a) Ούζο / Ouzo
b) Τσικουδιά Κρήτης / Tsikoudia of Crete
The Cretan Distillery "Manolakaki" engaged in distilling ouzo and the production and bottling of alcoholic beverages.
It is a family business, a distillery 132 years of operations, managed by Eftyxis and George Manolakaki (4th generation), to continue the tradition, combining experience with modern know-how and new technology.
The Cretan distillery Manolakaki, markets a wide range of products, which are characterized by the excellent and carefully selected raw materials and excellent processing.
The products are Ouzo, Liqueur, Original, bottled raki and raki with honey and which are available at Wholesale and Retail.
The aim of the distillery is the expansion of the sales network in Greece and abroad.
John Manolakakis, a gifted man, having studied chemistry in France, where he was nicknamed "the Chemist" worked in Piraeus, where learned many of the secrets of the art of beverage production.
In 1884 went to Crete and founded the first distillery on the island where until that time only was brewing wine and raki,in Tavronitis Kissamou.
John Manolakakis innovate and pioneer in producing brandy, liqueurs, and drinks of mastiha.
Thereafter, the baton gets his son until 1922, the distillery Manolakaki starts to produce ouzo, named "Centaur". This was helped by the presence of refugees from Asia Minor who made widely known ouzo in Crete.
At the same time starts the operation of the first bottling factory, until then all done by hand. The distillery transferred to the city center of Chania where is housed today.
John Manolakakis in 1952 and then his sons Eftihis and George Manolakakis,since 1989, evolve the business in compliance with devotion to traditional recipes, using the transferred from generation to generation methods and secret at all stages of production.
Particular emphasis is given to the selection and use of fine materials, the venue of the production process and in barrels placed and stored the quantity.
With respect to the tradition and history that carries the name Manolakaki, special attention given to all parameters and conditions that contribute to the excellent results of our products, some of these are:
- excellent recipe
- fine raw materials
- art and skill of the distiller
- distillation by traditional method
- controls at all stages of the production process for quality assurance.
Kidonias Avenue 155, 73 136 Chania Crete, Chania
Tel: +30 28210 93003
Fax: +30 28210 93142