The PDO Malvasia Handakas – Candia, established in 2011, is (along with the PDO Handakas – Candia, the largest PDO zone of Heraclion, which covers all the district of Heraclion, with the exception of some areas in the southwest and southeast parts. In particular, it includes the areas of Archanes, Kalyvia, Pretoria, Pyrgos, Tefeli, Charaki, Agia Varvara, Agioi Deka, Ampelouzo, Vagiona, Choustouliana, Asimi, Loures, Sokara, Gergeri, Panasos, Gorgolaini, Athanatoi, Gournes, Drakouliaris, Lofoupoli, Semeli, Finikia, Agia Irini, Vlichia, Knosos, Marathiti, Vasilies, Voutes, Daphnes, Skalani, Stavrakia, Paliani, Temenos, Gazi, Kalesi, Krousonas, Astiraki, Gonies, Damasta, Kamariotis, Keramoutsi, Marathos, Moni, Tylissos, Arkalochori, Garipa, Kastelliana, Panorama, Moroni, Zaros, Roufas, Moires, Faistos and Episkopi.
PDO Malvasia Handakas-Candia includes sweet sundried and sundried fortified white wines produced from at least 85% Assyrtiko, Vidiano, Thrapsathiri and Liatiko and maximum 15% of White Muscat and Malvasia di Candia Aromatica. It is obligatory that PDO Malvasia Handakas-Candia wines age for at least 24 months in oak barrels before the are released.
- White sweet wines from sundried grapes
- White sweet fortified wines from sundried grapes