Cyprus has some of the best wines in the world !
Wine has been part of our history for over 4000 years. Cyprus belongs to the old world of wine producing countries starting as early as 2300 BC. Cypriot wines are actually very popular amongst wine lovers, ranking 37th in the whole world. We have many local award winning wines, some of which are among the oldest in the world still being produced.
Our wines are all about old tradition combined with modern, progressed and expanded technology. There are currently 51 recognised wineries on the island, as well as many smaller ones which are mainly used for house production.
You can visit Cyprus wineries and try different local wines made from ranging grape varieties which are produced on the island. The wine routes have been designed to provide information about the island’s wineries with wine-tasting and grape delicacies, visits to wine museums and to the picturesque villages and old churches. There are six excellent routes with road signs along the way.
KOUMANDARIA WINE ROUTE
Koumandaria is believed to be the first wine ever produced in the world. It was made from sun dried grapes, resulting in a sweet taste. The 14 villages where koumandaria is made are Ayios Georgios, Ayios Constantinos, Ayios Mamas, Ayios Pavlos, Apsiou, Gerasa, Doros, Zoopigi, Kalo Chorio, Kapilio, Lania, Louvaras, Monagri and Silikou. At these picturesque villages you can see many interesting monuments, churches and beautiful scenery. Visitors following the route will have the chance to visit the medieval castle of Kolossi, that once served as the headquarters for the Knights.
PITSILIA WINE ROUTE
This trail includes the beautiful villages in the Pitsilia area that are characterized by the magnificent view and the warm hospitality the offer. Starting from Mesa Yeitonia and ending at Palodia, the route includes the mountain peaks of Madaris, Machairas and Papoutsa and many vineyards of the mountainous areas of Cyprus with such altitude, that makes the wine of richer variety. In the area, visitors will have the chance to taste the Maratheftiko, a rare variety.
LAONA – AKAMAS WINE ROUTE
The unique Laona – Akamas route is amazing as it not only offers an amazing view but it also combines culture, little charming villages and samples of some of the best white wine on the island. Starting from Mesogi and ending at Polis Chrysochous going through the villages of Droushia, Kathikas, Pano and Kato Arodes the route offers an amazing experience. Visitors will get the chance to taste the Xynisteri, a white wine which is cultivated in the environment of the sea breeze and also the Maratheftiko variety, one of the best red wines on the island.
VOUNI PANAYIAS – AMBELITIS A&B WINE ROUTE
These two routes begin from the village Mesogi in Paphos, with the first one ending at Achellia and the second one at Mesogi. The route is at an altitude of 2,400 meters and visitors get to discover many wineries producing white wines from peaches, green apples and apricots. The route includes Vouni Panayias, Chrysorrogiatissa and Agio Photio that include samples of the best wines made from black grapes. The Xynisteri variety is also found on the beautiful scenic route.
DIARIZOS VALLEY WINE ROUTE
The Diarizos route is not as well-known as the rest of the routes because of its lower altitude. Nonetheless it also has beautiful scenery and lovely vineyards. Over the past few years, modern vine cultivation methods have been introduced in the area transforming it into a prominent, competitive location for wine production. This route begins and ends at Achelleia village in Paphos and one can meet the warm welcoming of the locals along with the tranquil environment.
KRASOSCHORIA LEMESOU WINE ROUTE
Probably the most famous wine villages in Cyprus that represent the island’s traditional wine making are the ones located in the district of Limassol. This group of villages contains most of the wineries on the island as the Mediterranean climate and the geological capacities of the area produce excellent quality grapes. This route is truly unique asthe traditional food is added to the whole experience. Out of the villages included in the route, Koilani and Omodos are the most famous ones, especially Omodos for its church of Timios Stavros.
Wine is a big part of our culture in Cyprus, it is a way of life and an inherent passion.