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Interview with Annabel Croft

Sport - AcademyAphrodite Hills Tennis Academy was franchised by the Annabel Croft Academy between 2013 – end of 2015 – during this time we managed to grab the Former British No 1 Ladies Tennis player, T.V presenter and Tennis Academy Owner; Annabel Croft to talk about, Travel, Tennis and Aphrodite Hills.

 What is your earliest tennis memory?
Watching Virginia wade win Wimbledon. She is now a great friend and has been an incredible inspiration to me.

What is your most treasured tennis memory?
Probably playing my idol Chris Evert on Court one at Wimbledon in the third round, 1985. And also winning Junior Wimbledon on that same court the same year.

Who was your toughest opponent during your career and why?
Martina Navratilova as she was so physically strong, serve and volleyed and took time away from you. Matches went very quickly as points were short!

What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
YOGA

What are the things you like most about travel?
I love to experience and explore different cultures and meet people from different parts of the world. Travel has enriched my life in so many ways. With accessibility no, the world feels so much smaller, but it’s one of the greatest privileges to be able to travel.

Why Aphrodite Hills?
Cyprus is very beautiful and particularly, so is Aphrodite Hills. The Tennis Academy facility is one of the best in Europe with a perfect climate to match. The people are charming too. Therefore, an obvious choice!

What are the things you like most about tennis coaching?
It’s very rewarding being able to pass on knowledge that was passed on to me and see the results and joy it gives to others.

What is the Annabel Croft coaching ethos?
My coaching ethos is mainly about hitting lots and lots of balls from many different parts of the court. It’s about teaching players to be able to move as well as hit a tennis ball. When you play tennis you are never static and therefore as soon as you are out of position or off balance things can go wrong. Therefore, all our drills are designed to be as close to the real scenario as possible. To give confidence as well as have fun on court. We encourage all ages and abilities and through doing the drills and hitting a large volume of balls you improve.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
The harder you practice the luckier you get!

If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring tennis players, what would it be?
Stay relaxed and enjoy! There are many thoughts that go through a players mind when playing tennis so it’s important to try to focus on one or two things and set small achievable goals.

What is your most treasured possession?
I try not to put too much emphasis on material things but I would be sad if my Junior Wimbledon cup got lost as it holds many great memories for me.

Where would you most like to live?
I love where I live in Kingston Upon Thames which is near beautiful Richmond Park with the deer and lakes, but I would like to live in the sun too.

Who, past and present would be your perfect doubles partner?
I always loved Bjorn Borg as a child and used to queue up to watch him in standing room only on centre court. I would choose him or Roger Federer.

If you could go back in time, where would you go?
I would like to live in the period of Downton Abbey wearing beautiful clothes and drinking plenty of English tea!

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Treat others how you want to be treated and don’t get stressed out. So many others have much worse lives and put whatever problem you have in perspective.

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WINES IN CYPRUS – PAPHOS BY GERRY AT PAPHOS WINE TOURS, 2015

Cyprus is rich with beautiful vineyards and offers an array of wineries to visit. The Cyprus Tourist Organisation has compiled six wine routes throughout the island. This year, Gerry from Paphos Wine Tours has described the highlights of the Paphos wine region and its grape varieties. Enjoy!

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Here you are in Cyprus, one of the oldest wine producing countries in the world with a history dating back as far as 3500BC. Its ancient capital, Paphos, is known as the birthplace of Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, but the town has an even tastier claim to fame, especially for wine lovers.  We start our tour on Paphos Harbour at the mosaics in the House of Dionysus, a UNESCO designated world heritage site, which celebrates this God of Wine and Protector of Vineyards, for one reason: Paphos alone sustains a staggering 43% of the island’s grapevines.

From there we go North to the village of Mesogi, where the Fikardos family have their winery which was founded in 1990 by Mr Theodoros Fikardos, renowned as one of the founding fathers of modern Cypriot wine production. The family produce wines from various grape varieties, a little information on which we’re happy to share with you:

The most important indigenous grape variety in Cyprus is Xynisteri (zini steri). Wines from this grape are recognisable for their distinctive green apple & peach aroma.

wine - xinistry grapessmallThe majority of Paphos vineyards are located at between 450 and 1200 metres where the soil is mostly limestone formations and gypsum-clay beds. The region enjoys unique weather conditions which, when combined with this soil, make it the perfect place to cultivate the Xynisteri variety – 50% of the island’s production grows in the Paphos region.

