Cyprus is widely known for its popularity if winemaking and loved thank to its wine Commandaria. However, in the last years Cypriot winemaking has been reborn more powerful developing all its multiple sides in the wine market. Thanks to the dynamics of the local small wineries per town and village the tasting and experience of wine lovers has created a new dimension in their productivity …Of course, weather conditions have favored it as the climate brings out, especially in places such as the Troodos Mountain tops at an altitude of 1400 meters and delivers more varieties of grapes. If you are a connoisseur of this wet ambrosia it is worth visiting the island of Cyprus.
Visiting Hours: (Open for tour and wine-tasting):Monday – Saturday 11:00-16:00
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.
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.
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.
Visiting Hours: Monday-Friday 10.00AM-4.00PM
Saturday & Sunday 11.00AM-4.00PM
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…
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.
Visiting Hours: Monday-Friday 9.00AM-3.30PM
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.
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.
Visiting Hours: Every Day
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…
Monday – Sunday 10:00 – 18:00
Group and Individual tours & tastings are available daily, Monday – Sunday 10:00 – 18:00.
Oenou Yi Winery
The contemporary winery “Oenou Yi” with the combination of high technology equipment and the ideal practices for quality wine-making, governs the vineyards. The devotion and dedication of both the winemakers and oenologists are entirely in line with the consistent quality of the produce. Enticing its visitors to a unique experience, they are taken on an eclectic
Amidst the unsociable white, rocky soils, the old and newly-planted grape vines spread their roots in search of precious pockets of moisture to nourish and encourage their growth. Rocky soils eventually show off the sought-after mineral notes in wine. The fruits of the mountain vineyards vary from all the others, developing more savory flesh, rich structure and bright acidity.
“PLAYIA” Restaurant :
Visiting Hours:Monday & Tuesday: Closed, Wednesday – Sunday: 12:00-17:00 (last order at 16:00)
Visiting Hours: Monday to Saturday 09.00AM-4.00PM
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.
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.
Visiting Hours: Monday to Saturday 10.00AM-4.00PM
Saturday & Sunday
Aes Ampelis Winery
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,
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.
Visiting Hours: Weekends from 10:00 to 17:00 (On weekdays, visits to the winery are by appointment only.)
Santa Irene Winery
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.
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.
Visiting Hours: Every Day 09.00AM-4.30PM
Vouni Panayia Winery
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.
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.