Cyprus has the perfect climate for cultivating and producing wine. It’s also a long-standing tradition that some say it dates back to when the first ever wine was created. Cyprus has the world’s oldest wine that is still being produced today. This is the Coumandaria wine, made from sun-dried grapes of the varieties Xynisteri and Mavro. It is a sweet dessert wine usually made in the Troodos Mountain range. This wine dates back to the 12th century but we also have found descriptions of this wine going back to 800BC.
Wine tasting in Cyprus is a very popular activity to do while visiting as there are a variety of family run wineries to visit. You can take a guided tour of their establishments and also do a tasting of a selection of their wines.
You can find Wineries all over the island in the mountain ranges and be sure to be amazed by the views and for sure the wines. The experience found in each winery is carried on from generation to generation as most are family run. If you visit during sunset or golden hours you will be for sure greeted with memorizing views and atmosphere.
There are 7 wine routes on this beautiful majestic island and below you will see the villages they go through
1) Diarizos Wine Route which passes through many villages in the north of the Paphos Region. These 14 villages are: Acheleia, Kouklia, Nikokleia, Choletria, Stavrokonnou, Kelokedara, Salamiou, Mesana, Arminou, Filousa, Agios Nikolaos, Praitori, Kedares, Agios Georgios, Mamonia and Fasoula
2) Vouni Panagias – Ambelitis Wine Route which again passes through the Paphos Region on the Eastern side of the mountains. Here are the vilalges this wine route passes through: Mesogi, Tsada, Stroumbi, Polemi, Psathi, Kannaviou, Asprogia, Pano Panagia, Chrysorrogiatissa, Agia Moni, Statos-Agios Fotios, Koilinea, Galataria, Pentalia, Amargeti, Eledio, Agia Varvara and Acheleia or through Choulou, Lemona, Kourdaka, Letymvou and Kallepeia.
3) Laona Akamas Route which goes through the following vilaages, again located in the Paphos Region: Mesogi, Tsada, Stroumbi, Kathikas, Akourdaleia, Pano Arodes, Kato Arodes, Ineia, Drouseia, Polis and Pegeia.
5) Commandaria Route which is also in the north Limassol region. The villages on this route are: Kolossi, Erimi, Monagri, Agios Georgios, Silikou, Doros, Laneia, Trimilkini, Agios Mamas, Kapileio, Zoopigi, Kalo Chorio, Agios Pavlos, Agios Konstantinos, Louvaras, Gerasa, Apsiou.
6) Pitsillia route found on the east of Limassol towards Troodos mountains. The villages this route passes through are: Trimiklini, Pelendri, Potamitissa, Dymes, Kyperounta, Chandria, Polystypos, Alona, Agros, Agios Ioannis, Agios Theodoros.
7) Larnaca-Nicosia Route this route goes through the rural areas of Larnaca and Nicosia. The villages it passes through are: Skarinou, Lefkara, Kato Drys, Vavla, Ora, Odou, Farmakas, Gourri, Fikardou, Kalo Chorio.
So, when in Cyprus be sure to check out any of the villages mentioned on these routes to find wineries and try some Cypriot wine.