ROUTE 2 PAFOS, MESOGI, TSADA, STROUMPI, POLEMI, PSATHI, KANNAVIOU, ASPROGIA, PANO PANAGIA, CHRYSORROGIATISSA, AGIA MONI, STATOS - AGIOS FOTIOS, KOILINEIA, GALATARIA, PENTALIA, AMARGETI, ELEDIO, AGIA VARVARA OR STATOS - AGIOS FOTIOS, CHOULOU, LEMONA, KOURDAKA, LETYMVOU, KALLEPEIA
Indeed, in Cyprus as elsewhere, winemaking is an ancient activity, handed down from father to son for generation after generation. And, as we start to traverse the wine route “Vouni Panagias - Ampelitis”, we shall encounter many families long, long involved in wine. Yes, there is tradition aplenty in Cyprus wine and there are many villagers who still make it in the old terracotta pots called Pithari (though mostly the wine is used for steeping pork meat used for the traditional Loukanika - sausages, and for distilling into the local Eau-de-vie, Zivania). Today’s winemakers courteously lend an eye and an ear to the myths and traditions of wine in history, but their wineries house the most up to date, frequently computerised and nearly always temperature controlled equipment. And the winemakers are well trained, often having graduated in oenology from Universities in France, Greece, USA and elsewhere. There is also a worthy government-sponsored Vines and Wines Institute in Lemesos which has done marvellous work in the development of Cyprus wine. Our winemakers are young, charming, passionate about their work, friendly and hospitable. Nevertheless, for the romantic, and for many a visitor, here legend meets reality… And there is more than vines and wine. Revel in the naturalness of the countryside with its diverse range of trees…oak, olives, walnuts, cypresses, pines and poplars and many more.
North-Eastwards from Pafos it is hilly and we can see the south-western ridges and peaks of the Troodos range. Open vistas of vineyards and other cultivation change as we wind our way upwards (as always on a good road), where groups of oak trees (Quercus infectoria) may be seen. In the north-eastern corner of this itinerary occur handsome and often dense pine woods. Sometimes the region is almost wild, so no wonder, it is home to plentiful wild life - plants, trees, animals and birds. It also offers us the chance to visit seven wineries.
White Grapes: Xynisteri, Palomino, Malvasia L., Malvasia G., Ugni Blanc, Plant X., Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Semillon, Chardonnay, Sultana Malaga, Muscat of Alexandria
Red Grapes: Mavro, Ofthalmo, Maratheftiko, Lefkada, Carignan Noir, Mataro, Oellade, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Alicante B., Black Muscat, Grenache, Shiraz, Merlot
· “EZOYSA” winery - Recommended are: “Agios Chrysostomos”, a dry, fresh and fruity young white wine made from the
Xynisteri grape; the crisp, dry, Maratheftiko rose, “Eros” and the fragrant and rich berry-like Cabernet Sauvignon “Aenos”.
· “VOUNI PANAGIA WINERY”- Nibble local cheeses as they sample the range of wines and the local Eau de vie, Zivania, “Alina”, “Plakota”
· “KOLIOS WINERY” - “Persephoni”, “Cornetto”,“Agios Fotios”.
· “SHOUFAS” winery - Try Shoufas wines made from traditional grapes of the region: the dry red “Maratheftiko” and the white dry “Xynisteri”.
· “KALAMOS WINERY”- “Ayia Sotira”,“Livades”, “Zivania”,
· “TSANGARIDES WINERY”
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