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Domaine Lyrarakis Cretan Masterclass

10th April at 7:30 pm10:30 pm

- £14

On Wednesday 10th April, a rare chance to meet the charming folk from this truly amazing winery and taste some of the most individual and impressive wines of the Mediterranean.

Jancis Robinson, Master of Wine, often features these wines and describes the estate and range as “seriously revelatory”.

A simple Greek food menu will be devised, you can order separately from this.

Wines that will be on show  (Retail prices)


Lyrarakis White (£12.99)
Assyrtiko, Vóila (£12.99)
Dafni, Psarades (£12.99)
Plyto, Psarades (£13.99)
Vidiano, Ippodromos (£18.99)
Thrapsathiri, Armi (£18.99)


Kotsifali, Karnari (£10.99)
Lyrarakis Red (£12.99)

Liastos (£15.99)

About the winery

One of Europe’s more obscure but most exciting wineries. From near Knossos on the Greek Island of Crete, where wine has been made and revered since ancient times. The whites seem to reflect the herbs of Greek cuisine – bay, rosemary etc. The reds are sun-kissed and hearty. Altogether they are simply unique and fascinatin.

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 Plytó, Dafni, and Vidiano, that it rescued from extinction.

The winery’s extensive portfolio consists of a range of monovarietal wines (Vidiano, Plytó, Mandilari, Assyrtiko, Vilana, Thrapsathiri, Kotsifali) – some from single, “premium” vineyard plots, as well as blends of indigenous and international varieties (such as Syrah, Cabernet and Merlot). Quality remains key and the style emphasises fruit precision, purity and supple texture – placing the wines firmly in the modern camp, yet without flamboyance or exaggeration.

Format is a sit-down masterclass of 8 or more lasting approx. 2.5 hours. There’s plenty of time to chat and enjoy between wines. Guests may order extra food from our menu and extra wine if thirst takes you. Guests may be sharing tables. Please hurry as these events always sell out.


10th April
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm


Cambridge Wine Merchants
163 Cherry Hinton Road,
Cambridge, CB1 7BX