Exotic Wine Travel’s 17 Wines of 2017

Exotic Wine Travel Best Wines 2017

Reading Time: 2017 marked the third year of our location-independent lifestyle and the second year of our wine career. It was a momentous year for us---in the span of 12 months, we authored and published our second and third wine book Sipping Santa Barbara and Cracking Croatian Wine, traveled to seven countries, and tasted

Top Cyprus Wine: Our Favorite Cypriot Wineries

vlassides winery

Welcome to the big leagues! While the quality among all top estates in Cyprus is surprisingly high, these are the three wineries we were most impressed with (in addition to Vouni Panayia which we wrote about in a previous article). All of the wines in the portfolios of these producers

Cypriot Wineries: Part 2

Cypriot Vineyards

This is part 2 of the Cypriot wineries article. Check out our previous article, Cypriot Wineries: Part One.  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. Most

Cyprus Sweet Wines: Commandaria and More

Ayia Mavri Winery Cyprus Winery Cypriot Wine

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

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

George Kassianos: The Godfather of Cypriot Wine

visit cyprus

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

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,

Your Cheat Sheet to the Wines of Cyprus, Part I

introduction to cyprus wine cypriot

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