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Maratheftiko and the other Red Grapes of Cyprus

Tasting at Makkas Winery

Reading Time: This is Part 2 of our article on the indigenous grape varieties of Cyprus. Part 1 contains our thoughts on the white varieties. Cypriot Red Varieties There are several international red grapes showing potential in Cyprus. Most producers compliment the hardiness of Syrah, Mataro (Mourvedre), and Grenache. We tasted several solid wines from…

Cypriot Wineries: Part 1

Zambartas Winery Building

Reading Time: We were pleasantly surprised with our recent tasting trip throughout Cyprus. As we mentioned in a previous article, over the course of two weeks, we tasted more than 200 wines from 30 different producers. For most of the trip, we were on the road visiting two or three producers each day.     It…

Graševina Without Borders: Eight Wines To Try

Croatia Grasevina Vineyards

Reading Time: Graševina is a Central/Eastern European white grape with unclear origins. It has many names around the region. In Austria, it’s known as Welschriesling, in Hungary as Olazrizling, and in Slovenia as Laški Rizling. In Serbia, it has two names Grašac and Italian Riesling. While there is no agreeable name for the grape, Jancis…

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