Best Wineries to Visit in Greece with Kids
- Manousakis Winery (Crete)
- Karavitakis Estate (Crete)
- Anoskeli (Crete)
- Dourakis Winery (Crete)
- Agia Triada of Jagarolon Monastery (Crete)
- Lyrarakis Winery (Crete)
- Domaine Paterianakis (Crete)
- Scalani Hills Residences (Crete)
- Koutsoyannopoulos Winery and Wine Museum (Santorini)
- Venetsanos Winery (Santorini)
- Domaine Sigalas (Santorini)
- Gavalas (Santorini)
- Hatzidakis Winery (Santorini)
- Volcanic Slopes Vineyards (Santorini)
- Gaia (Santorini)
- Vassaltis Vineyards (Santorini)
- Domaine Bairaktaris (Nemea)
- Palivou Estate (Nemea)
- Domaine Skouras (Nemea)
- Semeli Estate
Visiting a winery can be a one-of-a-kind experience – not only for the wine tasting but also for the chance to have an educational in-depth look at the wine, the beautiful vineyard in which it was grown, as well as the winemaking process from harvesting the grapes to aging and bottling. And the fun isn’t limited to adults – your kids will also have time to remember!
There are plenty of wine routes all over Greece that are ideal for wine connoisseurs traveling with their children. Read on to discover some of the country’s most important wine-producing regions and their state-of-the-art wineries. Pick the ones you’d like to visit, book in advance and have one of our expert guides plan the entire trip for you!
Wild nature, great history, traditional villages, beaches of great beauty, unique local gastronomy; these are just a few of the reasons to visit Greece’s biggest island. Another one is the great number of wonderful wineries that will win your heart.
Just a few minutes outside of beautiful Chania lies Manousakis Winery, where you’ll have the chance to dig into beloved varieties such as Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, and ancient white Cretan Vidiano, and enjoy some mouthwatering local delicacies. The best part is the donations the winery makes to a local school that helps children with disabilities.
Manousakis Winery welcomes families with kids. The beautiful natural surroundings offer plenty of space for kids to play in full safety. Besides playing in nature, the winery also offers a selection of toys, as well as various interesting arts and crafts projects. Through drawing and other crafts, young visitors learn about the fascinating process of wine-making. Families can also participate in cooking seminars, offered at the winery.
Don’t miss the chance to visit the winery’s restaurant and enjoy a wide selection of local delicacies paired with top-quality Nostos wines.
Another family-run boutique winery is found nearby. Karavitakis Estate awaits a varied collection of grapes, including Malagouzia, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet, Syrah, and Kotsifali.
At Anoskeli you’ll get to learn all the secrets of both wine and olive oil production and try out some wonderful wines, extra virgin olive oil, and local goodies.
On your way to Heraklion, you’ll find Dourakis Winery. Apart from the wine-tasting, here you’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing picnic with your family in the vineyard, or attend a cooking lesson with Mrs Georgia, who will teach you how to make Sfakiani pie, moustalevria and Chania boureki.
Agia Triada of Jagarolon Monastery
Another hidden gem is found inside the beautiful historical Agia Triada of Jagarolon Monastery. Here you and your kids will get to see up close how the monks produce their excellent wine, olive oil, soap, honey, and vinegar.
At Lyrarakis Winery, near Heraklion you can customize your own wine tasting package or – even better – pick up your picnic basket, choose a tranquil spot under the shadow of the olive trees and enjoy a guided wine tasting paired with a premium selection of Cretan delicacies.
A few minutes away, Domaine Paterianakis waits for you to taste unique indigenous and first class international varieties, that are cultivated using the latest organic production techniques.
Scalani Hills Residences
Last but not least, close to the picturesque village of Skalani lies Scalani Hills Residences within the Boutari Winery, where wine experts will guide you through the estate’s limited-edition labels, such as the lovely Skalarea dry red and Iouliatiko sweet wine.
One of the most popular Greek islands, famous all around the world for its unique natural beauty and spellbinding sunsets. But Santorini is also well-known among wine lovers, for its excellent indigenous Assyrtiko, Athiri, and Aidani white grape varieties, its lovely Vinsanto, and its impressive wineries, making it an ideal wine tour destination.
