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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

Local Wineries

All of the traditional wineries offer wine tasting and most will be more than happy to give you a tour of the premises and an insight into the wine making process. Not only does this make for an interesting tour but the wine is often cheaper there too!

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Zambartas Winery – Limassol
Tel: 25 942 424                                                                                Website
Award winning family run winery has been producing fine wines since 2006. Visits are by appointment only.
Featured in Zambartas wine article.

Fikardos Winery – Paphos
Tel: 26 949 814
One of the largest wineries in Cyprus, founded in 1990. Visiting hours are between 9am and 6pm daily, except on Sundays.

Kolios Winery – Paphos
Tel: 26 724 090
This traditional winery was established in 1999 in the Paphos area and is beautifully built in local stone. Visiting hours are Mon – Friday, 8:30am – 8pm.

Vasilikon Winery – Paphos
Tel: 26 633 237
This winery produces some of the top wine labels. Good Whites and Reds produced here. Visits are by appointment only.

Tsiakkas Winery – Limassol
Tel: 25 991 080
Set in the mountain village of Pitsilia, the Tsiakkas winery is one of the most picturesque on the island. Visiting hours are between 9am and 5pm daily, except on Sundays.

Vouni Panagia Winery – Pano Panagia
Tel: 26 722 770
Recently renovated with lovely restaurant which has stunning mountain views.  Tasting room, traditional museum & educational short film.  Open between 8am – 4pm daily.

Vlassides Winery – Koilani
Tel: 99 441 574
Contact: Sophoclis Vlassides
Family owned winery, specialising in French grape varieties. Their Reds are their signatures bottles.

Ayia Mavri – Koilani
Tel: 25 470 225 / 25 370 777
Contact: Yianoulla Ioannides
Specialising in procucing some of the nicest sweet wines on the island.

Famagusta Beaches

Nissi Bay ★★★★★
If standing on the beaches looking at the peaches is your thing, this is the place for you. Gets very busy so get here early to secure the best spot. Lots of watersports and bungee jumping available. White sands, clear waters.

Fig Tree Bay ★★★★
Just outside Protaras this bay bustles with life. Soft sand, clear waters with a small craggy island offshore which attracts swimmers, migrating birds and sea life.

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Larnaca Beaches

CTO Beach, Dhekelia Road ★★★★★
The facilities on this popular beach were established by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation. There are restaurants, volleyball courts and a good bbq area for families. Perfect on summer evenings.

Faros Beach, Perivolia ★★★★★
The best kite-surfing beach in the area. Winds are South, Southwesterly and particularly good in the summer months. Good for participants and spectators alike.

Limassol Beaches

Kourion ★★★★
Kourion is a sandy blue flag beach with a gentle shoreline situated below the Roman Amphitheatre. Great for swimming and relaxing, more popular with locals than tourists.

Dasoudi Beach ★★★★★
A long, sandy, 2km stretch of beach with breakwaters, making it perfect for children. There are bars, cafes, restaurants and watersports facilities on this popular family beach.

Governor’s Beach ★★★★★
A sandy beach with shallow clear waters, ideal for families and couples as the Western sunsets are stunning. The area is fantastic for snorkelling, boating and fishing.

Ladies Mile ★★★★★
The perfect beach for children and families due to the crystal clear shallow waters and the golden sand that stretches for miles. Lots of inflatables and activities for kids. Popular for windsurfing. Gentlemen welcome too!

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Paphos Beaches

Zias Beach Club ★★★★
Aphrodite Hills has its own private beach located near Avdimou. It offers a sandy, child-friendly beach, beach facilities (sunbeds, umbrellas, towels), a bar and two restaurants. It is a quiet and tranquil hideaway perfect to wind away those lazy summer days by the sea.

Pissouri Bay ★★★★★
The closest lifeguard manned beach to resort. The beach itself is a sand pebble mix but the waters are crystal clear and this lively bay has cafes, restaurants and watersports aplenty. If you are lucky enough you may see some turtles in late Sept.

Coralia Beach ★★★★★
Little known by tourists, yet only a 5 minute drive past the busy Coral Bay Beach in Paphos. White sands, calm sea and views of the Coral Bay Hotel pier make this the perfect beach to unwind on. Set in a small bay, there are plenty of good snorkelling spots and a couple of nice eateries close by if you fancy a bite to eat.

Polis ★★★★
There are some stunning beaches situated along the Chrysochou Bay from Polis to Pachyamos. Fishing, boat trips and sailing are the best in the area from here. Great for snorkelling.

Akamas Peninsula ★★★★
The Akamas National park is well worth checking out if you are into discovering secluded beaches and bays. Lara Beach is a turtle sanctuary and the coast is unspoilt and great for picnics. A natural and undisturbed world that is best accessed with a 4 x 4.

Aphrodite’s Rock ★★★★★
A good stop off point for a quick dip and an opportunity to test the fable that says if you swim around the rock anti-clockwise at midnight in your birthday suit, you will achieve eternal youth. By day the sights are less concerning and the waters are clear with a sense of history as this is where Aphrodite is supposed to have risen from the waves, naked, of course.