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By April 4, 2018 No Comments

Get to know with authentic, quality Cyprus’ varieties of grapes

From wines derived from indigenous grapes like Xynisteri, Maratheftiko, Morokanella, Spourtiko or Promara to well-known global varieties such as Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, Cyprus has a rich wine-making history.

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.

Xynisteri 

-Identity:

Covering a large portion of the island nation’s vineyard, Xynisteri is the main white-wine variety of Cyprus.

The dry, limestone-dominant Cypriot terroir has given the variety a suitable home, and the best Xynisteri vines are planted at higher altitutes where cooler temperatures enhance the quality of the grapes.

What appetizers to serve with Xynisteri:

Fish and seafood dishes, green salad, grilled or fried halloumi cheese, goat’s cheese, herb & lemon patties.

-Highly recommended

  1. Petritis 2016, Kyperounta Winery
  2. Persefoni 2016, Kolios Winery
  3. Xynisteri 2016, Tsiakkas Winery
  4. Xynisteri Single Vineyard 2016, Zambartas Winery
  5. Xynisteri 2016,  Ezousa
  6. Xynisteri 2016, Hatziantonas
  7. Xynisteri 2016, Aes Ambelis Winery
  8. Vasilikon 2016, Vasilikon Winery

Promara

-Identity:

White very rare grape variety, with big and compact cluster and big berries. It is first referred in bibliography in 1893 as Promara or Glykopromon. Resists very well to the drought and the calcareous soils that characterize the Cypriot vineyard.

-What appetizers to serve with Promara:

White meat, oily fish, cheese

-Highly recommended

Promara 2015, Vouni Panayias Winery

Spourtiko

-Identity

Spourtiko is a very rare, indigenous, white grape variety grown in Cyprus. It represents only 0.2% of cultivated vineyards on the island and is mostly grown amongst other grape varieties. Fikardos Winery was the first Winery in Cyprus to produce Spourtiko wine.

-What appetizers to serve with Spourtiko:

Green Salads, Freshwater fish

-Highly recommended

  1. Iris 2016, Spourtiko, Kolios Winery
  2. Spourtiko 2016, Fikardos Winery
  3. Spourtiko 2016, Vouni Panayias Winery

 Morokanella

-Identity

Morokanella grape variety is found in the Paphos region. The specific variety combines citrus with zesty green fruit aroma. It has great weight and length,with some marmalade notes for complexity.

-What appetizers to serve with Morokanella:

Fresh fish, salads and pasta.

-Highly recommended

  1. Morokanella 2016, Aes Ambelis Winery
  2. Morokanella 2016, Ktima Gerolemo Winery,
  3. Morokanella 2016, Vasilikon Winery

Black

-Identity:

A red variety that dominates the Cypriot vineyard, it thrives in all soils, from the most fertile to the most barren.

-What appetizers to serve with Black:

Meat

-Highly recommended:

  1. Rosé 2016, Ekfraseis Vassiliades Winery
  2. Cornetto 2016, Kolios Winery
  3. Theoni, Οινοποιείο Santa Irene

Maratheftiko 

-Identity:

Maratheftiko is an ancient grape variety indigenous to Cyprus. Wines made from Maratheftiko can be distinguished by their dark berry and floral aromas.

-What appetizers to serve with Maratheftiko:

Grilled meat, spicy dishes, goat cheese or kefalotyri.

-Highly recommended:

  1. Maratheftiko 2015, Zambartas Winery
  2. Maratheftiko 2014, Argyrides Winery
  3. Maratheftiko , Kolios Winery

Giannoudi 

-Identity:

Giannoudi is indigenous to Cyprus and still remains one of the rarest grapes. The specific variety has a lot of similarities to Maratheftiko.

Giannoudi grapes are medium in size with think skins and can produce wines rich in tannins and acidity.

-What appetizers to serve with Giannoudi:

Grilled meat, spicy dishes, goat cheese or kefalotyri.

-Highly recommended:

  1. Giannoudi 2014, Mallia Winery
  2. Giannoudi , Tsiakkas Winery
  3. Giannoudi , Vouni Panayias Winery