Koutsoyannopoulos Winery and Wine Museum
Koutsoyiannopoulos Winery, located in the small village of Vothonas, is a winery you should definitely put on your list, especially if you are visiting Santorini with the family.
At Koutsoyiannopoulos Winery you will not only enjoy a top-quality wine tasting experience but also visit the Wine Museum of Santorini. This unique museum, listed in the Top 10 wine museums of the world, is built inside an underground natural cave. Through wax representations, kids learn about the history and culture of wine production on Santorini island.
Overlooking the breathtaking caldera, the first industrial winery on the island, Venetsanos Winery, waits for you and your family to discover the history and tradition as well as the new wine-making techniques.
Domaine Sigalas in Oia is one of the most renowned wineries in all of Greece, with labels that have won numerous awards and obtained a score of over 90 points on the famous American wine critic Robert Parker’s rating system. So, it’s definitely worth paying a visit.
At Gavalas in Megalochori you’ll get to taste the indigenous rare varieties of Katsano and Voudomato. And if you happen to be visiting at the end of the summer, you can take part in the traditional grape crushing with your feet!
In the village of Pyrgos you’ll find Hatzidakis Winery – a certified organic grower. And in the winery’s private storage areas you’ll get to enjoy a few of the best labels accompanied by some delicious Naxos graviera cheese.
Volcanic Slopes Vineyards
Volcanic Slopes Vineyards produces exclusively one Assyrtiko label, which goes by the name of “Pure”. And it’s pure heaven in a glass. If you stop by, you’ll get the chance to taste some vintages accompanied by a yummy platter of local cheeses and cold cuts from selected small producers.
The beautiful front yard of the winery offers kids a lot of open space to play and run carefreely. During your visit to the Volcanic Slopes Vineyards, kids will also be given the opportunity to get close to the vineyards and discover the art of basket (“couloura”)-making from vines.
Known for leaving Assyrtiko bottles to age at the bottom of the sea – after an experiment during which the bottles that survived turned out impressive – Gaia is surely one of the most original wineries in Greece. And you’ll find it in the village of Vrachies.
Vassaltis Vineyards is the most recent addition to the wine scene of Santorini, located in Vourvoulos village. With its magnificent view and amazing wine and bites, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing afternoon with the family.
During your winetasting experience at the Vassaltis Vineyards, kids can spend some creative times using crayons and coloring books offered at the winery.
The largest wine-producing region in Greece, with over 3,000 years of history, could not be missing from a list like this. The full-of-vineyards area of Nemea is home to some of the best wineries, producing award-winning wines.
One of them is Domaine Bairaktaris. With its expertise, welcoming atmosphere, and great hospitality, it will definitely win your heart – and your kids will love it too! A wonderful guided tour awaits you and your children to discover all the secrets of wine production. And when lunchtime arrives, you can accompany your Agiorgitiko (or juice) with a platter full of goodies or a delicious Greek meal.
The trained staff at Domain Bairaktaris is very experienced in welcoming families and making all family members feel at home. The whole experience is personalized since wine tours are being adjusted to each family’s size and needs.
Less than a mile away from the imposing archaeological site of Ancient Nemea lies Palivou Estate. Here you’ll get to learn everything about all winemaking stages and enjoy some amazing wine, coming from both indigenous and international varieties and aged in French and American oak barrels.
At Domaine Skouras you’ll get to wander around a boutique winery with an impressive one-thousand-barrel cellar, beautiful large verandas, and a lovely contemporary tasting room. And your enthusiastic guide, Dimitris, will share his knowledge and love of wine while keeping it exciting for the whole family.
The doors of Domain Skouras are always open to families with kids. During family visits to the winery, kids can learn a lot of interesting information about the wine-making process.
While parents are enjoying the wine tasting experience, older kids can have some fun playing table tennis, available at the winery. At the premises of Domain Skouras, families also have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious family lunch and taste a wide variety of local dishes paired with top-quality wines.
Semeli Estate (Nemea)
Semeli Estate is located in the hilly Koutsi region of Corinthia, at a high altitude, amidst cypress and olive trees. Semeli Estate is associated with the flagship Agiorgitiko, a red variety that has a PDO certification.
Semeli Estate’s winemaking is characterized by low crop levels, high flavor concentration, and a balance of fruit and natural acids. The key process at Semeli is winemaking using gravity, taking advantage of the terrain’s sloping gradient.
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