Two rarer varieties also grow at higher levels in the region, Maratheftiko and Spourtiko. The former produces a deep red, full bodied wine whose most common aromas are cherry, dark plums & wild flowers. These qualities appeal to many winemakers.  Wines from the latter are delicate, very light with an alcohol content that never exceeds 11%. Their common aromas are grapefruit, lemon zest, and white flowers. Only the Fikardos Winery and the Vouni Panayia Winery currently produce wine from this variety.  Top tipple: Spourtiko.

We then move on to the monastery of Chrysorogiatissa where the monks produce three basic wines. The monastery was founded in 1152 but the present building dates from the late 18th century.

Continuing North we turn right towards the village of Polemi to one of the largest wineries in Cyprus, Sodap Kamanterena. This co-operative, which has a large visitor centre, produces around three million bottles per year with about 100 local growers supplying their grapes. You can view the production process from the visitor centre, and enjoy the numerous wines and spirits on offer for tasting including the famous Commandaria wine. This is the oldest commercial wine in the world produced initially by the knights of St John. Top tipple: Commandaria.

Next stop is Panayia village (via the Kannaviou Dam which merits a visit for its scenery alone) to visit the Vouni Panayia winery, run by the Kyriakydes family. The wines produced here are mainly from indigenous grape varieties. In addition to the aforementioned varieties they have also reintroduced Promara (an elegant white) and Yannoudi (an oak aged red) There is an impressive new building with an abundant cellar & an educational facility. Top tipple: Barba Yiannis Maratheftiko.

The beautiful Kannaviou Dam

The beautiful Kannaviou Dam

 

The penultimate winery on this tour is the Kolios Winery which lies close to Statos village. On 24 hour’s notice they will serve you a meze meal in their restaurant which is attached to a tasting area with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Top tipple: Cornetto Rose.

Heading downhill past Statos Village we approach  Amargeti Village (which has a lovely cobbled street, church & museum) where we visit the Kalamos Winery, with palatable wines that are great value for money. Top tipple: the local oak-barrel aged spirit, Zivania.

We hope you enjoy your tour around the Paphos area and enjoy the great wine and scenery on offer – get your taste buds and your cameras at the ready.

Yia mas (to your health)                                                                                                     Gerry, Paphos Wine Tours.

Gerry (right) on a tour, at Fikardos winery

Gerry (right) on a tour, at Fikardos winery

Call Gerry – 99 158 312

WINES IN CYPRUS – LIMASSOL BY ZAMBARTAS, 2014

 

Cyprus is rich with beautiful vineyards and offers an array of wineries to visit. The Cyprus Tourist Organisation has compiled 6 Wine Routes throughout the island and we have been lucky enough for Marcos Zambartas, who runs the Zambartas winery with his Father Akis, to write in detail about the local famous wine route ‘Krasochoria Lemesou’. Enjoy!

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Deciding to leisure at the luxurious environment of Aphrodite Hills Resort you would never have guessed that the most renowned wine region of the island is just 30km away, ideal for a day out!

Krasochoria (translated ‘The Wine Villages’) is one of the oldest wine producing areas in Cyprus and is the cradle of quality wine making. It comprises of 15 villages which produce grapes for wine making, and many of them host wineries within their boundaries.

Allow yourself enough time to visit one winery before lunch and another after lunch. Winery visits usually take around 1 hour; during which you will learn about the grape and wine production of the area, and of Cyprus in general. The visit will be complete with tasting some of the wines with explanation of their making. The good news is that for small groups the wine tasting is free.

For larger groups there is usually a mere charge of €3.50-€6.00 to cover some of the costs.

To get there, you need to take the highway towards Lemesos. After around 15k you should take the AVDIMOU – PACHNA exit and drive up the mountain through Avdimou village. Beware of goats crossing the street so drive slowly and keep your camera at reach! The land around this area is dedicated to crop production and farming. The numerous gnarled trees producing the ‘black gold of Cyprus’, the carob, are scattered around giving a green tone to the landscape especially in the summer.

