All about Herakleion, Crete.


Grandfathers of the nowadays owner, were farming grapes for vinification. They were selling their grapes to the vinification factories near Melesses. Through the years the landlord of the estate passed to Giorgos Paterianakis the nowadays owner.

The civil engineer Giorgos Paterianakis started the valorization of the estate in 1990 . After he finished the establishment of the new vineyard with local varieties, he cultured it without using  any chemical  substances. Parallel, he build a new vinification house with two thousands square meters total surface. The new vinification house disposes vinification and bottling areas and underground storehouses for bottles and barrels.



The winery.







In the heart of the Domain an outstanding winery was constructed with respect to the environment and from natural materials like rocks from the vineyard and the wider area. Within the winery there were established the production stations, the bottling and storage place, underground cellars and a fully equipped chemical analyses laboratory.

The winery is designed in different levels in order to use gravity for the production processes and to avoid artificial pressures that damage the stum. Additionally, the smooth pressures of spirit press machines, the underground maturing cellars in stable temperatures, the ideal bottling conditions with lack of oxygen and the proper storage of the bottles in an underground bottle cellar are guaranteeing our high quality products.




The vineyards

Domain Paterianakis is a pioneer in wine production from organic farming grapes on Crete.The owned vineyards within the domain had been cultivated since 1988 when the first procedures for wine production were commencing.

In continuation of the long term tradition of the family, all the indigenous and rare grape varieties at the vineyards were preserved and gradually more were added. The grape varieties have been carefully selected in order to be completely adjusted to the local ground and climate conditions and always according to the principles of the organic farming and to the protection of the environment.



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logo graperoverThe Domaine Paterianakis wines tasted by GrapeRover:

2011 Domaine Paterianakis Melissokipos white, PGI Crete. 85 points.

logo_melissokipos_leukos_2011white grapeclipvidiano, moschato spinas.

1_dio_newDio organic certified.

vmlRegional: Calamari spanakorizo. World: fish casseroles, fish pate, smoked fish, charcuterie, smoked cheeses.

logo graperoverSlightly dumb and earthy nose, stalky citrus, elderberry flowers, hint of muscat. Soft on the palate, slightly diffuse apple and citrus fruit, herbaceous notes and muscat, fairly persistent, integrated acidity, medium-bodied, slightly rustic, rough style on an otherwise attractive finish.



2011 Domaine Pateraniakis Melissinos white, PGI Crete. 82 points.

logo_melissinos_leukoswhite grapeclipthrapsathiri, sauvignon blanc.

1_dio_newDio organic certified.

vmlRegional: Scorpion Fish & Venus Clam Chowder. World: crustaceans, shell fish, sushi, sashimi, cream cheeses.

logo graperoverPomaceous fruit on the nose, spicy vegetal and earthy notes, light old oak. Tart on the palate, vegetal and light earthy notes, old oak, restrained fruit, elegant acidity, fairly persistent, already fairly mature, more tart old oak on an attractive to good finish.



2011 Domaine Paterianakis Melissinos rose, PGI Crete. 84 points.

logo_melissinos_rozered grape clipkotsifali, syrah.

1_dio_newDio organic certified.

vmlRegional: Crispy-Fried Atherina (Smelts) – Αθερινα Τηγανιτη, World: fried fish, spicy mussels, spicy chicken or prawns, rich salads, cream cheeses.

logo graperoverFairly open nose, burnt notes, preserved and dried berries, some undergrowth. Spicy on the palate, bitter notes, preserved soft strawberry and cranberry fruit, moderate acidity, fairly tranquil style, has some substance, attractive finish.



2010 Domaine Paterianakis Melissokipos red, PGI Peza. 81 points.

logo_melissokipos_eru8rosred grape clipmandilaria, kotsifali.

1_dio_newDio organic certified.

wine barrel2 months French oak.

vmlRegional: Roast pork. World: pork or lamb chops, vegan dishes, rich pastas, grilled ham, matured cheeses.

logo graperoverBright medium ruby color. Perfumes particularly intense, with red fruits, nutmeg, vanilla and fruit jam dominating. Mouth full with rounded tannins and after taste with duration.



2010 Domaine Paterianakis Melissinos red, PGI Crete. 82 points.

logo_melissinos_eru8rosred grape clipkotsifali, mandilaria, syrah.

1_dio_newDio organic certified.

wine barrel6 months French oak.

vmlRegional: Seared pork. World: prime meat, leg of lamb, vegan dishes, veal liver, spicy poultry, matured cheeses.

logo graperoverFairly prominent animal notes on the nose, tart red fruit, vegetal and light earthy notes. Light-bodied and tart, restrained fruit on the palate, delicate old oak, vegetal and earthy notes, moderate, slightly dusty tannins, not particularly deep, attractive finish.



2011 Domaine Paterianakis Estate, PDO Peza. 86 points.

logo_domaine_paterianakisred grape clipkotsifali, mandilaria.

1_dio_newDio organic certified.

wine barrel8 months French oak.

vmlRegional: Kokoretsi. World: grilled prime meat, game, meat casseroles, vegan dishes, matured hard cheeses.

logo graperoverDeep ruby color with a distinctive brick red tinges. Aromas of dried fruit, cinnamon and wood. Mouth filling with rounded tannins and lasting aftertaste.