A new documentary dedicated to the long history of wine making on the island of Crete, honouring the struggles and dedication of the people behind it premiered on Amazon Prime.

The feature-length film, titled In the Wine Dark Sea is Chrisa Giorgi’s brainchild and focuses on demystifying Crete as a winemaking region and offers a rare insider glimpse into the indigenous grape varieties and the wines they produce. Giorgi aims to put Crete on the global wine map through empowering wine consumers and wine students to explore wines off the beaten path and discover a new wine region that is not mentioned in the popular wine books.

The documentary features Master of Wine Konstantinos Lazarakis and eleven experts from Crete, including wine-growers, oenologists, wine-makers, sommeliers, university Professors, chefs, wine critics and masters of wine.

Filmmaker Chrisa Giorgi. Photo: Supplied

Through a colourful mosaic of stories the viewer travels in the vineyards found in the valleys and the mountains of Crete and discovers the secrets of eleven indigenous grape varieties, and learns the winemaking philosophy of eleven passionate producers.

Promotional material for the documentary states that “Crete’s wines carry the honesty and passion of their makers, and have the power to transport you to Crete from the first sip. In the Wine Dark Sea is a return to the roots of one of the oldest winemaking regions in the world, once cultivated by the ancient civilization of the Minoans. Follow a journey through time, in the steps of Homer to discover the island called Crete, in the midst of the wine dark sea.”

In the Wine Dark Sea is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video. Find out more at www.winecellarstories.com

Watch the trailer below