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At the crossroads of Cyprus wine history

By April 13, 2018 No Comments

Throughout history, Cyprus was at the centre of wine civilization, with rich wine-making history. More specifically, in 2005 a team of archaeologists concluded that some Chalcolithic wine jars, which were discovered in Erimi in the 1930s, were the oldest of their kind in the world, dating back to 3,500 BC. Therefore, this provided conclusive proof that the first wines in the Mediterranean region were produced in Cyprus.

Cyprus’ wines are harvested from high-quality, indigenous grapes like Xynisteri, Maratheftiko, Morokanella, Spourtiko or Promara.

Nowadays, Cyprus counts approximately 54 small, family-owned wineries. As the years go by, an increasing number of the island’s wineries are gaining recognition, with international awards raising the bar when it comes to local produce.

Cyprus Wineries:

Hadjiantonas Winery

Through a strong heritage of wine making skills and the help of the latest wine making technology, Theodoros Hadjiantonas provides us with an exquisite range of wines worthy of the islands deep historical and cultural bonds with wine. Since 2004, Hadjiantonas has excelled at winning every national and international competition entered, including the prestigious Decanter World Wine Competition. Hadjiantonas Winery offers both group tours and individual tastings. Visitors get a unique insight into how wine is produced from the harvest of the grapes through to the labelling of the bottles by joining a guided tour of the winery.
Wine Tasting is charged at €7 per person for 8 wines.

Address:

Hadjiantonas Winery

Pareklisia, Cyprus

Opening Times/Tours
Monday – Friday 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday 10 am – 6 pm
Closed Sundays and public holidays.
Reservations are required for tour groups of 8 or more

Tsiakkas Winery

Tsiakkas winery was established in 1988 by Costas Tsiakkas. The winery is located in Pelendri village, in the Pitsilia wine region. The first year’s production was 500 bottles of a red wine called Thyrsos. The wine was made from the local variety Mavro Ambelissimo and Vamvakada. Gradually new wines were made with the addition of a white and a rose wine. Today, Tsiakkas winery produces 150000 bottles a year. Upscale restaurants, 5 star hotels, wine shops and a small number of supermarket chains constitute the local clientele.

The wines are also exported to Greece, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, UK and the USA. Wine is also available from the winery, which is open daily, except Sundays and major holidays, from 08:00 until 16:00 hours.Recently, the winery decided to open on certain Sundays as well, during May and November each year. In November, visitors have the opportunity to taste the fresh whites, while in May they can enjoy the previous year’s red wines.

There is no need to book for a wine tasting as someone is always readily available. However, if visitors wish a tour, it is advisable to call beforehand to ensure the winemaker is available.

Please contact the winery for available dates at 00357 25 991080.

Address:

Tsiakkas Winery, Pelendri, Cyprus

Lambouri Winery

Lambouris’ family has a long tradition of wine making, since for over 300 years, Lambouri Wine is recognised as a household name for exclusive Cypriot wines.

The Lambouri boutique winery has a multifunctional tasting room with over 300 square meters, custom-designed, with the bespoke style and implementation of every furniture piece. With the state-of-the-art video, audio and multimedia facilities, the winery provides the extraordinary surroundings for corporate and private events.

Address:

Lambouri Winery Ltd, Ag. Demetrious 24a,4810 Platres, Cyprus
For more info: +357 25422525

Hours:

Mon – Sun 9:00 – 18:00 (and other times by appointment)

Vlassides Winery

Driven by his passion for wine, Sophocles Vlassides established Vlassides Winery in 1998.

Vlassides Winery currently produces over 120 000 bottles annually, mostly from the grape varieties Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Xynisteri. Over the past few years, Vlassides Winery has been experimenting with some indigenous Cypriot varieties like Maratheftiko, Yiannoudi (red), Promara and Morokanella (white).

The quality of Vlassides Winery has always been based on a commitment to select the finest fruits. In 2012, Vlassides Winery moved to a new place, which is situated between the villages Kilani and Vouni, in a 50 acres’ vineyard, called Koloni.

Sophocles’ goal is that in the immediate future the Vlassides Winery manages a total of 20 hectares of land planted with vines, which will provide 70% of the grapes needed to produce 120,000 bottles of wine per year. His long term ambitions are to draw all the raw materials needed for the production of his wines entirely from his own vineyards.

