Our story

Enjoy a wonderful drive on the Chania- Rethymno highway that run along the north coast of Crete. Leaving Chania behind you will turn right towards Vrisses which is located 32 km’s before Rethymno. Being surrounded by the fascinating natural habitat that the island of Crete has to offer you will be lead to a stone building that has made the Dourakis family very proud of their own identity on the island. As if taken from a fairytale, a beautiful castle will lure you to discover the winery Dourakis.

Our philosophy

The Dourakis family ethos and proud tradition is characterised by knowledge, skills and extensive experience in winemaking. The family winery prides itself in creating products of high quality using scientific care and respect of traditional methods.

In the last 28 years the winery has created a trusted reputation for developing quality wines and is proud to have a solid, increasingly growing, distribution network across Crete. The concentration on quality and care during the vinification process and the love of traditional Cretan grape varieties, as well as international grape varieties, in wine production has resulted in popularity and sales both at home and abroad.

The company activities are not restricted to the domestic market, with recent expansions in export to Europe and America. Dourakis Winery aims to expand its sales network in the forthcoming years both nationally and internationally.

We are synonomous with consistent concern for high quality wines and our exemplary marketing system and customer service.

Dourakis family winery endeavours to use the methods of technological progress and agricultural science in order to provide the highest quality to our customers. The winery is certified by I.S.O 22000, with our organic cultivation for the organic wines monitored by Δ.Η.Ω.

Awards

Lihnos White

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2011
2011

Silver Medal in PAR Greek Wine Award 2013

2013
2013

Commended in DECANTER Awards 2014

2014
2014

Top Gold Medal in PAR Greek Wine Award 2016

2018
2018

Gold Medal in the International Wine & Spirits Competition of Thessaloniki 2018

Euphoria

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2012
2012

Silver medal in DECANTER Awards 2013

2013
2013

Silver medal in DECANTER Awards2014

2014
2014

Commended medal in DECANTER Awards 2015

Kudos Malvasia Aromatica

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2014
2014

Silver Medal in PAR Greek Wine Award 2015

2015
2015

Gold Medal in PAR Greek Wine Award 2016

Kudos Grenache Rouge

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2015
2015

Gold Medal in PAR Greek Wine Award 2016

Lihnos Red

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2018
2018

Bronze Medal in the International Wine & Spirits Competition of Thessaloniki 2018

Our team

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Emma

Receptionist
I work at the Dourakis Winery as a receptionist since 2010, welcoming all visitors and friends. At the same time, I am the indispensable executive assistant of the boss, Andreas Dourakis, and take over different tasks at the winery and in the vineyard as I never take my eyes off him. During the harvest season, I stay awake during the nights, helping the youngest winemaker, Antonis. My favourite activity is to ride the motorbike and go to the vineyards.
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Zoe

Events' Manager
I would describe myself as ambitious, hardworking person, with a big smile on my face. Since 2016, I organise a wide range of events at the winery. During your visit, you can look for me at the Folklore Museum where you can enjoy a wine tasting and a demonstration of the Winery’s facilities based on your needs.
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Zachos

Security Service
Zachos, a.k.a. the bodyguard of the Dourakis Winery. Since 2007, I offer my service as a constant keeper ensuring the proper functioning of the winery with my shrill bark. My favourite time of the day is when playing with my colleague Emma in the garden.
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Phrixos

Cuddle Man
Cuddling is definitely my middle name. I am part of the Dourakis team since 2006, when I was warmly welcome in the family. During your visit at the Winery and while you’re enjoying our wine, I will make the best so I’ll find myself in your arms in half a shake and receive as many cuddles and petting as possible. My favourite time of the day is lunch and dinner time, with my friend Betty.
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Antonis

Managment
Now you see me, now you don’t! If I am not at the cellar, I will be at the vineyards, or maybe at the wine tasting lounge, or meeting customers and suppliers..! The phone never stops ringing but I do keep smiling since I always have my favorite team member with me..Zoe!
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Evie

Managment
Creativity at its finest.. after the first cup of coffee! Always, in front of a computer screen, working on our website, events, social media, bookings... Unfortunately, I still haven’t found the way to make a day last for 48 hours instead of 24!
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ALEXIA

Office Administration
The newest member of the Dourakis team! My role is in organizing the office activities and responding to customer queries. I will be answering all of your calls! I am an active, joyful person and enjoy starting my working day being welcomed by the canine team members Emma, Zachos and Zoe.
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KONSTANTINA

Wine Tasting Hostess
You will find me at the wine lounge waiting for you to taste our delicious products! Together, we explore the hidden secrets of wine, discover the aromas and taste favorite Cretan grape varieties. Favorite moment of the day is the smile I get from people who find their favorite wine among many!
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ANDREAS

Production Manager
You will find me at the winery daily! I will be either at the cellar, the tanks area or at the production line. The place where it all begins! Favorite moment ever the direct from the barrel tasting! When I get to taste what I helped create!
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Nektarios

Logistics
I deliver your orders almost in time! I am always in the best mood and with a big smile on my face. During the harvest season you will also find me in the vineyards helping out! Favorite time of the day is when I get back home in the afternoon to see my baby girl!
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