PDO Dafnes received its PDO status in 1971 and includes the western part of the Heraklion district, on the eastern foothills of Mount Psiloritis. The zone includes some areas near Heraklion Dafnes, Agia Varvara, Gorgolaini, Paliani and Rouva , The indigenous red variety of Liatiko, which has a strong presence in these areas, shows enormous potential during the recent years for the production of sweet wines of high quality that are quite promising for exports. PDO Dafnes produces appelations with 100% of the Liatiko grape variety that are either dry or sweet.