Crete – from bulk to bottle and beyond

Dafnes region

This southern island may be Greece's most exciting winegrowing region. Pictured above, the Dafnes wine region and the foothills of Mt Psiloritis.

Wine has been produced on Crete, the largest and most southerly Greek island, since the third millennium BCE. Thanks to its strategic location in the Mediterranean, with the Aegean to the north and the Libyan Sea to the south, it was at the centre of an extensive trading area. In the first four centuries BCE, sun-dried Cretan wines were exported all around the known world, from Cyprus to Carthage (in modern-day Tunisia), to Switzerland, France, Italy and...