For Daskalakis’ family, the tradition in viticulture and wine production started in 1920.
Nowadays, the winery has passed into the hands of the people of the third generation. Since 2003, they have started a substantial revitalization of the 80 privately owned decares, using integrated organic farming to cultivate the land in limy-clayey soils and in an altitude of 400-600 meters.
In an ideal ecosystem that can highlight the richness and the distinctiveness of the Cretan wines in a qualitative way, the family primarily focuses on local varieties, such as Liatiko, Mandilari, Plyto etc, but also on international wine varieties.
Moreover, since 2003, the winery has been equipped with machinery in the production and bottling area.
The first official bottling in Daskalakis’ Winery took place in 2005 with the “Liatiko” Dry Wine PDO (Product of Designated Origin) and “Liastos” Naturally Sweet Wine OPAP– (Product of Appellation of Superior Quality).
A couple of years later, in 2008, the winery was awarded the “Grand Gold” Medal for Enstikto Red, year 2006 (Varieties of grapes: Syrah-Kotsifali). The fact that they managed to obtain the highest accolade in an International Wine Competition made the whole family feel particularly pleased and proud.
During the last 4 years, though, the family has been engaged in biodynamic farming. The term “biodynamic” is of Greek origin; it derives from the words bios=life and dynamis= force, energy. Biodynamics believes that the energy received by the plants from the Earth as gravity or from the outer space (the sun, the moon, planets, stars) as radiation has a major impact on their development. The moon affects them through its gravitational pull that is exerted on their saps, depending on the light on their leaves.
Daskalakis’ family consults a calendar, which is based on years of observation of the behavior of the planets and the other celestial bodies. In this calendar they can find the favorable days and times, as well as the disadvantageous ones, for the agricultural works, which of course have to do with seedling transplanting, ploughing, harvesting etc.
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