Wine & raki fest
In Crete it is easy to be invited for raki after 1 day visit on the island. Everywhere in the villlages families have their own distillery to make the raki, this is only with licence for a certain period during the year, but it is a big get together of friends and neighbours to taste the first newly made raki.
Join us in November for Tsipouro making!The Tsipouro and raki we produce is made from our organic grapes, and is a very pure medicin; so one tsipouro and raki a day takes the doctor away.
At our farm we boil the organic raki one more time, add wild herbs from our mountains and the outcome is Tsipouro.
Wine production of organic wine is also one of the activities at our farm. We have the ‘pattatiro’ where you can smash with your feet the grapes, along the traditional way. Not ony the wine but the petimesi, mustalevria and raki are made from the base of grapes.
Petimezi (grapemust in English) is a thick, non-fermented grape juice. It was a specialty on the Greek island of Crete. It is produced by cooking the moustos for hours, until it becomes dark and syrupy. Mousto is the juice from grapes right after they are pressed and before it is fermented for wine.
Petimezi keeps almost forever, and it was one of the ancient sweeteners, together with honey, used as a sugar substitute when sugar was too expensive for the average Greek to afford. Its flavor is not just sweet, but much more complex, with slight bitter undertones. There are light colored syrups and dark colored ones. Both are dependent on the type of grape that is being used.
Moustalevria is a sort of pudding made of grape must mixed with flour and boiled until thick. It may also include almonds, walnuts, and other nuts.
Grape must is the juice from pressed grapes before fermentation, and is often used as a sweetener in traditional bread recipes, as well as in the preparation of desserts and candy. This grape must pie is a favorite, especially popular at grape harvest season when the must is fresh.