Unveiling grape and vineyard secrets

Cyprus Wine expressions whose time has come.

A timely present for fathers day and for a fond viticultural future of Cyprus wine.

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Unveiling secrets – more than something to be proud of.

Vouni Panayia collective effort extracting and expressing knowledge, research and personal as well family affinity with the land. These Microcuvées come at a time where experimenting with local varieties has yet to reach its peak.

The Vouni Panagia Microvinifications Series is fruit of experimenting with the native varieties of Cyprus through a series of selected small microcuvées.

The aim of the family is an in-depth understanding of the potential of indigenous varieties of the island through the observation of their behavior in different wine-growing and oenological practices.

Each wine represents a specific theme. The seven themes – labels include shots from the people and the natural environment around the winery, as well as moments and memories of the family.

Marios Karystos, graphic designer responsible for Vouni Panagias new visual identity and label design, involved artists and friends Andrea Allabrite, Andreas Bouka, Dimitris Klonos, Alexandra Manousaki, Manolis Moumalides and George Tzavaras, who portrayed these stories in their unique style.

Bold wine & dine dame, until the very end – Farewell Jill

see you beyond Jill
Fight is over, party with the stars darling.

Feature writer and cool hunter Jill Campbell MacKay passed away on saturday after a long fight with illness. Funeral to be held at the Lemona cemetery on 23rd of April, 2018

Fight against big C was tough and she leaves the entertainment scene orphan both professionally, as a bold journalist and Public relations personality, but also as a dear friend of her friends who enjoyed a good laugh and a bottle of wine.

You will be watching upon us from above and beyond Jill.
Αιωνια της η μνημη. Rest in peace.

Jill Campbell Mackay’s final resting place will be at the Lemona cemetery.
On Monday 23rd of April, 2018 there will be a service at the cemetery and a farewell drink in her honor. Her family arrived in Cyprus this Wednesday to accompany and arrange final details. We would like to extend our most sincere of condolences to family and friends.

Earned paradise for Cyprus viticulture today

In Zivania we trust….

An age-old family aspiration finally comes to fruition. It’s easier said with the finished product in hand.

The relative symbolic importance of this Zivania, is that, it’s as testimonial to winemaker Andreas Kyriakides’s vision, as it is to 30 years of evolution of Cyprus winemaking.  While one can’t negate a 5 millennial heritage and an arduous farming past,  it’s the future perspective that sits in the capable hands of a few Vignerons that is important today.  Today’s achievement is that of been able to crystallize ideas and dreams into winemaking that hits the palate and the shelves.
Age-old Zivania - Vouni Panayia Inspiration

Promara Path of wine, Piday

Doing the math with Cyprus wine on #Piday

That’s for Promara.  There isn’t a  long list of grapes that can stand as testimonial as to the where and how, almost extinct grapes, can be traced to have marked a new path for Cyprus winemakers in tackling  fine wine on the island and the future for endemic grapes.

Fortunately the history is short – 6 years separates these #Piday dates and let’s not just look at the market now with the 2017 Promara vintages, but take Promara as a grape variety that changed a winery, that changed how white wines would be released to the market, that changed the look towards vineyards and lost grapes, and the grapes that has made a proven case for patience, value and heritage. The same patience and vision it took Vouni Panayia Winery to aim for an age-old family aspiration.
Piday Promara

Taste of India

Kudos to local Cypriot tastes exported

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Triple kudos crown to them for organising and to Subhash Arora – Indian Wine Academy for reporting.

For the evening were presented by Sommelier Magan and his colleague, Gagan Sharma WSET Dip. It was a very palatable and educational evening that needs to be repeated frequently, a continual process that needs to be structured. But kudos to H.E Demetrios Theophylactou for spearheading a tasting that was long overdue and would certainly not have been easy to organise.

Also a great read – The wine tasting evening was greatly enjoyed by the guests by Radhika Puar a.k.a The Grape Vine

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The weight of Xynisteri

At the heart of Cyprus grape harvest with Xynisteri

Harvest season progresses in Cyprus with the main native grapes varieties among which, the white grape Xynisteri. Independent grape growers carry the weight of farming grapes and thankfully in the last 30 years, wineries have been progressively moving in areas of vineyards thus altering the productive structure of the principal winemaking entities in Cyprus. Wineries sit now closer to the concerns and challenges of grape growers.

xynisteri grape load

Cyprus harvest begins….

If it weren’t for the grapes, we wouldn’t have known

Some are quick to rush with the news, yet when continental Europe’s harvest begins, one almost automatically knows that Cyprus has already harvested its own grapes 10 to 15 days earlier.
It started with Soultanina, moves with Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon….#Cyharvest17 Grapes to Press – A good harvest to all – καλό τρύγο.


Pictures above: Mallia Winery

Terroir has to be discovered

If terroir is everything, yet it’s not discovered, then does it actually even exist?

Bold it is to zip around the world to discover them – that’s the essence of the World Explorers Project Comes to Cyprus.

To bring to light emerging countries. To visit regions in the making. To meet atypical winegrowers. To taste out of the ordinary wines. This is the ambition of WINE Explorers, a unique project to take an inventory of all the wine producing countries of the world.

Cyprus being among those 250 winegrowing regions targeted, the vineyards to be surveyed and wines to be tasted starts today, as project collaborators fly in this evening into Larnaca.
Wish them good luck and let the vineyards speak.

Cyprus wine in Beirut

A first, is a first – select Cyprus Wine Tasting in Lebanon 🇱🇧 #hapening #privatetasting

Beirut cypruswine by Tirebouchonlb<<The hard work of the producers is reflected in the wine… most of the attendees appreciated that with diverse but all positive feedback on the wines tasted>> Toufic & Antoine ~ Tire Bouchon – terroirs et vins

Tasting took place today at the Baron gastrobar in Beirut among sommeliers and winelovers. A group tasting with the presence of Cyprus Ambassador, the consul and trade relations manager. The presented wines were hand-picked by Antoine and Toufic while on a an earlier visit to Cyprus facilitated by Stelios Afxentiou, Ministry of Commerce liason in Limassol.

Wineries that provided wines were Makkas Winery, Ezousa Winery, Zambartas Wines, Tsiakkas Winery, Lambouri Winery, Vouni Panayia winery

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