Continue driving past Pachna village (on your left) and follow the road towards Ayios Amvrosios. You will reach a T-junction and depending which wineries you have arranged to visit you should either turn left towards Omodos or right towards Ayios Amvrosios.

By now you will probably have seen the first vineyard blocks. The big majority of the vines in Cyprus are trained as a bush, mainly due to the scarce water supply. As a result, vines in Krasochoria are usually low yielding which is a major factor for the top quality wines of the area.

The low yield of the vines seems to have dictated the size of the wineries of the Krasochoria. Most of the wineries are small to medium size and usually family owned.

The exception to the rule is the KEO winery at the entrance of Malia village which produces more than 20% of the wine production of the whole island. The focus of this winery is more on the everyday wines from local and international grape varieties, although lately there has been a tendency to produce higher quality wines.

The nearby village of Ayios Amvrosios hosts our own highly reputable Zambartas winery.

My father and myself established the winery in 2006 and are university trained wine makers, in France and Australia respectively. The focus of our boutique winery is on top end wines from local grape varieties, mainly the white Xynisteri and the reds Maratheftiko and Lefkada. Do not leave from that winery without tasting the Rosé!

Another winery that deserves your time is the newly built Vlassides winery outside Koilani village. Run by the Californian trained wine maker Sophoklis Vlassides, it specialises in wines from French grape varieties cultivated on owned land. The flagship wines are the Shiraz and the upcoming Sauvignon Blanc.

If you have a sweet tooth and appreciate dessert wines, you must visit Ayia Mavri winery in Koilani, just a 5k drive from Vlassides winery. Their Muscat is made from sun dried grapes and is one of the best sweet wines on the island.
Eis eyian! (cheers!)

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Marcos Zambartas

* Akis sadly passed away in 2014, and we wish the Zambartas our deepest sympathy for their loss

Tennis in Cyprus – with Scott Wakefield

We caught up with Scott Wakefield, our beloved Senior Tennis Coach at the Aphrodite Hills Tennis Academy – join Scott and his team if tennis is, or could be, your passion.

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Tell us, when did you fall in love with tennis & what is your biggest tennis achievement?
I was 5… I was entered into a short tennis county event and somehow won it. I represented Hertfordshire as their number 1 player as a junior, went on to represent the county as a senior (and won titles as both) and I have competed in tournaments throughout Europe too.
What makes the Aphrodite Hills Tennis Academy on Aphrodite Hills stand out?
Its 5* facilities (which the team work hard to maintain), the clay courts are top class & the fact that it is big enough to hold up to 36 players per hour, but small enough to keep the personalised feel of a member’s club and pay & play facility for non-members and holiday makers.
You live on the resort, what is your favourite facility other than the tennis academy?
After work socialising: Anoi & the Beer Garden. The massages at the spa are a life saver after I’ve been on court for up to 10hrs a day. The golf course is an amazing course to play on my day off as well, it’s a shame my golf doesn’t do the course justice!
Do you enjoy any sports other than tennis?
I play football in Paphos every Thursday with the resort staff.
What is the most rewarding aspect of coaching for you?
Seeing your players develop their skill set, from beginners through to advanced players. Tennis is a game for life. Meeting new players from various walks of life is an interesting part of my job and many clients also become great friends.
Can you share your favourite coaching tip that you say to students with us?
Spin is control! Make them play!

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You have created a very welcoming & social environment at the tennis academy, what’s your secret?
My motto at the academy is: there are no strangers, just friends we haven’t met yet.
Which 4 players would you choose for a tennis ‘field of dreams’?
Bjorn Borg (my all time tennis idol) & Elvis vs Rafael Nadal & Muhammad Ali – what a match! My umpire would have to be Oliver Reed, I would love to have met him. Can I also go out for post-match drinks with them all?
Other than Cyprus, where has been your favourite place to live and why?
Mallorca has been a second home to me for years. My brother, also a tennis pro, has been teaching on the island for 12 years – hence we love Rafa! The weather is great there too (Cyprus weather still tops Mallorca though!).

