Cypriot Wine

There is archeological evidence that winemaking on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus may have existed as many 6000 years ago. Its location off the southern coast of Turkey and relatively near the Greek islands has always made it an attractive trading hub, as well as easy target conquered by many civilizations over the centuries. Its wine industry became especially prominent during the Middle Ages and the Crusades, as European traders found a market back home. A version of the sweet wine still produced today known as Commandaria (the highest ranking knights were “commanderies”) rose to prominence in the 12th century and was said to be a favorite of the Plantagenets. This is an early precursor to foreign English-stronghold fortified wines like Madeira and Marsala. Wine production on Cyprus came to a near standstill during the Ottoman occupation between the 17th and 19th centuries until the British Empire stepped in again around the 1870s. While most of the world suffered from the Phylloxera Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Cyprus View all

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

  • Centurion

    Centurion is a productive red grape cross, developed at U.C. Davis by crossing Cabernet Sauvignon, with Grenache and ...

  • Xynisteri

    ξυνιστέρι (Xynisteri) is an indigenous white grape grown in Cyprus

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Popular Wineries in Cyprus View all

  • Monte Royia Winery

    Monte Royia winery has been established in the (Panagia) Khrysorrogiatissa monastery since 1985. ...

  • Fikardos Winery

    Our family is passionate in grafting for you the true cypriot wine experience.  Fikardos win...

  • SODAP

    In 1947, a team of forward looking Vine Growers decided to organize their grapes production, reli...

  • Etko

    'Professional vineyard management, state of the art technology, the importation of foreign wine m...

  • Tsiakkas Winery

    T he mountain villages in the Pitsilia Region of Cyprus have traditionally been famous for their ...

  • Loel Limited

    LOEL LTD was founded in 1943 and it was the first winery in Cyprus that was organised in the form...

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