The Boutari Winery in Crete is built outside Skalani village, on the Fantaxometocho Estate, at 8 km kilometers from the centre of Heraklion city. This winery is really the gem of the viticultural zone of Archanes.
Fantaxometocho Estate or otherwise called “the settlement of the ghosts” (this second name explains the meaning of the word fantaxometocho) owes its name to the efforts made by the former owner to save the estate from the pirates’ raids by spreading the rumor that the estate was filled with ghosts.
Skalani Estate produces annually 100,000 bottles of wines and 4 wines with “Skalani” wine taking the lion’s share of the wine production. “Skalani” is a PGI red wine (Protected Geographical Indication), a blend of Kotsifali (50%) & Syrah (50%) varieties.
Being one of the top-ranking wines of Boutari company, “Skalani” has received numerous prestigious international awards. It matures for 12 months in oak barrels.
“Fantaxometocho” is a white PGI wine. In this blend, Malvasia Aromatica (25%) is harmoniously combined with the cosmopolitan Chardonnay (60%) and the fruity Vilana (15%). “Fantaxometocho” matures for 3 months in oak barrels.
“Moschato Spinas” is a premium white sweet wine with intense flavor and aroma of citrus fruits, flower honey and dried apricot.
“Liatiko” is a sweet red wine from the red indigenous variety “liatiko” that is mainly found in Crete. The production of this wine dates back to antiquity.
The winery houses a cellar with a very comprehensive wine collection and a really impressive multimedia room offering unique journeys to the history of Crete.
In spring 2015, Boutari winery concluded a cooperation with Aria Hotels for the establishment of Scalani Hills Residences, a complex of three independent residences nested in an olive grove and a vineyard extending over a surface of 7 hectares.
The Boutari winery in Skalani is one out of the six wineries of Boutari Company, a leading Greek wine company founded in 1879 by Ioannis Boutaris. Skalani winery is located in one of the most significant wine producing regions of Greece, the other ones being Naousa, Goumenissa, Crete, Santorini, Mantinia and Attiki. The company exports its wide product range throughout the word yielding successful results.
Boutari Winery is open to visitors:
Monday – Friday 9:00 – 17:00. Appointments can be also arranged.