RAKOKAZANO

Raki production

The rakokazano or kazanema is the process of distillation of the strafylla for the production of raki (tsikoudia).

The rakokazano

The rakokazano or kazanema is the process of distillation of the strafylla for the production of raki (tsikoudia).The strafylla are essentially the remains of the grapes after pressing for the production of wine.

The tsikoudia is a single distillation drink, unlike ouzo and tsipouro. Strafylla or chikouda, that are the remains of pressed grapes,after the pressing,they stay for about 40 days in barrels where they are boiled and fermented.

History

The process of distillation of alcoholic beverages,in houses, is not a legal process in Greece and requires a special permit from the state. The custom of rakokazano was instituted by Eleftherios Venizelos in 1920 where licenses for raki were given to Cretan farmers.

Typically, the process of producing raki is accompanied by a small feast, with food, wine and, of course, plenty of raki, as the one who is producing it, invites his friends to celebrate the event.

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