12 Must-Visit Wineries in CYPRUS
The rich wine history of Cyprus has been alive and ongoing for something like 6,000 years. Take any of our seven routes to experience Cypriot hospitality and be introduced to the world of Cyprus wine. Visit any of the 41 modern wineries that presently operate on the island and taste their wines.
September is the traditional month of the grape harvest from the vineyards covering the rolling slopes of Cyprus. The vineyards are a hive of activity from March when the vines are pruned. Under the hot sun the vines have by now grown rapidly to the point where the grapes are now ready for harvesting.In Cyprus, harvest season runs from August to mid-November.
So why not take a trip to one of these exceptional Choose your Cyprus selected wineries and walk their hilly landscapes, taking in the fresh mountainous air whilst savouring the best wines Cyprus has to offer?
"HOME IS WHERE THE WINE IS"
1. Vlassides Winery
* Koilani Village (Limassol)
Driven by his love and passion for wine, Sophocles Vlassides realized his lifelong dream by establishing Vlassides Winery in 1998. The quality of Vlassides Winery has always been based on a commitment to select the finest fruits. The vineyards are located in the picturesque region of Kilani village, just south of Troodos. The altitude of the vineyards ranges from 700m to 1100m above sea level, and the soil is mainly calcareous.
Vlassides Winery commitment to quality has been recognized in a range of wine competitions. The most notable are the Grand Gold Medal of the Thessaloniki Wine Competition 2004 for Cabernet Sauvignon 2000; the Gold Medal for Shiraz 2003 (12 months oaked) at the Brussels Wine Competition 2006; and the Grand Gold Medal for Shiraz 2006 at the Third Cyprus Wine Competition in 2008. The new building of Vlassides Winery was conceived and constructed by Heracles Papachristou. It is situated between Koilani village and Vouni village, in a 50 acres vineyard, called Koloni. The winery was designed according to the functional use of space and machinery.
Where? Koilani, Limassol 4776 Cyprus
Tel: +357 99 441574
Visiting Hours: (Open for tour and wine-tasting):Monday - Saturday 11:00-16:00
2. Zambartas Winery
* Agios Amvrosios Village (Limassol)
One of the pioneer Cypriot wineries is Zambartas family winery. The winery was established in 2006 by the late Akis Zambartas a visionary man who during his career as oenologist in KEO, re-discovered 12 native Cypriot grape varieties, which he recorded, planted and vinified. Among them the most important were: Maratheftiko, Lefkada, Promara, Spourtiko and Yiannoudi. Now the legacy of Akis Zambartas is continued through his son Marcos, a winemaker trained in Australia who runs the winery together with his wife Marleen. Tasting Zambartas wines proved to be an exciting adventure with the wines offering individuality, character and fruit purity. Visitors are welcome to the winery, which is located in Agios Amvrosios in the Krasochoria Lemesou (Wine villages of Limassol), all year around during week days and weekends.
Where? 39, Grigores Afxentiou street, 4710 Agios Amvrosios - Limassol (PO Box 71053) 3480 Limassol
Tel:+ 357 25 94 24 24
Visiting Hours: Monday to Friday 10.00AM-4.00PM
Saturday & Sunday 11.00AM-4.00PM
3. Vouni Panayia Winery
* Pano Panayia Village (Paphos)
The Vouni Panayia Winery is one of the most modern wineries in Cyprus. Located at the entrance of Panayia it is one of the jewels of the village. This is a winery with modern visiting locations such as a tasting room and restaurant. The winery is famous because the grapes of the area make the wines of this winery unique. Like all good wines, the small regional winery matured through the years. After a big renovation, Vouni Panayia winery is equipped with the latest technology, to ensure high quality standards. Apart from producing wine, the winery offers to the visitor the opportunity to discover the world of Cyprus wine and viticulture; An educational short film showing the entire process from planting the vines to bottling, a traditional museum and a lovely tasting room are there to expand your knowledge and senses. And if you need more… food for thought, you can visit the winery’s restaurant and enjoy the tasty , seasonal, traditional cuisine. The winery is open to all wine lovers all year round.
