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More than Xynisteri: Indigenous White Wine Grapes of Cyprus

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Reading Time: Our favorite thing about traveling around the world for wine is tasting unique, indigenous varieties. That is why we jumped at the chance to visit Cyprus. With its long history of winemaking and isolation, many old grape varieties have survived there. The Cypriot wine industry is working hard to focus on their native…

George Kassianos: The Godfather of Cypriot Wine

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Reading Time: George Kassianos is the president of the Cyprus Sommelier Association and the operations manager at Annabelle Hotel in Paphos, Cyprus. In February, together with Cyprus Tourism Organisation, Mr Kassianos put together a two-week long wine trip for us to research Cypriot wine and explore the culture of his motherland. In this interview, he shares with us…

Vouni Panayia: Confidence in the Cypriot Wine Grapes

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Reading Time: We love wineries that showcase a country’s indigenous varieties. In Cyprus, about 80% of the vineyards are planted with ungrafted, native grape vines. Nearly every winery makes a wine out of the indigenous white grape Xynisteri. Increasingly, more producers are making red wine from the native grape Maratheftiko. However, most producers also have Chardonnay,…

Your Cheat Sheet to the Wines of Cyprus, Part I

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Reading Time: Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean with an area of 9,251 square kilometers. Situated at the northeastern end of the Mediterranean basin, the country lies at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa. Due to its geographical position, Cyprus’s history is marked by turbulence and its culture shaped by different influences—from…

Facing Our Fears: Cypriot Wine

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Reading Time: Renowned wine critic Jancis Robinson said in 2013, “Some of the worst wine I have tasted since I started writing about wine was what was available the one time we went on holiday to the far-eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus in 1983.” That may have been a long time ago, but that line was…

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