Carved Wine Presses


Prinias Carved Wine Presses
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Some meters away from the village Prinias, province Malevizi, at the area called Patitiria a very pleasant surprise awaits us. This area is scattered with medieval wine presses, all carved into the soft limestone of the region. The presses are evidence of ancient winemaking traditions of the region from ancient times until today with wines famous all over the known world. The grounds and the altitude of this region are considered ideal for growing wine grape varieties. The area with the carved presses is within walking distance from the archaeological site of Patela, where the ancient city Rizinia is found.

The surrounding area includes big clusters of oak trees. During the last years, a trail network has been created that crosses the woods and reaches the presses. Along the path, we meet many wooden signs depicting (in Greek) the presses and the place names of the area.  

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Additional Info

  • Location: Heraklion Prefecture
  • Peak Period: Venetian Era (1204 AD - 1669 AD)
  • Accessibility: Paved road

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