The history of Douloufakis winery from Crete, Greece


The first steps

The grandfather Dimitris Douloufakis establishes professional winemaking in traditional premises.

Winemaker George Douloufakis 1980

From grandfather to father

Dimitris’ son, George Douloufakis, takes over the family winery.

Vineyards replanting in Dafnes after phylloxera

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.

Cretan winemaker Nikos Douloufakis in 1993

The grandson

Nikos Douloufakis, representing the third generation in wine making, takes over the winery, after he finishes his Oenology studies at Alba's Oenological School in Piedmont, Italy (Istituto Tecnico Agrario di Stato "Umberto I" - Viticoltura ed Enologia, Alba).

Vineyard reformation

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.

New equipment  at Douloufakis Winery 1996

Modernization of the Winery

Nikos adopts a modern production strategy using state-of-the-art machinery. The winery gets equipped with stainless steel tanks, pumps, crushers, etc., increasing its production capacity.

Η πρώτη εμφιάλωση στο οινοποιείο Δουλουφάκη 1997

The first bottling

The first bottling of PDO Dafnes wine and Sauvignon Blanc takes place in 750ml bottles.

Automatic bottling line and labeling machines at the winery

Bottling automation

Automatic bottling line and labeling machines are installed.

Douloufakis winery cellar with barrels

Facilities’ expansion

The winery's facilities are expanded into a second building. A barrel cellar is created there for the maturation of wines.

Exports around the world

The wines set foot in European and other countries, such as US, Australia, Japan etc.

International distinctions of Douloufakis winery Decanter

International distinctions

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 development

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.

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