Address:
Koilani, Limassol, 4776 Cyprus

For more info: +357 99441574
Working Hours (Open for tour and wine-tasting):

Monday – Saturday 11:00-16:00

Zambartas Wineries

Zambartas Winery was founded by Akis Zambartas in 2006. After years in the wine business as Chief Winemaker and Managing Director of one of the biggest wine producers in Cyprus, he decided to follow his dream of establishing his own boutique winery.  The pivotal point was the decision of his son, Marcos Zambartas, to quit the corporate world and fly to Australia to become a winemaker. In 2007 the Zambartas Winery was built in the Krasochoria region in Agios Amvrosios village, on the southern slope of the Troodos Mountains near Limassol. Zambartas Winery specializes in native grape varieties as well as blends with some world-renown varieties. The winery is famous, among others, for its coloured Rose wine, the indigenous Maratheftiko red, as well as for the white Xynisteri. Zambartas’ wines have been awarded with numerous medals locally and abroad.

Address:

39, Grigores Afxentiou street, 4710 Agios Amvrosios, Limassol

Hours:

Monday to Friday
10.00AM-4.00PM

Saturday & Sunday
Nov- April: by appointment only
May-Oct: 11.00AM – 4.00PM

A full tour and tasting is offered by pre-booked appointment only.

For more info, call (+357) 25 94 24 24

Vouni Panayia Winery

Vouni Panayia winery, established back in 1987 by Andreas Kyriakides, is a strictly family business set by two brothers and a cousin, which transmitted their passion to the new generation. After gaining the necessary knowledge in viticulture and oenology from the University of Florence in Italy, the new breed nowadays plays an active part in running the winery. After a big renovation, Vouni Panayia winery is equipped with the latest technology, to ensure high quality standards. Visitors can also enjoy the aromas and flavours of the indigenous wines in the lovely restaurant of the winery.

Address:

60 Archiepiskopou Makariou III Avenue, Panayia 8640, PafosTelephone: 26722770

Hours:

Monday to Sunday, 9:30am-4:30pm

Kolios Winery

Kolios Winery, previously Amforeas Winery, is located in Statos-Ayios Fotios village in Paphos region. Marios Kolios is the owner of the winery and ten hectares of vineyards. The winery produces nearly 400 000 bottles annually which makes the winery one of the largest on the island.

Address:

Kolios Winery, Statos-Agios Fotios, Paphos, Cyprus

For more info: 26 724090

Ezousa Winery

Ezousa Winery is located in Kannaviou village in Paphos region at an altitude of 400 meters.  Michalis Constantinides Kannaviou is the owner of the winery and four hectares of vineyards. The winery produces 52 000 bottles annually.

Address:

Kannaviou, Paphos

For more info: 70 008844

Tsangarides Winery

The Tsangarides winery is situated in Lemona village. The owner’s great great grandfather prepared the land and planted out the first vineyards, tending and nurturing the fruit of the vine in much the same way as his descendents do today. Then, the wine made was primarily for domestic consumption, but slowly, over decades has resulted being acclaimed as one of the best examples of a boutique winery in Cyprus.

Address:

Lemona, Paphos 8545, Cyprus

For more info: (+357) 26 722 777

Hours:

Monday- Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm
Sundays: Closed

Vasilikon Winery

Vasilikon Winery is one of the first local wineries of Cyprus, established in 1993 by the brothers Heracles, Georgios and Giannis Kyriakides. Its operation is based on the excellent qual­ity grapes of Kathikas and the Akamas Laona areas of Paphos, which are mainly picked from the family’s vineyards.

Address:

Kathikas, 8573 Paphos, Paphos, Cyprus

Phone:

(00357)26 633999

Hours:

1st of November – 30th of April

Wine Bar:  Mon-Sat: 08:00 am – 18:00 pm

Wine Taste: Mon-Sat: 09:00 am – 18:00 pm

Museum: Mon- Sat: 09:00 am – 18:00 pm

*Groups of 10 people or more are required to book before visiting the Museum

Sunday: Closed

Fikardos Winery

Fikardos Winery, established by Theodoros Fikardos in 1990, is one of the first privately owned wineries in Cyprus. At Fikardos Winery, vinification is carried out with care and the use of modern equipment. Fikardos Winery works in close cooperation with vine growers and always aims in selecting the best grapes for vinification. Besides working with international varieties the winery gives strong emphasis to Cyprus Ιndigenous varieties. Fikardos’ owned vineyards in Pano Arodes and Choulou village where established with the predominant aim to cultivate Cypriot varieties Gannoudi, Maratheftiko and Xinisteri.

