When the grapes were pressed and the wines were made, it is a time for raki! Cretans call is Tsikoudia!
Its production usually takes place through the October till the early days of November.
The better quality of grapes, the more scents of sweet fruits in the tsikoudia.
Those mushy grapes get boiled in the brass cauldron (καζάνι) and their steam meeting cold water in the pipes becomes slowly an alcoholic beverage.
Thanks to my friend Alexandra Manousakis - the owner of Manousakis Winery , I had a chance to try the best organic drops of tsikoudia straight from the pipe!
At the back of their winery yard, they have a magic corner producing the elixir of Cretan hospitality.
Thank God the production for this year is over! I could easily get addicted to this rustic, smelling burnt wood and ripe grapes atmosphere!