assessments. Although the taste qualities of the fruit are still important, the chemical composition of the grapes is a real factor determining the moment of harvesting. These parameters are obtained from various types of electronic gadgets (it is worth mentioning, for example, refractometers), which are on the equipment of a contemporary farmer and vintner. Fewer and fewer things are left to human subjective judgment, let alone pure randomness.

The production of a particular type of wine requires the use of fruits with pre-established properties. Before harvest, the grapes are carefully verified in terms of sugar content and acidity. In the area of ​​the evaluation performed by tasting, there is still testing of the quality of tannins, which have a significant impact on the later taste of the wine. The high complexity of the reaction of maturation of these phenols causes that their assessment continues to cause many problems. Up to now, the best device for testing their quality is the experienced palate's vintner.

Cretan vine

The church - mechanical or manual

In many regions of the world, manual harvesting of grapes has gone down in history. Yes, the specialized machines costing the fortune do not do this as accurately and as gently as human hands, but they are disproportionately faster, they do not get tired and in general their exploitation is cheaper than paying for a large group of workers.

After all, the manual collection did not go away. Some of the wineries still prefer to use people's services. It is also worth mentioning that the production of some types of wine even forces the use of a manual collection. An important factor affecting the manner of harvesting is the terrain. This is particularly important in the mountainous regions of the world, such as, for example, Crete. Steeply sloping slopes are too big an obstacle even for the best machines currently available on the market.

Cretan vintage

Wine in Crete

Wine is a liquor that is present on the Cretan tables from the distant past. Already in the Minoan period viticulture and wine production was one of the most important elements of the then economy and culture. This historical heritage is present in Greek homes to this day. Looking at a typical Cretan dinner and various parties, it will be difficult to find a table on which one carafe filled with one of the local wines will not be found. Those served in houses in the countryside and in taverns located in smaller towns are usually wines of their own production. It is worth trying them, because sometimes their taste and quality can surprise you. Let us also add that Greek wines try to gain new markets also outside the EU, such as in the USA, China, Canada, Russia and Switzerland. One of the most recent projects of the Greek Ministry of Rural Development and Nutrition, worth EUR 16 million for promotion and advertising, is to support them.

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Dokładnie tak właśnie spędzam kwietniowy urlop na Krecie i jest cudnie
https://youtu.be/nkUFqIvmrEE?si=fiJ2H8A7GvPCG44Y ❤️
gość PiotrWie: Od kilkunastu lat unikamy czerwca, lipca i sierpnia, ale jak zrobi się to popularne to chyba przestawimy się na kwiecień i październik 
gość dodekanezowiec: W Grecji (a mam tu na myśli swoje ulubione wyspy czyli Kos, Kreta, Rodos) jednak bym preferował sezon (15 czerwca - 15 września). (...)
Kto by się spodziewał, że zmiana klimatu na coś się przyda?
Gosia | crete.pl : Bardzo się cieszymy :) Sami też mamy często takie spostrzeżenia w tawernach :D
Czerwiec to wg mnie najlepszy czas na wakacje np. w Grecji czy Chorwacji. Ze względu na bombelki, staramy się wyjeżdżać w ostatnim tygodniu czerwca. Choć byłem na Krecie w 2021r. w drugim tygodniu lipca to pogoda była idealna, a spotkałem naszych rodaków, którzy będąc w czerwcu mieli wówczas straszne upały.
Upały to też ale ogromna ilość turystów sprawiają, że w sezonie to nie jest wypoczynek tylko walka: o miejsce na plaży, o dobre miejsce podczas zwiedzania aby zrobić zdjęcie. To podwójnie męczące.
Też byliśmy, mega miejsce!
gość Marcin: Od mojego pierwszego pobytu w Grecji w 2010r robię musake z tego przepisu, parokrotnie na Rodos i Korfu , dopiero dzisiaj na Krecie i właśnie zjadłem musake z lokalu w chani i jestem zawiedziony smakiem , robię lepszą ;) 
Patryk Czerniak
Byliśmy, super
5,06 kierunek kreta.
O mój ulubiony hotel na zdjęciu
Jot Kaa :)
Czy można je grillować ?
Takich było sporo pod koniec marca w Turcji a w końcu Rodos niedaleko
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