After the very positive experience we had with the wine tasting procedure in Toplou monastery, we decided to enrich our knowledge about Cretan wine. Thus we moved inland heading to Peza, the main wine-producing region of Crete. We thought…what’s better than to visit the oldest winery of the island? It turned out to be not that good idea. Fortunately, our visit to a nearby family run olive oil mill was highly rewarding. There is no bad without the good!
On your way to Vai it is almost impossible to miss it. It looks like a fortress but it is a monastery, one of the wealthiest in Crete. In fact most of the land as far as the eye can see, it belongs to Moni Toplou as it is known informally the monastery. It possesses masterpieces of religious art too and it is incredibly well preserved. If these are still not enough to convince you for a visit, consider that they produce (and they sell) excellent products.
Out of the beaten tracks, but a short distance from the road connecting Corinth to the south of the Peloponnese, Nemea is one of the capitals of wine production in Greece. Some manufacturers offer in their facilities the chance to taste and of course to buy their wines at very attractive prices. There is an icing on the cake too: the archaeological site with a temple in excellent condition.