Starting from Chania (the winery is 38km from Chania) take the National Highway E90 to Rethymno. Leave the highway at the right hand turn, almost immediately after a Shell gas station garage on the left hand side, signposted ‘Vrysses, Fres, Hora Sfakion’. At the T Junction turn left, following the sign for Vrysses/ Hora Sfakion. Pass through the village of Vrysses, over the bridge where you will reach a junction of 3 roads. Here continue straight on following the signs for Hora Sfakion. Follow this road until you reach a T Junction, bear right at this junction. Follow this road and the signs for Dourakis Winery where, after a short distance, you will find us on the left hand side of the road.
From Rethymno (the winery is approximately 32km from Rethymno) follow the National Highway E90 towards Chania. Take the junction off the highway, signposted Vrysses/Hora Sfakion. Drive into Vrysses where you will reach a crossroads. Turn left at the crossroad, following the signs to Hora Sfakion. Continue on this road to the end, reaching a T Junction where you bear right. Follow this road and the signs for Dourakis Winery where, after a short distance you will see us on the left hand side of the road.
Αλίκαμπος, Αλίκαμπος 730 07, Κρήτη, Ελλάδα
The ancient village of Alikambos lies in the foothills on the Eastern edge of the Lefka Ori (White Mountains) and is located 40kms from Hania on the main road through the mountains towards Sfakia.
Historically, the fortified village of Alikambos played a crucial role in the battles and occupation of the island of Crete. Although the village was raised to the ground on several occasions, there still remains some fine examples of ancient monuments in the vicinity. The most famous of these is the Byzantine church dedicated to The Assumption of St Mary (Κοιμηση της Θεοτοκου) which in 1315 was decorated in fresco by one of the finest European artists of the time, John Pagomenos. The particular frescos in the church are considered some of the most spectacular remaining examples of his works. If you are in the area it is recommended that you visit and view these.
Other areas of archealogical interest nearby are the Church of Constantine and Helen dating back to 1000AD. There is also the site of a Byzantine Monastery.
Historical tales exist regarding the role the villagers of Alikambos played during the many battles in the area. Being hidden in the mountains, Alikambos has long been a shelter for rebellious fighters and bandits. Alikambos was dominant in the revolutionary action during Turkish occupation, with heroic tales of the villagers being ousted by the ruling Turks and later fighting to defend and regain their independence. Not surprisingly, the inhabitants are renowned for being very strong willed and of a determined nature especially in protection of their families and land.
The Cretan landscape is beautiful, with a natural complexity which is quite unique in this world. Located in the foothills of the White Mountains, at Alikambos, our vineyards that surround the winery are a true reflection of the diversity of this wonderful land. Located at 330 meters above sea level each vineyard has its own microclimate, unique soil quality, and grape variety, all of which generate juice of distinctive quality, ideal for wines of character. Our vines are all organic and treated with respect and love for their natural environment.
In Kefala, an area that surrounds the winery, we have 3 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon organically cultivated. This vineyard is located on rocky subsoil with only a few inches of surface soil, and it is necessary to irrigate during the long hot summer months. Nearby, in the region of Zourva is our second vineyard, where we cultivate the French variety Grenache Rouge. Here the soil is thick clay, rich in nutrients and moist throughout the year.
In addition to our own vineyards, it has been our practice since the inception of the winery, to also co-operate with dynamic young vine growers in the region. We feel this has also contributed to the history and success of the winery.
In the near future Andreas Ntourakis is planning to further develop the vineyards, by planting 40 acres of some of the more promising indigenous Cretan grape varietals such as Mantilari, Kotsifali, and Vidiano. This together with the experimentation and creation of biodynamic farming methods is one of the most daunting challenges for him and the winery.