Crete produces some excellent wines, so if you’re shopping for presents, go to Boutari for a bottle with funky Greek writing on it. Boutari is Greece’s largest wine producer, with seven wineries across the country, including this one in the hills behind Heraklion. And what better way to choose a favourite wine than going direct to the producer to taste before you buy? Their top wines include
the white Fantaxometoho, red Skalani and a dessert wine, Iouliatiko. They also offer tours of the vineyard and cellars, plus a film about the history of viticulture on Crete – the Minoans were already making wine here in 1600BC – should you wish to learn more.