Venetato is a village located at 320 meters altitude in the heart of the Cretan vineyard, surrounded by beautiful vineyards and olive groves. The village is almost 20 kilometers away from the city of Heraklion. Venetato is a place of incredible generosity, endowing the wines produced here with a unique character, value and perfect balance with the surrounding natural environment.
Venerato is a region steeped in history and natural beauty. The name of the village is Venetian, as it was a resort for Venetian lords. During the period of Venetian occupation, the area was a significant hub for wine production and the legacy of this can be seen in the archaic and Roman carved wine presses that remain in the region to this day.
Indeed, the province of Malevizio, of which Venerato is a part, was renowned for its deliciously sweet Malvasia wines.
At the heart of the area lies the monastery of Paliani, a testament to the region’s religious heritage. In addition to the monastery, the area also boasts the temple of Apollo, after which the Apollo River is named. This river is a tributary of the Diakonaris river and it flows through the stunning Venerato Gorge. The gorge is situated between the village and the monastery of Paliani, and the Apollo River runs through it year-round, providing a tranquil and picturesque setting for visitors to enjoy.