European winery day by day is making its presence stronger. From France to Italy up to Greece and Cyprus. Wine tourism has an upward trend in the last years with Cypriot tourists and people from different cultures becoming interested in the Cypriot wine market, the cultural evolution and the secrets of its vineyards.
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.