Assyrtiko at a glance

It is one of the most exquisite varieties of the Greek vineyard, with unlimited possibilities and rare virtues. Assyrtiko, based in Santorini, is a multi-dynamic white variety that…


The gifts of vine on your table

Known since the Paleolithic period, the vine and its fruit have justifiably been characterised as the “king of fruit”. Grape, a much loved food of the Greeks since the ancient times, would never be…


The Women of Wine

Throughout history, wine has been a common thread running through innumerable cultures, religions, and nations. The global wine industry dates to antiquity, and though you probably think that women…


Merlot at a glance

Popular, attractive, easy to drink and with a mild, soft taste, Merlot seems to be now well-established in Cyprus as a food friendly wine, able to accompany many different dishes. Oenou…


Organic Wine

Returning to nature is one of the most popular trends on the world wine map. In recent years, organic wine has become a trend, but also a demand of those who love quality in taste. Organic farming…


When do we harvest the vine?

Τhe most critical moment of the year for vine growers and winemakers is undoubtedly the ripening and harvesting of the vineyards. Harvesting is the last stage of viticulture activity and involves…


Vineyards of the world

Vast and thriving, the vineyards of the New World; America, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Argentina and Chile, have developed their own, special character. Though Europe is, indeed, the cradle of…


Chardonnay at a glance

Chardonnay is the most popular white wine in the world. Green grapes originally originated in the Burgundy region of France, but are now grown in almost every major vineyard in the world,…


History of Wine in Europe

Grape nectar is definitely the oldest and most prized beverage in the world. The way in which the techniques of vinification and exploitation of the various varieties evolved, as well as the value…


Nine reasons to love red wine

People of the Mediterranean have a wonderful relationship with wine. The sea breeze, the long summers and the love for a good glass of wine, accompanied by good friends, are all factors that helped…


How do fruit entrer our wine glass?

We taste a glass of Xinisteri wine and it reminds us of citrus fruit with fine notes of white flowers, while a glass of Maratheftiko bears notes of black berries and red forest fruits. However, no…


Commandaria "The Apostle of Wines"

“On this island there is a treasure which only the king of kings deserves to hold”. According to tradition, these were the words of Sultan Selim II, “the Drunkard”, when in 1571 he wanted an…


Indigenous varieties of Cyprus

Cyprus has been one of the primitive cradles of viticulture and wine since antiquity. Vineyards are cultivated throughout Cyprus and in many areas remarkable wines are produced. The geological…


The Secrets of Wine Serving

Wine is a particular drink. It is produced with great craft and effort and this is what makes it so special. For this reason there are some technical rules that should be followed during serving –…


People of the Vine

“The only occupation of the Omodos people was the cultivation of the vineyard and everything revolves around the juice of the vineyard.” Georgios Vassiliades, a proud son of Omodos, with these…


Maratheftiko at a glance

Maratheftiko or Vamvakada is a rare red Cypriot variety that was rediscovered just a few decades ago. It is found in the whole area of Cyprus and mainly in the mountains of Paphos,…


15 Famous Quotes including Wine

Philosophers, scholars, scientists, writers, poets, painters, filmmakers… Throughout the history of wine, which is so tightly linked to the history of humans, there have been numerous times…


The meaning of terroir

If you are into wine you will have heard about terroir and how it affects the taste of wine. Ever since the Benedictine and Cistercian monks studied and defined the concept of terroir in the…


Mavro at a glance

Mavro (=Black) is one of the oldest and most dominant grape varieties of the Cypriot land. It is found in all vine-friendly areas of Cyprus, in both fertile and barren soils, which is why…


All about wine glasses

Whether sweet or dry, white or red, robust or light, wine requires very specific serving procedures in order to reach its full flavour potential. In addition to proper serving temperatures, each…


A brief history of Cyprus wine

“Euoinos” Cyprus From Hesiod to Homer and from Shakespeare to Richard the Lionheart, references to the “Cypriot Nama” vary and testify that Cyprus has been “euoinos” [εὖ (eû, “well”) + οῖνος,…


Grape Harvest Season in Omodos

We dig it, we prune it, we harvest it, we squeeze its grapes, we drink the wine we sing and cry, visions and ideas mounting our head Nikos Kazantzakis, Askitiki Without viticulture there is no…


“Pour some water in your wine”. Why did ancient Greeks dilute their wine and what does the expression mean?

“Pour some water in your wine”, the Greeks usually say when found in an unpleasant situation where someone has to give in, compromise or forget some misunderstanding that led to a quarrel with…


Wine Glossary

How many times have you heard about the “nose” of a wine or its tannins and aftertaste? How about friends who taste a wine and talk about acidity, depth and maturation? If all this sounds strange to…