Return of the Cyprus Wine Competition, an Update for the Cyprus Wine Sector
As a signal to a much desired return to normality for the Cyprus Wine sector, the 8th Cyprus Wine competition returns with a full agenda of activities co-organised by municipality of Limassol, The SOK (winery proprietors) and the Union of qualified Oenologists.
Since the annexing of the now extinct Cyprus Wine Council and interrupted since 2013, the local quality barometer for Cyprus Wine, makes an official return under the guidance of the department of Agriculture and a wider circle of co-organisers and supporting entities.
The competition judging will be held from the 22nd -24th of April and as in the past, it will be following the procedures of the International Organization for Vine and Wine (OIV), open only to participating wines from Cyprus either as part of the Commandaria protected denomination, the protected geographical indication or specific varietal wines – all of which, will have obtained a certificate of conformity from the ministry to participate.
A series of parallel events will be held across the island.
The continued Cyprus Wine Aroma series by the Cyprus Wine Academy will be further pursued as an itinerant Wine Salon from the 17th until the 20th – to be held in Nicosia, Paphos, Limassol and Paralimni successively
On going promotion activities and tastings at the Paphos and Larnaca airports 17th-25th April
Participating hotels and restaurants 17th-25th April
Wine seminar about Commandaria Wine production and Viticulture – 21st April
Closing Ceremony & Cyprus Wine Awards – Sunday 25th of April
Exceptionally, all events and celebrations will be held in memory of Oenologist Akis Zambartas, Cypriot Winemaker that passed away last November due to illness. Our particular sparkle in the sky to eternally shine upon us.
The 8th Cyprus Competition Program can be downloaded via the link as seen in the image below
A wine star on earth has been lost, but we’ve gained a sparkle in the sky to eternally shine upon us.
Akis Zambartas, Cypriot Winemaker transformed into the cornerstone of wine education in Cyprus passes away at the young age of 67 years due to illness. Marcos Zambartas and family will carry on the legacy established by this french-schooled ‘Amant du vin et de la vie‘. Bon Voyage nôtre ami Akis.
The golden lining at the Decanter Awards 2014 for Cyprus Wine participation
The results are in, and our faith restored.
The 2014 Decanter Annual Awards have a single most outstanding revelation. You guessed it, Aes Ambelis was highly rewarded for it’s consistency and the wise introduction of Commandaria in its portfolio that did not go unnoticed by the 2014 Decanter Award judges.
Winemaking and pursuit of medals is not an end in itself, but it’s a relevant barometer of appreciation. Congratulations to the new wineries participating and to Aes Ambelis for it’s outstanding effort with Commandaria, still carrying the flag for the absolute taste of Cyprus in Wine.
Below you may find a summary of the participating wines and wineries.
Aes Ambelis White 2013
Aes Ambelis Aes
Ambelis Omiros 2011
K&K Vasilikon Winery Methy 2009
Winery Einalia 2013
Ktima Gerolemo Xynisteri 2013
Makkas Red 2012
K&K Vasilikon Winery
Makkas Xynisteri 2013
Sodap Saint Barnabas
Zambartas Maratheftiko 2011
Zambartas Shiraz-lefkada 2012
Makkas Merlot 2011
Zambartas Xynisteri 2013
Xynisteri Semillon 2013
Sodap Lefkada-shiraz 2010
* Wines listed in table are in Alphabetic order
** Photography – vivino
Perseverance and dedication to the timeless wine from Cyprus.
The New Era Wine Competition in Limassol discerns medals to local wines
Saturday, June 7th, the cultural center of Panos Solomonides in Limassol, symbolical “Open Doors” gave the public a unique opportunity to taste award-winning wines as distinguished by the panel of 7 judges invited for the occasion. The 1st wine competition of a new era, managed independently of the Cyprus Wine Products Council and under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture under the OIV rules managed to discern 33 awards between Grand Gold, Gold and Silver and the 3 special added categories for local wine & grape varieties.
Below you may find a summary of the distinguished wines and wineries.
Limassol Municipality steps forward in support of the 1st Cyprus Wine Competition of a new Era.
In a statement, the Limassol municipality acknowledged that it is the organization’s unique Wine Competition taking place in Cyprus, in accordance with Regulation tendering wine of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (Organisation Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin, OIV) and under the patronage of the OIV
Two years since the Cyprus Wine Products Council was sent into inoperability by it’s last board members, finally the Cyprus Winemaker Association has sought out the implication of various entities in order to re-establish the annual judging so well executed by the council in it’s last editions.
An enormous gap to fill, which all entities involved will have to manage with the help of Cyprus Enologists the Cyprus Association of Sommeliers whose main objectives will be to return part of the credibility lost, not so much in the wines but in a competition which had higher aims.
The seven-member jury composed of oenologists and other experts from Cyprus and abroad, will award 30% of the presented samples, in a 3 day competition to be helo in Limassol from the 4th until the 7th of June and extended awards will rank according to Grand Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals. Special awards will be given also to the wine categories such as Xynisteri, Maratheftiko and a Commandaria.
The official announcement of the results and the presentation of diplomas will be held in Limassol, in a special event to award the late afternoon on Saturday June 7, 2014 at the Cultural Center Panos Solomonides.
The event, called symbolic “Open Doors”, the public will have the opportunity, buying a glass of wine and taste award-winning wines and chat with winemakers and experts of the Competition.
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Commandaria – un legado de calidad en los vinos de Chipre
Herencia antigua, y con interpretación moderna, surge una nueva generación de vitivinicultores.
Lefteris Mohianakis tiene viñedos en las altas colinas cerca de la ciudad de Zoopigi. Las dos uvas que utiliza, Mavro, una uva roja, y Xynisteri, una blanca,
“Verdaderamente creo que el terroir (la geología y clima de un lugar) es una de las cosas más importantes para producir un vino de alta calidad”
Dans un Français fluide l’ oenologue et propriètaire Akis Zambartas fait une mise au point avec Benoit Gaboriaud sur les points forts de Chypre.
“Le vignoble chypriote est le seul en Europe qui n’a pas de phylloxéra. Il y en a trois dans le monde, ils commencent tous par ch : Chine, Chili et Chypre. On a une viticulture ininterrompu depuis 6 500 ans. On a aussi des cépages autochtones. Donc pas de phylloxéra, cépage autochtone planté sur leurs propres racines, c’est ce qui donne l’intérêt à Chypre.”