Tel: 26 82 8122

 

Feature: Paphos Old Town 2016

rustic old townPaphos Old Town is fast becoming a cool place to hang out, where traditional old buildings in secluded back streets are proving popular with their contemporary twist on food and culture – breathing much needed life back into the tourist town. Here are our top spots and highlights:

Ananas8bit Coffee: 26 600 126
Pambos serves the best freshly roasted artisan coffee in Paphos. Quirky-arty interior/alternative background music (often blues and jazz)/go to read a book/ regular events including live music & art house movies.
Highlights: the coffee, homemade syrup, ambience, Pambos himself.           Googlemap Link

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Ananas8bitcoffee

Timothy’s Art and Bar: 99 424 417
We almost didn’t publish this as it is the best kept secret in Paphos. Underground/unpretentious bar set in a crumbling old house down a back alley/regular alternative live music/ no airs and graces.                                                                                                                   Highlights: flaming tequilas, music, roof terrace, attitude.                               Googlemap Link

Temple Bar Café: 96 727 314
Bar and grill, but all about the bar for us. Think Indian man meets rock music. Old house split into various areas/music memorabilia on display/ live music every weekend/laid-back/ go late.                     Highlights: garden seating area, layout, floors, music, attitude.                   Googlemap Link

Muse Café Kitchen Bar: 26 941 951
Very well known in Paphos as one of the hottest spots for a cocktail – fab range of drinks and a tasty menu to boot. Modern layout/stunning views over Paphos town/chill out music/cool contemporary lighting.                                                     Highlights: chicken kebab, espresso martini & smooth waiters.                 Googlemap Link

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Muse

Plato Sushi and more: 26 951 800
THE best sushi in town, and a really cool wine bar at the same time. Brilliant sushi menu, and great lunch and dinner menu. Fantastic atmosphere, bustling location, town- feel, warm lighting, great seating.                                                                                                                  Highlights: tempura tiger prawn sushi, wine platters & atmosphere.       Googlemap Link

Plato Sushi & More

Plato Sushi & More

Koutourou Ouzeri: 26 952 953
Amazing home cooking served in a traditional house. Menu changes every couple of days, ensuring fresh dishes, tapas style. Mouth- watering food/ wonderful décor (eclectic display of antiques). Highlights: décor, friendliness, ALL the food, the ‘submarine’ desert.             Googlemap Link (25 Martiou Street)

Koutourou

Koutourou

Pafos2017 and Paphos Old Town

2017 is a very special year for our charming city of Paphos – it is the year that it boasts the title as one of the two cities in Europe selected as ‘European Capital of Culture’. What exactly does this mean? It means that for the period of one calendar year, the city organises a series of cultural events with a strong European dimension, to highlight diversity of culture and a sense of belonging within the European community. Pafos2017 successfully kicked off the year with a wonderful opening ceremony which took place in Kennedy square (just outside the town hall) on 28th January 2017.

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“Chairman of the Organisation puts it perfectly: this title European Capital of Culture offers the city of Pafos a great opportunity to improve its economy through its publicity on an international level and its acknowledgment as a quality cultural and tourist destination, to attract new investments, create new positions of employment, develop an open dialogue with society, motivate its citizens, change its vibe and “freshen up” its ideas.”

The town itself has undergone a lot of improvements, as part of 10 major infrastructure and development projects, with a price tag of around €26.2 million. The roadworks that came in tow were begrudged by many, however they have been more than worthwhile and even the sceptics were surprised to see the completion deadlines met – and the aesthetic results are just fantastic!

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The works focused on Kennedy Square and the town’s traditional retail centre in Paphos Old Town, which have been pedestrianised and completely overhauled. There is a new plaza in front of the old police station as well as a new bus station and municipal, 200-space car park, located behind the old police station. The transformation of the Town Hall Square, Kennedy Square and the surrounding area really bring out the beauty of the existing old government buildings that are dotted around.

Since winning the bid in 2013 the city has already hosted a wide variety of cultural events and throughout this year 152 projects and more than 350 activities have been planned, with the participation of more than 1,500 artists.