Address:

22 Michalaki Savvidi, Mesogi,Paphos

For more info: +357-26949814

Hours:

Monday – Friday from 08:00-13:00 and 14:30-17:00, Saturday from 08:00-13:00

Bookings are required for Tours and Wine-tastings.

Ktima Christoudia 

Ktima Christoudia winery was created by Christoudias family in 1991.

The winery was originally named “Krelan”and we launched Tychikos wine line but we were recently renamed and rebranded to Ktima Christoudia. Ktima Christoudia creates only limited quantities of high quality wines from selected grapes of Larnaca and Paphos’ vineyards. White’s, Roze and Red’s constitute Tihikos wines. They are produced from the grape varieties Xinisteri, Malaga, Chardonnay, Local Mavro, Opthalmo, Maratheftiko, Alicante Bouchet, Cabernet Sauvignon and other noble varieties.

Address:

Ktima Christoudia, Kato Drys, Larnaca

Hours:

Monday to Sunday: 9.00a.m.–17.00p.m.
For groups of 10 people or more: Best upon advance booking.
Bank Holidays: Advanced booking

For more info: 99813075, 24342142, 99034828

Spectus

Spectus, founded in 1997, is a unique company that sells fine wines and spirits inside and
outside Cyprus. More than 20 years ago, Spectus imports and promotes selected fine wines, premium spirits and exquisite chocolates to Cyprus.

The company represents a select group of wine producers covering the whole wine world, primarily focussing on France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Portugal, Chile, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Greece and the most representative wines from Cyprus. Amongst other achievements, Spectus has created the SPECTUS Wine School and also offers a professional, world class Wine Cellaring Service.

Address:

Nicosia, Kypseli Street, Strovolos

Hours:

Monday- Friday: 9:00am-7pm

Saturday: 9:00am-6:00pm

Sunday: Closed

For more info: 357-22511521

Menargos Winery

Menargos Winery is located in Monagri village in Limassol region and was established in 1987. The winery produces white, red and especially Commandaria wine which is unfortified and made in a traditional way at the same time meeting strict modern quality controls.

Address:

Μenargos Winery, Monagri, Limassol 4746, Cyprus

Hours:

Monday- Sunday: 10:00am-5:00pm

For more info: +357 25 43 36 74

Sterna Winery

Sterna Winery is located in Kathikas village, in the Paphos region. Sterna’s wines are available in all good restaurants & supermarkets in Coral Bay, Paphos and Polis.
Sterna Winery has been producing wine for many generations and is situated above ancient springs and 31 caves dating back over 3000 years, one of which is used to lay down the wine. The darkness of the cave cellar, together with isothermic conditions (15-16’C) maintained all year round, create the ideal conditions for ageing fine wines.
Address:

Sterna Winery, Kathikas, Paphos, Cyprus
For more info : +357 99699082
The Sterna Winery is open to visitors 7 days a week from 9.30am to 6.00pm

Aes Ambelis

The Aes Ambelis was founded in the early ’90s with the vision to produce wines of unique character and premium quality. The winery is located on the slopes of Kalo Chorio Orinis in the Nicosia district. Aes Ambelis, which is unique in architectural style, is a two-level
structure that includes modern winemaking facilities, an underground cellar for barrel and bottle aging, as well as a tasting and reception hall. The winery is surrounded by a three-hectare vine-yard, planted with the grape varieties Maratheftiko and Shiraz.

Address:

Oinopoiiou Aes Ambelis, Nicosia

Hours:

Monday- Friday: 9:00am-5:00pm

For more info: 99 835663

Ktima Dafermou

Ktima Dafermou, founded in 2011, is perfectly located between Lefkara and Skarinou villages, just 7 kilometres from the Nicosia Limassol main highway.

The winery, like the wine, joins new world and old world aesthetics. Ktima Dafermou is an exceptional facility that can offer beautiful settings for both indoor and outdoor private events.

Address:

KTIMA DAFERMOU
Lefkara Road
For more info: 70008373