Grapes have been utilized in Crete already by 5000 B.C. Remnants of grape seeds have been found in vessels dating back to the Early Bronze age. Wine constitutes along with meat, bread the fundamental part of the very well known food trilogy of the Homeric banquets and meals. The Cretan wine is a pedigree, Crete is the most important vinicultural district of Greece. Its geographical situation and particular soil conditions make the Cretan wine exceptional. Taste the wine of Crete, taste Dionysus, taste the wine that was enjoyed by Egyptian Pharaohs, Homeric Gods and heroes, Roman generals, Christians of East and West the wine that allured Ottomans…the wine that is either ancient as the Minoans, famous as the Greeks or married with the renown French vines.
The journey of wine in Pepi Boutique Hotel starts in our private wine cellar. Out of the way and out of sight it also hosted it’s first symposiums, as the troops of the Tsar stationed here in the 19th century oversaw Rethymno city by joint custody with the Sultan. One might wonder what these stonewalls have heard during the consumption of the Cretan wine from these young officers so far away from home pondering about life.
We today tried our best to restore this exclusive private club of Russian officers and gentlemen to it’s previous state. By booking our wine tasting experience you have the opportunity to enjoy such exclusivity and unique grounds combined with a variety of spectacular wines.
Wine is poetry in a glass; and in our case with a bit of history.. Let’s give these old stonewalls something more to talk about, together.