Where? 60, Archiepiskopou Makariou III Avenue, Pano Panayia 8640 - Paphos
Tel:+357 26 722 770
Visiting Hours: Every Day 09.00AM-4.30PM
4. Ktima Dafermou Winery
* Lefkara Village (Larnaca)
Above the Lefkara Valley, Ktima Dafermou blends uniquely with the natural surroundings of the vineyards and the rolling hills.The winery is perfectly located, just 7 kilometres (From Skarinou Exit on the way to Lefkara) from the Nicosia Limassol main highway. The winery, like the wine, joins new world and old world aesthetics. Modern Materials-concrete-glass, stainless-steel- are juxtaposed against Lefkara building techniques. The respect for the estate’s unique territory guides all aspects of production:limited quantities to ensure exceptional quality, organic production. Ktima Dafermou is an exceptional facility that can offer beautiful settings for both indoor and outdoor private events Ktima Dafermou is a modern facility that safe-guards and develops the quality characteristics of carefully selected grapes.It is the first Winery in Cyprus especially designed and built according to the innovative bioclimatic standards. It is the ideal location for special events, conferences, group meetings or corporate retreats. The perfect venue for small weddings up to 550 people and christenings.
Where? Lefkara Road - Larnaca
Visiting Hours: Call 70 008373
5. Tsiakkas Winery
* Pelendri Village (Limassol)
The Tsiakkas Winery was founded in 1988 and is located in Pelendri, in Pitsilia region of Limassol district. Its vineyards are in the same area. The cold winters and the cool without rain summers coupled with the poor volcanic soils, help to have vineyards with low yield per hectare which is necessary for producing quality grapes.
Wines are produced from both international and indigenous grape varieties. The Winery, solid on tradition, armed with enthusiasm and love for wine, and continually striving to acquire further knowledge, achieved the production of fine wine, for which the beginnings go back to the moment of vineyard planting. From the high altitude (1500 meters) Petralona vineyard, the micro-climatic Keramis vineyard, and the St. John vineyard with its special characteristics, the winery combines the best characteristics of the varieties and produces wines, Commandaria and Zivania, bearing unique characters and strong personalities.
Where? 2 George Sourris Str., 3027 Pelendri, Limassol- Cyprus
Tel:+ 357 25 991080
Visiting Hours: Monday to Saturday 09.00AM-4.00PM
6. Aes Ampelis Winery
* Kalo Chorio Orinis Village (Nicosia)
The winery was founded in the early ‘90s with the vision to produce wines of unique character and premium quality. The estate is located on the slopes of Kalo Chorio Orinis in Nicosia district, 28 km southwest of the capital. The winery, which is unique in architectural style, is a two-level structure that includes modern wine-making facilities, underground cellar for barrel and bottle aging, as well as tasting and reception hall. This beautiful structure is surrounded by a three hectare vineyard, planted with grape varieties such as Maratheftiko, Shiraz and Chardonnay, which is managed with extra care using natural farming techniques. Aes Ambelis winery is open for public visits and tastings all year round. The guests have the opportunity to taste the wines in the purposely built tasting hall that overlooks on the one side the barrel aging cellar and on the other side the beautiful Pitsilia mountains. Furthermore, visitors can arrange to take our winery tour that follows the winemaking process from grape to glass. During the tour, they can explore our vineyards as well as the inner workings of winery including fermentation and barrel aging. Finally, the guests have the choice to accompany their tasting with artisanal cheese and charcuterie selections from local traditional producers.
Where? Kalo Chorio Orinis, P.O.Box 27322 1644 Nicosia - Cyprus
Tel:+ 357 99 835663
Visiting Hours: Monday to Saturday 10.00AM-4.00PM
Saturday & Sunday Closed
7. Ktima Gerolemo Winery
Ktima Gerolemo winery is located about 1 kilometer north of the village of Omodos at an altitude of 900 metres, in the heart of the wine producing area. Visitors will be guided through a modern family winery and get introduced to the principles of organic cultivation of the vine and the “secrets” of wine. Visitors are also offered wine tasting sessions and snacks while enjoying spectacular views of the valley and the vineyards. Visitors will be guided through a modern family winery and get introduced to the principles of organic cultivation of the vine and the “secrets” of wine. Visitors are also offered wine tasting sessions and snacks while enjoying spectacular views of the valley and the vineyards.
Tel:+ 357 25 422122
Visiting Hours: Every Day 8.00AM-3.00PM
8. Ktima Christoudia Winery
* Kato Drys Village (Larnaca)
Ktima Christoudia winery is located in Kato Drys and it welcomes all the wine lovers or even those who just want to familiarize themselves with the world of vine and wine. The visit includes a short tour of the vineyard, the production line and the wine cellar. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Agricultural Museum area. Visitors have the opportunity to taste the wines in the reception area of the winery accompanied by the beautiful view of the vineyard. The winery incorporates a restaurant which serves traditional dishes which must be pre-booked. Ktima Christoudia was created by Christoudias family. Love, zeal and passion for fine wine were our directives for setting up this small and reliable winery. Ktima Christoudias creates only limited quantities of high quality wines. 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.
