On April 25th, Cyprus Wine Sector hosted it’s 2015 Annual Award ceremony celebrating Cyprus Wine appreciation and honoring efforts of Cyprus Winemakers in special remembrance of Akis Zambartas. Celebrated at the Paticchion Museum in Limassol, the Cyprus Wine Awards marked a moment of reconciliation for the sector in an evening that culminates a Wine month full of activities. The ceremony which also closed 3 days of the 8th Cyprus wine competition, representing the official national quality evaluation for Cyprus Wine and led by the international panel of judges invited by the department of Agriculture. The Cyprus Wine Awards seem to highlight a growing commitment from wineries to Commandaria, it also set a challenge to the judges which decided not to award bronze in favour of high number of wines qualifying for silver. With a tally of a total of 3 grand golds, 16 golds and 24 silver medals awarded, the Commandaria Wines swept top awards, seemingly seducing the judging panel and confirming its good health among the 139 wines labels that participated in the 10 categories of the 8th Cyprus Wine competition. The special distinction for vinification of top local varieties Xynisteri and Marathetiko went to Ezousa Winery, while for Commandaria, it was Keo 1984 Commandaria which captured the distinction. The 2015 Cyprus Wine Competition Awards and Medals list goes as follow: Grand Gold: Commandaria Wine – St.John 1984 from Keo Winery Commandaria Wine – Centurion 2000 from Etko Winery Commandaria Wine – Alasia 2004 from Loel Winery
Categories with Gold Medals: Commandaria Wines
- Tsiakkas Commandaria 2008, Tsiakkas Winery
- Kyperounda Commandaria 2005, Kyperounda Winery
- Kalamos Commandaria 2009, Nicholas Ignatiou & Sons
- St. John N.V Commandaria, Keo Winery
- G.Athenodorou Commandaria 2007, G. Athenodorou & Sons
- Saint Barnabas Commandaria 2005, Sodap Kamenterena Winery
- St. Nicholas Commandaria 2010, Etko Winery
Gold awarded Red Dry Wines
- Metharme 2009, Ezousa Winery – Paphos Regional Wine
- Vlasides Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Vlasides Winery – Limassol regional wine
- Constantinou Shiraz 2012, C.G. Constantinou – Limassol Regional Wine
- Kolios, Shiraz 2008, Kolios Winery, Paphos Regional Wine
- Constantino, Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Erimoudes Winery, Limassol Regional Wine
Gold Awarded White dry Wines:
- Ezousa Xynisteri 2014, Ezousa Winery, Pafos regional wine
- Epos Chardonnay 2013, Kyperounda Winery, Limassol Regional Wine (gold)
Cyprus Wine Competition adheres to the OIV rules for judging and the process can strongly impact judges unfamiliar with the strict judging protocol.
Judging under OIV rules in Cyprus, work with more feel
If the judging competitions risks resembling a grammar school dream class (not the case above), achieving consensus can in some cases provoke for discussions and re-tasting wines until final note is awarded, dexterity here to be played by the judge presiding the panel.
The 2012 juding in Cyprus presided for the third consecutive year by Rowald Hepp, included testimonial of exception in the name of Tom Cannavan as participating judge can also attests that the OIV rules can be needlessly strict, especially in the case of those categories where the set of participating wines is extremely reduced.
Although we’re less optimistic about the OIV reviewing it’s rules by the next edition of the Cyprus Wine Competition, we do count that the same high level of performance and world class judging will be performed under the OIV rules as in the past editions.
The upcoming edition of the 2013 Cyprus Wine Competition will be celebrated in Cyprus during the last week of May, from the 28th until the 31st of May, 2013 in Cyprus.
2012 Judging panel was composed of 9 judges: Miroslav Kalinic, Vasos Manoli, Denis Rudenko, Tamas Oroszlan,Maria Tzitzi, David Seijas, Jean Luc Berger, and Tom Cannavan presided by Rowald Hepp.
The International Wine Competition of Thessaloniki rewards outstanding wine effort by Fikardos Winery
The results from judging were annouced at the awards ceremony celebrated during the detrop Oenos event on the occasion of the Helexpo in Thessaloniki, where Cyprus Wines distinguished themselves, where Fikardos Cabernet Sauvignon topped the classification with Grand Gold medal among other Cyprus Wine participants Sodap and Keo Commandaria and Kolios wines which obtained gold. Fikardos shares Grand Gold distinction with wineries from the Peloponese and Crete also in the red wine category.
The awards ceremony was held Saturday, March 9, 2013 in Thessaloniki organised by the Wine Producers Association of the Northern Greece Vineyard which operates according to OIV (International Organization of Vine and Wine) standard for International Wine and Spiritious Beverages of Vitivinicultural Origin Competitions.
Fikardos Winery elaborates Regional Wines from Paphos under leadership of Theo Fikardos in Mesogi, Paphos.