Pafos2017’s motto is “Linking Continents – Bridging Cultures” and all events fall under their three main themes: Myth & Religion, World Travellers, and Stages of the Future. Open Air Factory is the main concept for the Pafos 2017 organisation, which means utilising a network of sections, units and workshops throughout the district (such as streets, school yards, archaeological sites) where people from all walks of life are invited to ‘create’, celebrating the outdoor living culture here.

Events throughout the year will include theatrical performances, dance performances, creative & group art and more – keep an eye on the official website for programme information and go along to experience some of the events for yourself: www.pafos2017.eu. We will also keep you updated on our Blog.

Paphos Old Town was already brimming with lots of trendy, arty cafes, restaurants and bars and the new upgrade to the area will only encourage more, as well as adding to the charm that it already boasts. It’s now a lovely area to wander around, to soak up the culture, enjoy a coffee whilst people watching or to dine and spend an evening. Head down there and check it out for yourself!

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Old Town Hot Spots: our pick of the best

Dining: Koutourou Ouzeri – for fresh, homemade goodness /
To Plato Sushi & More – for fantastic sushi platters / Fettas Tavern – for mezes and live Greek music / Palia Ilektriki – for cultural dining.

Coffee shop: Vintage Art House Espresso Bar– pure retro coolness / Ananas 8 bit coffee – jazzy, arty, friendly vibes / Let Them Eat Cake – homemade delights.

Drinks: Craft – laid back, arty & eclectic / Timothy’s – rough diamond / Boulevard – where the cool kids go / Muse – classy cocktails with a view.

Music/Art: Technopolis 20 – the epitome of Pafos2017; cultural, traditional, arty & charming.

Diving in Cyprus – Facts at a Glance (Steve Ford)

Steve FaceSteve Ford, owner of Cyprus Diving Adventures, shares his favourite scuba diving facts about Cyprus for our 2017 edition of the 8509 magazine.  We bet some will be a real surprise!…

Relative links:  Interview with Steve 2015 / Diving in Cyprus 2016

 

The coastline of Cyprus has been awarded more blue flag awards for the cleanliness of its sea and beaches per capita and coastline than anywhere else in the world.

On average there are over 800 turtle nests on Cyprus beaches every year, with many more individual turtles visiting our waters every summer. Loggerhead turtles outnumber green turtles by four to one.

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To date there are over 250 fish species in Cypriot waters, which is home to the greatest diversity of marine life in the Mediterranean.

mediterranean monk sealThe relative isolation of Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean has resulted in the evolution of several endemic species such as the rare Mediterranean Monk Seal.

The sea off Pissouri Bay is home to the largest reef in Cyprus, with the deepest known and largest cave for divers.

There are over 80 dive sites in Cyprus, from Paphos in the west to Cape Greko in the east.

Cyprus is home to the ‘Titanic of the Mediterranean’ – the Zenobia wreck.

Apart from the Zenobia there are a further 12 wrecks around Cyprus for divers to explore.

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Marine reserves on dive sites include St George’s Island, the 2 Limassol wrecks area and the Zenobia wreck.

Underwater visibility is typically 20 to 40 metres and the sea never gets lower than 17degreesC in the winter. Summer water temperatures can reach 30 degreesC.

There are 5 protected marine areas in coastal waters and a further number of reef marine reserves. These are in open water, or supported by artificial reefs.

 

Experience the magic of scuba diving in Cyprus with Cyprus Diving Adventures and enjoy special 8509 discounted prices and free pick up & drop off.

Visit Steve’s Website                                                                                                         Call Steve Now: 97 661 046

Golf – Why Choose Elea Estate?

The golf course at Elea has been created to challenge golfers of every level. The par 71, 18-hole course, designed by Sir Nick Faldo, incorporates natural features to evoke a truly Mediterranean feel. Elea Estate Golf Club with its beautiful greens, manicured fairways and strategic bunkers is set to be not only the best golf course in Cyprus, but is already winning accolades as one of the leading golf destinations in Europe and beyond.

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Hole 9
The 9th hole at Elea provides the classic risk and reward hole! A good tee shot leaves you the option to play more aggressive with your second shot and have a chance for a birdie or par. A tee shot out of position however will require a testing lay up between a well placed bunker and the water hazard. Many cards have been broken on this inviting par 5.

