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In October, the Greeks distil their tsipouro. Tsipouro is a strong drink with an alcohol percentage usually between 36 and 45 %. On Kythira it is distilled from grapes after they have been pressed for wine. Elsewhere, they make tsipouro from figs, pears and other fruit.
Tsipouro is also called tsikoudia or raki – especially on Crete. For the Greeks, drinking tsipouro is part of their traditional way of life, enjoyed together with good company and tasty snacks.
The entire distilling process takes about 3 hours. The distillate is checked continuously for taste and alcohol percentage. That’s why it is worthwhile visiting a fully operating tsipouro distillery this month. Join one of our three guided walks through Potamos this week. At the end of the tour, you will visit the Souris Distillery, a small family business. Stathis Souris will show you their traditional distilling process and you will taste his freshest and purest tsipouro.