Wine Route 3 (Diarizos Valley)
ROUTE: Pafos, Acheleia, Kouklia, Nikokleia, Choletria, Stavrokonnou, Kelokedara, Salamiou, Mesana, Arminou, Filousa, Agios Nikolaos, Praitori, Kedares, Agios Georgios, Mamonia, Fasoula.
East of the town of Pafos, there are three fertile valleys – of the rivers Ezousa, Xeros and Diarizos. This route climbs towards the Troodos mountains following the winding Diarizos riverbed, crossing it on occasions and passing 14 hilly villages, with an opportunity to visit just two, yet significant wineries.
The valley lies west/southwest of Troodos and includes various types of habitats in a relatively small area. The flora and fauna has not yet been fully explored but so far a lot of endemic, protected and other species have been recorded.
Climate: The area has a relatively mild climate, quite cold in winter and cool in summer
Terroir: It is the outcome of the deposits from the rivers sourced in the Troodos mountains. In this area we will find the Mamonia Belt. This cluster comprises a special and complex tectonic collection of igneous, sedimentary and morphed rocks that date back to the Middle Triassic and up to the Upper Cretaceous age (230-75 million years ago).
Vines: This route does not cross a specific appellation (OEOP) region, nevertheless the wines produced in the area are remarkable. Climbing upwards, you will come across 18 different types of vines, with the predominant being the Mavro.
White varieties: Xynisteri, Palomino, Malaga, Chardonnay, Sultana.
Red varieties: Mavro, Ofthalmo, Maratheftiko, Lefkada, Carignan, Mattaro, Oellade, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Alicante B., Grenache, Shiraz, Merlot.
Nelion Winery (Praitori): Facebook/Nelion winery
Lagria Winery (Salamiou): www.wineriescyprus.com/lagria-winery