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The Elea clubhouse offers stunning views of the Mediterranean, a
welcoming atmosphere and fine dining food. It is the perfect way to relax and enjoy your day in Cyprus.

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Elea Golf Club, 2010:
Sir Nick Faldo, the course designer, opened Elea Golf Club on 18th October 2010 – the course is known as his ‘Mediterranean Masterpiece’. The course was subsequently ranked as one of the ‘Top 10 New International Golf Courses of 2010’ by one of the world’s biggest selling golf journals Golf Magazine in the USA. Faldo commented on Elea Golf Club ‘When we designed the golf course we decided to put the emphasis on thoughtful, rather than big hitting, golf and there are plenty of strategic riddles for the golfer to explore and unravel over all 18 holes’.
Visit Elea Estate to see what the hype is about – whether you play the course, make use of the practice facilities or dine in the Clubhouse, we are sure it will be one of your holiday highlights.

8509 Discount: 10% off 18 hole green fee rate

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Why Play Tennis – by Scott Wakefield

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Why play tennis? What are the benefits for your lifestyle and fitness? Scott Wakefield, the fantastic Head Coach at Aphrodite Hills Tennis Academy reveals all:

 

It’s a great workout: A combination of fun, aerobic and anaerobic workout. Tennis players are nearly always moving, and the combination of short sharp sprints during rallies with constant changes in direction build muscle and stamina. Tennis promotes bone strength and density: it strengthens bones of young players and helps to prevent osteoporosis in older players. Tennis also improves your hand-eye coordination, constantly watching the ball and timing your contact points.

Tennis through the ages: Tennis is a fantastic life sport from 4 years old to, if you are lucky enough, 100 years plus! Tennis is truly the sport for a lifetime, it has been proven!
Tennis is social: Tennis is a great way to meet and make new friends. It opens up a whole new social group and organised social tennis sessions are a great way to keep playing in fun and friendly matches; you don’t even need a partner. We run social tennis at Aphrodite Hills every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am – 12pm, year round.

Mental Tennis: Tennis keeps you sharp and mentally focused. It is great for problem solving and is a game based on angle geometry and physics where strategies and tactics can win you matches. Being mentally strong fortifies your mind and helps out in all other aspects of your life.

All year round: Tennis can be played all year round, even in winter months. Cyprus receives some of the best weather in Europe so indoor courts are not necessary and there is even a shaded tennis court at the academy so that tennis can even be enjoyed during the midday sun.

Stress Buster: What better way to relieve stress than by hitting a ball as hard as you can? It feels great, and when you hit a winner it is even better!

Other benefits: Tennis helps develop a good work ethic: improvements through lessons and practice reinforces the value of hard work. Tennis helps you to learn to win graciously and lose with honour. Tennis helps you manage mistakes, learn to play within your abilities, manage and minimise your mistakes in your game and in turn, in life.

Call the Aphrodite Hills Tennis Academy to find out how you can get started!

Check the Tennis Academy Schedules and Rates here.

Cyprus’ love affair with wine is ages old, in fact archaeological excavations indicate that production of wine on the island dates back more than 5500 years, making it one of the very oldest wine industries in the world. This history continues to be written by today’s winemakers who use traditional indigenous grape varieties along with well known grape varieties to produce some wonderful wines which we highly recommend you try for yourself.

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Places of interest in the historic story of wine making include the picturesque villages of Omodos and Laneia, where you can view the most ancient of wine presses: Laneia’s dates back to 1844 which is the same year that the first contemporary winery ETKO Ltd opened.
Paphos Mosaics also beautifully depict wine making and consumption.

You simply cannot discuss wine making in Cyprus without mentioning Commandaria, an amber coloured desert wine which is the world’s oldest named wine still in production. Produced since around 700BC, it is known as the “wine of the kings and the king of the wines” because it was very famous amongst Royalty in the 12th century and was even heavily exported to many European Royal Courts. Legend has it that Commandaria was served at Richard Coeur de Lion’s wedding to Queen Berengaria in 1911.

