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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  • Syrah

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

  • Grenache

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

  • Xynisteri

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

  • Centurion

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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Popular Wineries in Cyprus View all

  • Keo Limited

    Since it was founded in 1927, KEO has grown into the largest and most prestigious beverage suppli...

  • Tsiakkas Winery

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

  • Lambouri Winery

    Cyprus, the „Island of Love“ and birthplace of Aphrodite, is home to Lambouri Winery for over 30...


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

  • Platanico Wines & Spirits Ltd

    Platanico Wines & Spirits traces its origins back to 1922 when its founder Christodoulos Platanis...

  • Fikardos Winery

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

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