OK, so I have visited vineyards all over Europe and the US. Seen one, do you need to see another? YES. Simply because you do get to taste the local wine at the place it was made.
Nothing can compare with that experience - even IF you have heard the details of how wine is made many times before.
Yes, I was looking forward to tasting Robola wine - a first for me. Yes, they are proud of their product, and so they should be. Is it ever going to take the place of Chardonnay? No. But then, it is not intended to do so. It is wine, made BY the local community, largely FOR the local community and the occasional tourist. Yes, it is exported around Europe see their website www.robola.gr for details.
Did I buy? Yes, a bottle of the only wine NOT available for tasting - a sweet wine, a blend of Muscat & Mavrodaphne grapes!
My visit was organised by a travel company and yes, we paid for that excursion. I do n ot know if an entrance fee was part of the excursion cost, but booking ahead would tell you. We were served local cheese and biscuits and the combination worked well.
The crunch question; would I recommend a visit? Yes. If you are on the island on holiday and like wine it is a must. After all, just how long can you lie on a beach in the blazing sun?
Go for it.
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