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It’s a return to safe harbor – Commandaria excels in quality and appreciation at the 10th Cyprus Wine Award Ceremony 2017.
It happened yesterday, on the closing bell – 6th of May 2017, at the Annabelle Hotel. The Cyprus wine sector can feel at ease again, as if there were any doubts, Commandaria rises above all.
There are no tribulations which can resist to the charm and quality evidenced by the Grand Gold recognition awarded to Aes Ambelis.
We would like to see this recognition also as a collective award that honors a living heritage in Cyprus. It’s a heritage which still provides us with wise wine teachings and all Cyprus Winemakers should celebrate it. This is also as a reward for a collective and persistent belief that further investment in the quality of Commandaria is a key to the future of winemaking in Cyprus.
We would like express our most sincere congratulations to the winners and all participants, to the jury and invited journalists for their commitment, to the numerous individuals involved in the logistics of making the competition happen and most of all, to the Union of Cyprus Oenologists and in particular, Mr George Kassianos whose particular implication and investment, enabling for the 10th Award Ceremony to be celebrated at the Hotel Annabelle, which was undeniably spectacular.
For the list of results of the Cyprus Wine Competition follow the link – Cyprus Wine Competition 2017
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
|Aes Ambelis White 2013||Ktima Gerolemo
|Aes Ambelis Aes
Ambelis Omiros 2011
| Ktima Gerolemo
|K&K Vasilikon Winery Methy 2009||K&K Vasilikon
Winery Einalia 2013
|Ktima Gerolemo Xynisteri 2013|
|Makkas Red 2012||K&K Vasilikon Winery
|Makkas Xynisteri 2013|
| Sodap Kamanterena
|Sodap Saint Barnabas
|Zambartas Maratheftiko 2011||Zambartas Shiraz-lefkada 2012||Makkas Merlot 2011|
|Zambartas Xynisteri 2013|| Sodap Stroumbeli
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.
Lefteris Mohiannakis from Anama wine – perseverance and dedication to timeless wine from Cyprus.
The silver lining at the Decanter Awards 2013 for Cyprus Wine participation
The results are in, Decanter Annual Awards of 2013 have been discerned and Cyprus Wines participating may have been the highest in recent years, if it hadn’t been for some significant wineries not participating among the 23 wines being judged in this 2013 edition. Nonetheless, this year’s participating wines do carry the spirit for Cyprus Wines and the constancy in the pursuit of further excellence. Congratulations to the new wineries participating and to Sodap and 2002 vintage of St. Barnabas 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.
|Sodap Saint Barnabas 2002||Aes Ambelis Aes Ambelis Omiros 2010||Aes Ambelis Ektor 2010|
|K&K Vasilikon Winery Ayios Onoufrios 2010||Aes Ambelis Xinisteri-Semillon 2012|
|K&K Vasilikon Winery Methy 2009||Makkas Winery Gold, Chardonnay 2011|
|Prophet Elias Winery Gerolemo Muscat 2012||Makkas Winery Gold, Merlot 2010|
|Sodap Kamanterena Xynisteri 2012||Makkas Winery Gold, Rodostafylo 2012|
|Sodap Stroumbeli Maratheftiko Rosé 2012||Makkas Winery Syrah 2010|
|The Anama Concept Anama 2010||Prophet Elias Winery Gerolemo Riesling 2012|
|Prophet Elias Winery Gerolemo Roze Maratheftiko 2012|
|Sodap Kamanterena Rhine Riesling 2012|
|Sodap Mountain Vines Semillon 2012|
|Sodap Mountain Vines, Cabernet Sauvignon-Maratheftiko 2009|
|Sodap Stroumbeli Chardonnay 2012|
|Sodap Stroumbeli Shiraz 2009|
|The Anama Concept Anama 2009|
|Vouni Panayia Winery Barba Yiannis 2009|
Update: Congratulations to Paolo Basso, crowned new World Best Sommelier 2013 in Tokyo.
Arrived from around the world in Tokyo Tuesday, Candidates from 54 countries will compete over three days to win the title of world’s best sommelier at a competition organised by the ASI (Association de la Sommellerie Internationale) and whose winner of the Sommelier Competition will be determined on Friday at the Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa in Tokyo.
Vasos Manoli, Candidate for Cyprus, expressed to AFP (Agence France Press), that the event above all, could be interpreted as a celebration – whereby one of the virtues of wine ‘has by nature the has the capacity of reconciling people’.
“It’s been six months since I stopped my work to prepare myself fully in this competition” did he admit to the microphones of the AFP. He will be competing with world’s best at a competition that is held every 3 years and where current world champion sommelier, Gerard Basset will also be at hand for the judging.
Update: 27/3 Vasos Manolis had passed to the quarter finals. Photo Credit: Cyprus Sommelier Association
Update: 29/3 Top 3 Sommeliers competing in the Final in Tokyo are Canadian Veronique Rivest, Swiss Paulo Basso & Belgian Aristide Spies
World Best Sommelier Final Wines Tasted
Spirits: Kirsch Massenez (France); Vana Tallinn Liqueur (Estonia); Xaica Liqueur Ibiscus (Mexico); Picon Amer France; Commandaria 2004 (Kyperounda) Cyprus; Liqueur de Tomate (la Tomato) Japan;
Wines: Albert Moreau Aigrots 2005 Premier Cru Beaune (France ; Yarden Pinot Noir Galilée (Israel); Juan Gil 2010 Monastrell Jumilla (Spain); Sula 2011 (India)
The new World’s Best Sommelier Paolo Basso – Crowned in Tokyo Japan today
‘L’incontournable’ of Cyprus Wines
Stars are never dormant, otherwise we would never know of them.
Such is Commandaria wine, the classic style of fortified wine from Cyprus, perceived as a dormant gem yet with a reputation anchored in history, whose quality remains defiant to all modern still wines made on the island.
The Golden standard set by Commandaria, as judged annually in competitions, is today not only a standard in wine making but also one of wine appreciation, a unique taste that has resisted yesterday’s rush for homogenization and market standardization by maintaining the innate qualities that are borne out from the sun, the vineyards and a wine making process that is authentically Cypriot. Continue reading