The first steps
The grandfather Dimitris Douloufakis establishes professional winemaking in traditional premises.
Vineyards replanting in Dafnes
Phylloxera is first encountered in Crete around 1977 and destroys most of the Cretan vineyards. The replanting begins in Dafnes in 1980 and lasts nearly a decade.
Nikos continues the reformation of privately owned vineyards, that his father had started. He develops single-varietal vineyards from indigenous Cretan varieties, such as Liatiko and Vidiano, but also plants international varieties, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. He introduces modern cultivation techniques by modifying some of the traditional ones, such as ways of pruning or harvesting dates. He also applies certified organic farming.
Exports around the world
The wines set foot in European and other countries, such as US, Australia, Japan etc.
In 2013 "Aspros Lagos" Red wine, 2010 vintage, is awarded a "Grand Gold" medal in Thessaloniki International Wine & Spirits Competition. "Enotria" White wine is honoured with the "Diamond Trophy" and the "Double Gold Medal" in the International Wine Competition "SAKURA 2018", in Japan. The British wine magazine "Decanter" in its first 2018 issue ranks "Aspros Lagos" White, made of Vidiano, in No. 11 among "The 75 most exciting wines of 2017". One year later, the American Wine Magazine "Wine Enthusiast" awards 92 points to "Dafnios" Red, made of Liatiko, on the "THE ENTHUSIAST 100 WINES OF 2019" list.
The winery keeps developing, implementing creative ideas and using state-of-the-art equipment. New planting and reforming of vineyards continues to date, since the quality of the wine is determined there. The fourth generation is expected to carry on the family tradition.