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The grapes are grown on loam soils in the Aggelis vineyard, 580m above sea level in Sitia in eastern Crete. The vines grow on their own rootstock. The vineyard is not irrigated, resulting in low yields of small grapes with very intense flavours.
Fermentation takes place in old oak vats, using whole bunches and natural yeasts. The wine is bottled without fining or chill treatment, using minimal levels of sulphite.
Lyrarakis was established in 1966 and is still run by the family. They specialise in producing wines with local grape varieties often bottling as single variety / single vineyard products. They have been responsible for re-establishing 3 ancient Cretean varieties: Dafni, Plyto and Melissaki. Their focus is on minimal intervention, allowing the grapes and soils to express their unique characteristics.
The Lyrarakis winery is located in Alagni, south of Heraklion.
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