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Wine press & Raki distillery - Stavromenos - Rethymnon - Kreta - Griechenland


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The Raki Distillery

The Raki is a Cretan brandy made from rape, similar to the Italian Grappa. The correct name actually is Tsikoudiá as "Tsikoudi" is the Cretan word for rape. "Raki" is however the Turkish word for brandy, but it is easier to be pronounced.
 
When the farmer from the neighbourhood comes to take his barrels with grape juice home, he can leave the rape at Nektarios' to have it fermented.

The fermented rape will then be distilled in the Rakokásano, and afterwards the farmer can collect his accomplished Raki.

Before distillation, they frequently add flavours such as citron fruits or saffron, according just to personal taste.
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photo This happens immediately before the distillation process starts, and not at all earlier during the fermentation process.

That's one more reason why the distillery needs complete cleaning after every distillation, in order not to affect the flavour of the next one.

White wine rape incidentally produces an initial concentration of up to 15 percent alcohol during fermentation, red wine rape a little bit less.
 
The Raki campaign runs approx. from the 20th of August (i.e. 5 days after the start of the wine harvest) till end October, or a little bit longer.

Same as all other farmers from the area, Nektarios has some private vineyards.

So he produces both wine and Raki for himself as well, and a part of it he sells straight ex factory.
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Text by Ingo H. Dietrich
Photos by Matthias Konopka & Ingo H. Dietrich


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Nektarios Mathioudakis
Stavromenos
GR - 74100 Rethymnon
Phone 0030 28310 71294
Mobile 0030 6976 631676

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