Cretan wine is a pedigree, given that Crete is the most important vinicultural district of Greece. Its geographical situation and particular soil conditions make the Cretan wine exceptional.
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 journey of wine at Pepi Boutique Hotel starts at our private wine cellar, where you will experience quintessential wine tasting in Rethymnon. 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.
Our wine cellar is tucked away, out of the way and out of sight, having hosted its first symposiums, as the troops of the Tsar were stationed here in the 19th century oversaw Rethymno city by joint custody with the Sultan. One might wonder what these stone walls have heard during the consumption of the Cretan wine from these young officers so far away from home pondering about life.
Today we tried our best to restore this exclusive private club of Russian officers and gentlemen to its 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.