A unique opportunity to visit Butterfly Valley by comfortable air-conditioned minibus and taste local wine, olive oil, honey at the best wineries of Rhodes with our local authorized English speaking guide.
On this tour you will taste different wine varieties, extra-virgin olive oil from ancient olive trees (yes, you read it right - sample the same oil that our ancestors used centuries ago), and local natural honey infused with thyme, pine, orange blossom and different spring flowers.
Before wine, olive oil and honey tasting you will have free time at Butterfly Valley (in Greek “Petaloúdes”), where every year, at the end of the wet season (late May), thousands of butterflies attracted by the scent of the Oriental Sweetgum trees cover the entire landscape.
Apart from this unique nature reserve's aesthetic value, it is also the site of the only natural forest of "Liquidambar orientalis" (Oriental Sweetgum trees) in Europe, and a resting point for the "Jersey tiger" (Panaxia Quadripunctaria), a nocturnal moth. An excellent place for families with children who wish to enjoy the beauties of nature and examine the life cycle of butterflies as part of their summer holiday.
Local Wine Traditions
Winery in Rodos follows a tradition of 2,400 years! A story from those early days tells how the Cretans, jealous of Rodos' fame for high quality wine, copied Rodian amphorae in an attempt to pass off their own wine as Rodian.
In order to eliminate poorer quality grapes, Rodians destroyed vineyards on the Lindos side, where the climate is too hot and dry and now all the growing is concentrated on the western side, around the village of Embonas. Here many small vineyards are located in specific cooler microclimates where granite stones in the soil helps by increasing humidity which in turn improves the flavor. "Athiri", a very old local variety of white grape, is grown in vineyards on lower slopes below Embonas while mountain regions produce a better quality of red grape.
The local winery which we are going to visit is next to the Butterfly Valley. This winery was established in 1995 and later in 2002 they moved here to this beautiful location overlooking their vineyards. In the beginning they started with only two types of wine and now they are producing more than 10 different types: "Athiri", red wine "Mandilari", "Muscat", "Cabernet Sauvignon" and many more. This local winery is also producers of "Souma" (distillate of wine) and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. For the vineyards and wine they are using only biological growth and biological process.