The largest island of Greece and one of the largest in the Mediterranean sea. Its location at the intersection of three continents, five seas and titanic tectonic plates defined its destiny from birth. Sunshiny and fertile land, birthplace of the bright Minoan civilization, first advanced civilization of Europe, and the king of Gods, Zeus. A fair land in the midst of the wine-dark sea, begirt with water and of exquisite beauty – according to Homer – while a crossroad of civilizations, goods and ideas over the centuries, Crete became the object of desire for several conquerors throughout history.
Crete is well known for its beauty: massive mountain ranges with wild gorges, fecund plateaus & chaotic caves, endless valleys with olive trees and vineyards, primeval forests and exotic beaches … a land of controversies with rare ecosystems in a constant rotation from alpine to exotic ones, and unique biodiversity, equivalent to that of an entire continent.
At the heart of this land, 25 km south of Heraklion city and 470m above sea level, in a region with long tradition in olive oil production & wine making, we come across the traditional village of Alagni, whose name derives from nymph Alagonia, daughter of Zeus & Europe. There, facing the mythical mountain range of Dikti, among byzantine churches, αncient grape presses, minoan ruins and venetian castles, you will find Grapes & Gratification vineyards and eventually our winery & our brewery, home of your cretan craft beer Σολο.