The island of Crete is delineated by big mountain ranges that cross the island and derive it into the northern and the southern part, reaching heights between 1.200 and up to 2.456 meters. This is the reason why there are no valleys formed but only sloping plantations lying on hillsides.
The biggest part of the vineyards lies in the north-oriented slopes of the mountains, which play the role of the physical fence that protects the vineyards from the warm south winds blowing in the Libyan Sea.
The Cretan climate is characterized by mild winters with high humidity and warm, dry summers. The mountains combined with the sea breezes of the Cretan Sea offer cool winds to the vineyards during the warm months in summer, extending the ripening process of the grapes and resulting in the creation of unique aromas as well as in the good balance between sugars and acidity.
The mild Cretan climate and the intense sunshine duration that prevails during the crucial ripening period, taking also the low rainfall rate into account, are the fundamental stones for the production of the typical high quality wines in Crete.