Discover the best Cyprus wine in the Paphos and Limassol regions.
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Best Cyprus Wine
The Paphos region and the Lemesos (Limassol) region are the two largest wine growing areas in Cyprus.The quality of wine in Cyprus has improved enormously over the last 15 years thanks to the introduction of modern production techniques and the sheer love of winemaking exhibited by many new and old entrepreneurs in the field of Cyprus oenology.
Since arriving on the island in 2005, we have seen small boutique wineries blossom and older wineries move into the 21st century with state of the art new premises to replace their old sheds. And when I say "shed," I really mean it as wine used to be produced in vats at the back of a barn in many cases.
Here are my recommendations for visiting the best Cyprus wineries in the Paphos and Limassol regions. Some of these wineries are just 15 years old and all are very small producing between 50,000 and 150,000 bottles of wine per year. My husband and I continue our mission to find the very best wine in Cyprus (a hard task of course!) and here are our latest discoveries.
Click on the links for more information on each of what I like to call "boutique" Cyprus wineries:
Tip: My current favourite wine is the delightful Shiraz rose from Tsangarides winery in Lemona. Another excellent rose with a strawberry aroma is Rodeas from Tsiakkas winery in the Limassol region.
Angelos Tsangarides has only been running his winery since 2005 but has already won several awards for his wine.
A former accountant, Angelos has a burning passion for wine making that is truly infectious when you meet him. He admits that he is only just starting on his wine journey and has a lot to learn, but if his initial production is anything to go by, he has made a truly excellent start!
Try his unique organic Mataro, his gorgeous Rose made from Shiraz grapes, his young and fresh organic Chardonnay or his excellent Cabernet Sauvignon - they are really some of the best Cyprus wine you can buy
Established by owner Michalis Constantanides in 2003, the Ezousa offers a small selection of excellent wines from the gorgeous and excellent value lead in white Ayios Chrysostomos made from Xynisteri grapes to the rich and powerful Maratheftiko red.
While you can no longer visit the winery for wine tasting as all wine sales now go through a distributor, you can buy the wine in most supermarkets and all the good quality restaurants stock Ezousa wine.
A wonderful rose made from pure indigenous Maratheftiko grapes is a real highlight as it has aromatic strawberry flavours.
Vasilikon was established in 1993 by the Kyriakides brothers and is the closest local winery to Polis, located just outside Kathikas village.
Only four wines are produced here, but each one has great flavour and total consistency in quality year after year. In the beginning, Vasilikon only produced a red and a white wine and the reason they becamse so successful was because the quality remained the same as each year passed.
The Methy Cabernet Sauvignon was added over 6 years ago and more recently the excellent Einalia rose wine. After years of producing and selling their wines from a large shed outside the village, the Kyriakides family finally built their dream winery in a beautiful new building overlooking the Avakas gorge. Do make time to drop in to taste the wine either during the day or night as they now have a wine bar, well-frequented by many locals.
Domaine Vlassides Winery
Modern new Vlassides Winery
Sophocles Vlassides is a fully qualified oenologist having trained in the USA.
The love of wine making runs in the family as his father is a self taught wine maker. The tiny old winery in the picture to the left used to be located in the centre of Koilani village in the Troodos mountains. It has now moved to stylish new premises where you can taste some superb wines, although it doesn't have the same character as sipping wine in the courtyard of the family home!
My favourite wine produced by Vlassides is the mouthwatering Shiraz which makes up over 50% of production at the winery. It is not a cheap everyday wine as it costs twice as much as the entry level wines at most other wineries. But the Vlassides strategy is to focus on premium wines rather than everyday table wine and if you have the budget, you could always drink it every day.
Andreas has been passionately making wine from grapes harvested in his own private vineyards for over 20 years. And he still makes wine in a big old shed on the outskirts of Polemi village in the Paphos region!
He produces a lovely sauvignon blanc, one of the few wineries in Cyprus to grow this grape variety plus rosé and shiraz wines worthy of any meal.
Do visit Andreas if you get the chance at his winery just outside Polemi village. He is a real character.
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