Where? 6, Ayiou Mina Road, Kato Drys, Larnaca-Cyprus
Tel:+ 357 99 034828
Visiting Hours: Every Day 9.00AM-5.00PM
9. Santa Irene Winery
* Farmakas Village (Nicosia)
Santa Irene winery is the fulfilling of a man’s dream. Daniel Anastasis left his beloved Farmakas for as a young man of 16 and made his fortune in the wholesale baking business in Durban, South Africa. But he cherished the echoes of the land of his childhood, and when he returned, he found an island changed – not only for the better. The drive there, snaking up to 1300 metres on roughly graded roads is worth the trouble: the sheer beauty of the wild countryside breathtaking. The vineyards are unique, unparalleled, awe inspiring. Perched precariously on the slopes of the mountains above the village, the vines of Farmakas are easily amongst the highest in Cyprus. And some of the oldest: their roots deep in the schist of the diabase dyke, some of the vines – according to the title deeds in Daniel's office – were planted 150 years ago. Daniel has designed and built a small modern winery in the village surrounded by new plantings on trellises. Equipped with stainless steel tanks (to preserve the wines' freshness and typicity) and the latest in crushing pressing and cooling equipment, it is capable of producing up to 50,000 bottles a year in a three-story structure complete with lift. The winery's top floor includes a gallery where visitors can walk onto a gangway that gives access to the top of the tanks; on the middle floor, most wine operations take place; while the lowest level houses a compact cellar for storing and maturation.
Where? Dimokratias Street, No 1, Farmakas 2620, Nicosia
Tel:+ 357 22 515515
Visiting Hours: Weekends from 10:00 to 17:00 (On weekdays, visits to the winery are by appointment only.)
10. Kyperounda Winery
* Kyperounda Village (Limassol)
Kyperounda Winery is situated in the Kyperounda village in Limassol region. The award winning winery opened in 1998 and is run by the Photos Photiades Group. The winery owns a four hectares vineyard which is the highest in Europe with 1400 meters altitude with a micro climate similar to those of Bordeaux in France. Among their wine grapes are Xynisteri, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Situated in this idyllic setting in the Pitsilia area, and designed to the specifications of experienced winemakers, the winery is built on three levels in order to take advantage of gravity to move the grape juice in the gentlest possible way. The winery's underground cellar holds two hundred and fifty 225lt oak barrels, in which the wine of Kyperounda matures and develops character. The production capacity of the winery is about 200,000 bottles.
Where? 102 Griva Digeni Avenue Kyperounta, Limassol-Cyprus
Tel:+ 357 25 532043
Visiting Hours: Monday to Friday 9.00AM-3.30PM
Saturday & Sunday Closed
* Kathikas Village (Paphos)
Vasilikon Winery is one of the first local wineries of Cyprus, established in 1993 by the brothers Heracles, Georgios and Giannis Kyriakides. Its successful operation is based on the excellent quality grapes of Kathikas and the Akamas Laona areas of Paphos.
Where?Kathikas, 8573 Paphos-Cyprus
Tel:+357 26 633999
Visiting Hours: Monday to Friday 9.00AM-6.00PM
12. Kolios Winery
* Statos-Agios Fotios Village (Paphos)
The winery is situated on a mountain peak about a kilometer on the outskirts of Statos Ayios Photios village towards the monastery of Chryssoroyiatissa, in the Pafos district. Next to the winery, at a high of 3000 feet, are to be found the “Kolios” vineyards. This same earth that our ancestors cultivated for more than four generations, we cultivate today with the same zeal and love. The grapes are hand picked and processed immediately using the most recent wine technology: low pressure pneumatic press, mild pressure, cool cleaning of the must and kneading in a controlled temperature (in stainless steel tanks equipped with special cooling jackets). The great height, the plentiful sunshine due to the orientation of the ground and the light calcareous soil in conjunction with the dry but cool summer, give to our vineyards the ideal requirements for excellent quality grapes with great taste. From the ancient times the area has been famous for its agricultural products and especially for its grapes and magnificent wine. This tradition we continue today at our family winery, creating wines of excellent quality and taste with a lot of love, enthusiasm and a feeling of responsibility.
Where? Statos-Agios Fotios, Paphos-Cyprus
Tel:+357 26 724090
Visiting Hours: Every Day 8.30AM-4.50PM
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