Route 1 Laona - Akamas
Pafos, Mesogi, Tsada, Stroumpi, Kathikas, Akourdaleia, Pano Arodes, Kato Arodes, Ineia, Drouseia, Polis Chrysochous, Pegeia, Pafos
This route follows age-old pathways in the north-western department of Cyprus. It oﬀers some uniquely interesting visit as, not merely those associated with vines and wines. Whilst exploring this area, the touring lover of food and wine will have the opportunity to visit ﬁve wineries and to try some most interesting wines, which they will ﬁnd add to our Cyprus food on their palate. There are plenty of tavernas along the way, where the hosts will ensure they do not disappoint. The bonus, however, is that as well as tickling the taste buds and satisfying our needs for food and drink, there is a remarkable panorama of scenery, cultural, geographic and geological interest spread out, of which there is nothing similar on the island.
Generally speaking we shall travel along secondary roads, mainly on the E701 and E709. The road ascends steadily, passing from the cultivated ﬁelds, shrubs and bushes to taller vegetation and the crowning glory of the patch worked ﬁelds of vines. One fascinating vista follows another as we weave our way upwards through delightful valleys and views to the forest areas. And then, almost unexpectedly, we come to tiny villages which ﬁgure the landscape from time to time - the area is sparsely populated and this, perhaps, is a contributory factor to create the lovely rustic, rural atmosphere...
Nature's crowning glory of this particular vines and wines region is the Akamas Peninsula. Away from building development, it is the unspoilt area of Cyprus, with its ﬂora and fauna rooted in the mists of time. In the set of the land, its close association with the sea, in its vegetation and wild life, Akamas is a wondrous place. Here the visitor can immerse themselves in simply experiencing the beauty and revel in the timelessness of the place.
The traveller, perhaps replete from Cyprus hospitality with its ever-ready supplies of food and drink, can enter here another world, a perfect antidote to the pleasures of the table.
White varieties: Plant X Malvasia G., Plant X, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Semillon, Chardonnay, Muscat, Xynisteri.
Red varieties: Mavro, Ofthalmo, Carignan, Mataro, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Alicante B., Grenache, Shiraz, Merlot, Lefkada, Maratheftiko
• "FIKARDOS" Winery - The grapes "FIKARDOS" Winery uses are the red Maratheftiko, Lefkada, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and the white Xynisteri, Chardonnay and Semillon.
• "KAMANTERENA" - Riesling-Xynisteri, "Mountain Vines"
• "TSALAPATIS WINES"- Xynisteri, Sauvignon Blanc and a red blend of Mataro and Lefkada.
• "K&K VASILIKON WINERY" -"Vasilikon", red "Ayios Onoufrios", blended from Mavro, Mataro, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache
• "STERNA"- the cave is a very genuine one, said to be around 2,000 years old, where Sterna wines are stored.
Place of Interest: Every year, in August, Stroumpi organises the "Dionysia" Grape Festival. If you are visiting at that time, it's a good event to go to.
For more information and details for this Route, Wineries and Places of Interest please visit http://media.visitcyprus.com/media/eBrochures/High/wine_booklet_eng_lrg.pdf
Source: Cyprus Tourism Organisation