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Cyprus Wine

Cyprus Wine

Cyprus Wine

There are two large wine festivals in Cyprus every year which are great fun

Limassol wine festival which is scheduled for late August every year. 

Afamia Grape festival which is in October

Commandaria and Zivania the two drinks indigenous to Cyprus and popular with many  visitors are becoming more and more recognized abroad!  In fact Zivania is now recognized worldwide as the traditional spirit of Cyprus. 

Cyprus has enjoyed over 4000 years of traditional wine making. They were in great demand by the Greeks and the Pharos.  The most popular currently associated with Cyprus, is Commandaria, originally named mana it is one of the oldest wines in the world and was a favourite of the Templars and the Knights of St John who liked it enough to export it to their countries.

The art of making wine was recorded in Cyprus in Neolithic and Chalkolithic sites across the island. An example of a Bronze age pot depicting wine making was discovered in Kalavasos and was dated as 1900BC.  Others were found in Pyrgos village in Limassol and the Larnaca salt lake.

Other world class Cyprus wines are produced, most from indigenous varieties of wine-grape.  In fact Cyprus even exports to France. 

More than 100 varieties of grapes are cultivated on the island, there are currently grants available encouraging the regeneration of the old local wineries, which were handed from fathers to son.  One such is a lovely winery in Vasa, which has been lovingly restored and well worth a visit, there wine is a worthwhile addition to any table..

In Paphos there are mosaics illustrating its importance in the House of Dionysus, near the Paphos Harbour.  The main reception room is decorated with a mosaic floor depicting scenes for the grape harvest, other parts of the house also tell the story of winemaking at that time.

There are in currently at least two organized tours of the Commandaria trail in Cyprus and we can arrange for you to visit them if you wish.

More will be added to this page soon............

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Wine Related Organizations

Wine Experts Committee. Limassol, Tel: + 357 25 25 364 692 Fax: 00 357 25 351 456

Vine Products Commission (VPC), Limassol, Tel:+ 357 25 364 692 Fax: 00 357 25 351 456

Regional Wineries Association (Bacchus) Tel: + 357 99 442 472  Fax: 00 357 25 566 606

Wine Oenophile Club. Tel: + 357 99 619 140  email:oinogile@logos.net.cy

Wineries

Ais Ambelis, Kato Chorio, Paphos district

Ayia Mavri, Kilani, Limassol district

Ayios Amvrosios, Ecological Winery, Ayios Amvrosios, Limassol district

Chrysoroyiatissa, Chrysoroyiatissa Holy Monastery, Paphos

Constantinou Bros, Pera-Pedi, Limassol District

ETKO-Olympus Omodos and Limassol

Fikardos Winery, Paphos region

KEO, Ktima Mallia, Limassol district

Kykkos Winery, Kykkos Holy Monastery, Nicosia region

Linos Winery, Omodos, Limassol

LOEL, Limassol

Monolithos, Pahna, Limassol district

Nicolaides VIneyards, Anoyira, Limassol District

Sodap, Limassol

Tsiakkas Winery, Pelendri

Vasa Winery, Kilani, Limassol district

K & K Vasilikon Winery, Kathikas, Paphos

Vlasiddes Winery, Kilani, Limassol district

Vouni Panayia Winery, Panayia, Paphos district

Yiaskouris Winery Ltd, Pachna, Limassol district

                                  


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