Its mild climate and distinctive geology give the Akamas region unique properties for the cultivation of wine grapes. The vineyards rest mostly on lime and sometimes on a loamy gypsum, which create a terroir that is especially conducive to growing white grape varieties. Most of the nearby winemaking activity is centred around the village of Kathikas, which can be reached by car from Anassa in about twenty minutes. As you drive through the hills, you will pass vineyards planted with nineteen varieties of red and white grapes. At this time of year, the grapes have mostly been harvested and the leaves on the vines are turning into vivid yellows and oranges. There are two wineries near the village, Vasilikon and Sterna. Both are well marked with signs leading you to them. At each winery, you will find a display of historic winemaking tools and attractive indoor and outdoor spaces for wine tasting. The region is best known for the indigenous white xynisteri grape variety; it produces a dry to medium white wine with flavours of green grass, intense tropical fruits, herbs, and minerals. Both winemakers produce notable wines with that grape. But don’t overlook the other whites, rosés, and reds: there are worthy wines there, too. After you have tasted a selection and identified your favourites, you may want to purchase a bottle or two to take home with you. The wine lists at Anassa’s restaurants offer a good selection of local wines, allowing you to continue your exploration throughout your holiday.