Domaine Lyrarakis, established in 1966, is located in the mountainous commune of Alagni (440 metres above sea-level), south of the city of Heraklion, in Crete. The well-preserved 14th-century stone-presses in the fields around the winery are testament to the area’s long history of grape-growing and winemaking. The winery is at the forefront of viticultural innovation, championing obscure local varieties such as the ancient white cultivars of Plyto, Dafni and Vidiano, that it rescued from extinction.
Entry level Assyrtiko. The 2018 Assyrtiko from Lyrarakis is outstanding value. Dry-farmed and grown at 580 metres’ altitude in the Voilá vineyard on the eastern side of Crete, it has subtle aromas of white fruits and stony minerals. There is a definite floral character, with refreshing acidity and chalky texture. Delicious with fresh seafood or grilled fish and lemon.