ROUTE 6 LEMESOS, AGIA FYLA, PALODEIA, ALASSA, TRIMIKLINI, PELENDRI, POTAMITISSA, DYMES, KYPEROUNTA, CHANDRIA, POLYSTYPOS, ALONA, AGROS, AGIOS IOANNIS, AGIOS THEODOROS, ZOOPIGI
This route takes us through the eastern aspects of the Troodos Mountains. It is called Pitsilia and the wine tourist comes upon no less than 14 villages involved in vine growing or winemaking in one way or another. The hills are sturdy and steep and the good tarmac road twists its way upwards and round them. Villages are dramatically revealed to us as we round the bends. The three peaks of Troodos look down on the vineyards of Pitsilia. The highest peak is Olympus, at 1952 metres, followed by Madari (1672m) and Papoutsa (1530m). In this almost wild landscape, cultivated land clings to the steep slopes, a tribute to man’s determination. Trees abound, in orchards, gardens, streets and yards: almonds, olives, walnuts, apples and wild berries. But the loveliest array of greenery (especially in dry summers) is that of the vineyards. Their produce here feeds the two wineries we can visit on this itinerary.
Plenty goes on in Pitsilia villages and their nearby areas, quite a lot of it to do with food and wine. The area is surrounded by four forests: Troodos forest in the west, Mahairas forest in east, the Adelfoi forest in the north, and Lemesos forest to the south. It is dominated by the peak of Madari (1,672 m). Generally, there is ample rainfall here, producing rich vegetation. Noted for its scenery and its many activities, the Pitsilia area is also well known for the friendliness and hospitality of its residents. Two wineries lie before us to look at, taste and enjoy…
Red Varieties: Ofthalmo, Maratheftiko, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mataro, Mavro, Shiraz, Lefkada
White Varieties: Xynisteri, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Malaga
“TSIAKKAS WINERY”- You may try whites made from Chardonnay, Xynisteri and Sauvignon Blanc, and their red Cabernet Sauvignon is also highly praised.
· “KYPEROUNTA” Winery - Try the white “Petritis” Xynisteri and Chardonnay; the red blend “Andessitis” as well as the Cabernet Sauvignon.
· “HAGGIPAVLOU”- production of “Koniak” (Cyprus Brandy).
· KEO Brewery and Winery - “Maratheftiko”, “Riesling” and “Xynisteri”. KEO is the second oldest wine firm in Cyprus dating from 1927.
· “LOEL” wine factory - Try “Mediterranean Cabernet Sauvignon” -a dry wine, with a pleasant aroma and good structure.
· “SODAP”wine factory – Try “Mountain Vines” Semillon white.
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