After years away studying and making wine for others, our father felt it was time to follow his dreams. In 1988, when we were young children, our family moved to Alikampos into our grandparents’ house.
It was there our father laid out the plans and his vision for Dourakis Winery. Of course, none of this would have been possible without the love and support of our mother, Eleni. At this time in the late 80’s, it was a huge risk to start a private winery in Crete. Most of the wines on the market were cheap bulk wines from the co-ops.
Our father had to convince a whole generation that quality wines that respected the Cretan soil and reflected our land were worthy of their attention. It wasn’t too long before Dourakis wines created a buzz for their quality and became very popular in the community. We continue to push the boundaries of what is possible; no dream is too small.
Our father, Andreas, returns home to Alikampos and takes the first steps to starting his own winery
Organic vineyards are planted in small parcels around Alikampos.
Construction of the new winery is about to start
Our tasting room opens to the public.
The torch is passed to the next generation, Antonis and Evie join the team.
The winery becomes solar powered.
The tasting room expands to include a farm-to-fork restaurant.
As winemakers, we fully depend on the earth around us. We believe it is our responsibility to protect the environment and to never take more than we give back. From organic viticulture to our solar-powered winery, we are fully committed to sustainable practices. We are proud to be the greenest winery on Crete.