Aiming to get acquainted with Cretan wines, distinguished sommeliers from London’s famed private club “67 Pall Mall” traveled recently to Crete. At the initiative of the Wines of Crete Network of Wineries and of the Crete Prefecture, they visited wineries in Chania and Heraklion, participated in thematic dinners and thematic wine tastings of local varieties, as well as in guided tours to the ancient wine presses in Vathipetro.

The team of sommeliers’ included: Assistant head sommelier, Svetoslav Manolev; sommelier (Wset Diploma) Jitka Auermullerova; sommelier Blagoy Kuzmanski; cellar master Jan Fitl; and, from Greece, assistant head sommelier, Klearchos Kanelakis.

“What impressed us in Crete is the variety of different styles of wine,” Klearchos Kanelakis told’s reporter, Nikos Ioannides. “Our goal at Pall Mall 67 is to highlight it, as we do with every quality domain on the planet,” Kanelakis stressed.

“Crete must rely on and invest in the incredible value-for-money dimension of its wines, the great variety of its native grapes, and the quantity that, contrary to smaller islands, it can produce,” he added.

An internationally recognized wine spot, 67 Pall Mall is found at the center of London. Featuring a team of 17 distinguished sommeliers, the club counts among its members mainly people from the wine world: importers, sommeliers, and winemakers from all over the world.