Get to know the wonderful Cyprus wines by wine-tasting and try the grape based delicacies in the traditional villages, old monasteries or wine museums. The CTO (Cyprus Tourism Organization) organizes six wine routes where visitors can get acquainted with the island’s enchanting and humble wineries. The CTO has also published a Cyprus Wine Route Guide which is available to the public.
These wine routes in the Limassol and Paphos districts are visible on many different roads with road signs bearing the name of the wine route. On these routes you will encounter amazing scenery, wineries and lovely graceful villages.
Koumandaria Wine Route
Koumandaria is Cyprus’ most ancient wine and, is world famous. The fourteen koumandaria villages along this route date back to the 12th century 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.
All the PDF e- Brochures was taken from the CTO. You can get a copy from any Cyprus Tourism Organization office in Cyprus.
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.
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. The Mediterranean climate and geological properties of the area combine to produce excellent wines, mainly from the indigenous varieties already mentioned in the Vouni Panagias – Ambelitis B description as well as from the imported varieties such as Mataro and Cabernet Sauvignon. 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.