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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…

Cyprus Sweet Wines: Commandaria and More

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Reading Time: Can sweet wine be the key for Cyprus to becoming prominent on the world stage? One producer of dry wines told us, “If everything about Cypriot wine were up to me, I would make all the producers focus on sweet wines. Look at Madeira (Portugal), it is a tiny island but people know…

More than Xynisteri: Indigenous White Wine Grapes of Cyprus

Cyprus Wine Bush Vines

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

Vouni Panayia View Cyprus

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

Cypriot Vineyard

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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