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We urge you to take a day and experience Cyprus’ wine production for yourself – the history and the beautiful scenery that this journey will take you on will add to the magic of discovering the stunning tastes on offer. Originally pressed by foot before the days of electricity, wine production, although still traditional, is very sophisticated in comparison and wineries are aplenty throughout the island. The Cyprus Tourist Organisation have compiled a wine route programme, made up of 7 routes, which is a great reference and we will give a brief overview of each. Don’t forget to call ahead to arrange your appointment with the wineries though!

We recommend that you ask for wines produced by indigenous varieties by name, which are very rarely used in blends – these include:
WHITE: Xinistry, Spourtiko, Promara, Muscat of Alexandria*.
RED: Mavro, Maratheftiko, Giannoudi, Lefkada.
*Muscat of Alexandria is mainly a dessert wine. Top tip: try Muscat Ayia Mavri Winery in Kilani Village where an old charming couple have won multiple awards.

 

Wine Routes:

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Wine Route 1: Laona – Akamas
Wineries: Fikardos Winery (Mesogi: 26 949 814), Kamaterena Sodap (Stroumpi: 26 633 000), Tsalapatis Wines co Ltd (Polemi: 99 624 929), K & K Vasilikon (Kathikas: 26 633 237) and Sterna Winery (Kathikas: 99 699 082).

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Wine Route 2: Vouni Panagias – Ampelitis
Wineries: Ezousa Winery (Kannaviou: 99 415 909), Vouni Panayia Winery Ltd (Panagia: 26 722 770), Kolios Winery Ltd (Statos – Agios Fotios: 26 724 090), Makkas Winery (Statos – Agios Fotios: 7777 2221)Chrysorrogiatissa Winery (Panagia: 99 626 642), Tsangarides Winery (Lemona: 26 722 777), Shoufas Winery Ltd (Koilineia: 99 447 424), Kalamos Winery (Amargeti: 99 519 268)

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Wine Route 3: Diarizos Valley
Wineries: Lagria Winery (Salamiou: 99 346 990), Nelion Winery Ltd (Praitori: 99 666 414)

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Wine Route 4: Krasochoria Lemesou
Gaia Oinotechniki (Agios Amvrosios: 99 442 472), Agia Mavri Ltd (Koilani: 25 470 225), Vardalis Winery Ltd (Koilani: 99 642 255), Vlassides Wiinery (Koilani: 99 441 574), Lambouris Winery Ltd (Kato Platres: 7000 9463), Antoniades Winery (Mandria: 99 824 475), Zambartas Winery (Agios Amvrosios: 25 942 424), Ktima Gerolemo (99 696 031), Zenon Winery (Omodos: 99 492 979), Malia (Keo) Ltd (Malia: 99 692 295), Nikolaides Winery (Anogyra: 99 649 655), Linos Winery (Omodos: 25 422 700), Constantinou Winery (Pera Pedi: 25 470 370), Argyrides Vasa Winery (Vasa: 25 945 999).

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Wine Route 5: Koumandaria
Wineries: Co-op Commandaria Winery (Kalo Chorio: 99 534 060), Karseras Winery (Doros: 99 413 238).

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Wine Route 6: Pitsilia
Wineries: Kyperounta Winery (Kyperounta: 99 589 612), Tsiakkas Winery (Pelendri: 99 567 898), Vassiliades Expressions Winery (96 342 622).

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Wine Route 7: Mountainous Larnaka-Lefkosia
Wineries: Ktima Dafermou (Lefkara: 7000 8373), Aes Ambelis Winery (Kalo Chorio Oreinis: 99 651 361), Ktima Christoudias (Kato Drys: 99 034 828)

Learn from a local:
Haris at O’Vrakas Taverna in Pissouri Village Square is one of the best known and most knowledgable sommeliers in Cyprus – he is very open to you picking his brain for information or asking for recommendations on Cypriot wines. His enthusiasm for the island’s rich wine making history is hard to beat!

Recommended references:
– Pick up a ‘Cyprus Wine Routes’ brochure from any CTO office, or download via their website: www.visitcyprus.com
– www.wineriescyprus.com has a full list and interactive map of all the wineries around the island.
– Look out for the ‘wine route’ road signs on the roads.