Wine Routes Video
Watch the Video.The sun-kissed southern slopes of the Troodos mountains above Lemesos (Limassol) are known as the 'Krassochoria' and are renowned for their vineyards and delightful hillside villages. The old forms of viticulture are still kept alive in these villages and wine production is still the main occupation for most of the inhabitants. This is the area which produces the island’s famous dry red wine. A number of small wineries welcome visitors on wine tasting tours. The area is reached from the Limassol - Paphos road, turning right after Erimi village or from the Lemesos (Limassol) - Platres road.Take a tour of the wineries and in some wine-tasting, or sample other grape-based delicacies.A number of agrotourism establishments can be found in the area.
Laona – Akamas
An alluring and captivating region with rugged coastlines, gorgeous and tranquil countryside, charming small villages imbued with culture and tradition, blossoming vines blended gently in with contemporary elements. These lovely quaint villages are an open invitation to their vineyards- villages such as Ineia, Pano Arodes and Kathikas which lie on the western shores of the island. ‘Xynisteri is a native to Cyprus grape variety that thrives in the Cyprus climate with its sea breeze producing full bodied white wines, among the best on the island, with a delicate aroma and a refreshing taste. Among the best of our red wines is the rare Maratheftiko, which you can also find along one of the wine routes on offer.
Vouni Panagias – Ambelitis B
The Vouni Panagias – Ambelitis route lies on the western part of the island in the district of Paphos at an altitude of 2,400 feet above sea level. You will travel through a beautiful landscape sampling the delightful locally produced wines. There are numerous wineries here producing white wines with a taste of peaches, green apples and apricots with a distinct delicacy and aroma. The other native to Cyprus grape is the Maratheftiko variety. Made from red fruits, roses and violets this sumptuous red wine is also cultivated here. In the high altitude villages along this route including Vouni Panagias, Chrysorrogiatissa and Agios Fotios have a sample of the best Mavro grape wines, another local grape variety producing delicious dark and rose wines.
Travelling along the Diarizos river, this route is encompassed in beautiful untouched greenery dotted with lovely vineyards and peace-inducing scenery. The Diarizos valley is less well known in comparison to other wine growing areas, as it sits at a far lower altitude. Although it hasn’t been at the forefront in recent years, things have changed. The introduction of modern vine cultivation in numerous small wine making units that have been created have transformed this region in to a competitive wine making area which holds good promise for the future. Encounter the warm hospitality of the locals among the tranquil landscape and enjoy the wine in friendly company and pleasant environment. The Diarizos valley is the least known wine producing region in Cyprus.
These are renowned wine villages, perhaps the most renowned on the island. Lying amongst enchanting scenery, this is a stronghold of traditional wine making. Found in the Limassol district, they are known as the Krasochoria, which in English is translated ‘wine villages’. The Krasochoria have the greatest concentration of wineries on the island. Koilani and Omodos are a few worth mentioning. This route is truly unique compared to the others. Take in (apart from the wine) the charming village scenery with its traditional architecture, cobblestone passages and sample the traditional Cyprus cuisine in some the best taverns on the island.
Koumandaria Wine Route
A trip that takes you back in time, to the secrets of the island's most ancient and famous wine, the world famous Koumandaria. The fourteen koumandaria villages along this route date back to the 12th c. when the knights of St. John were producing and exporting it. One of the oldest named wines in the world, made from sun dried grapes to enhance their sugar content result in a sweet wine not dissimilar to sweet cherry. Visit the surrounding wineries in the protected zone as well as the centuries old Laneia wine press which has been refurbished. Worth visiting is the medieval castle of Kolossi, once the base of the Knights of St. John.
Quaint villages with a welcoming hospitality as well as the charming countryside with its pine trees and vines invite you to have a good time. The villages in this area, including Pisilia, a winner of the Nom d’Origine, are spread around the mountain peaks of Madari, Machairas and Papoutsa. The high altitude and the geology in this area contribute to the quality of the grapes and subsequently the richness of the wine. The indigenous grape varieties found here dominate the vineyards- which is a good thing.
Nicosia - Larnaka
The 7th and final wine route is located in the mountain area of Larnaca and Nicosia and passes through 11 communities (Skarinou, Kato Lefkara, Pano Lefkara, Kato Drys, Vavla, Ora, Odou, Farmakas) in Larnaka (Gourri, Fikardou, Kalo Chorio Orinis) in Nicosia and three wineries, Aes Ambelis (Kalo Chorio Orinis), Ktima Dafermou (Pano Lefkara) and Ktima Christoudia (Kato Drys). All thhe routes are designed in special way to discover all the traditional and charming villages.