wine routes

wine routes

Wine routes in Cyprus: a unique experience

Cyprus is known for its lovely weather and beaches however visitors have the chance to discover a different side, the one with local places of interest and products in combination with the beautiful scenery at the districts of Limassol and Paphos. The wine routes have been designed to provide information for the island’s wineries with wine tasting, grape delicacies, wine museums as well as visiting picturesque villages and old churches. There are six wine routes with road signs on the way.

Koumandaria Wine Route

Koumandaria is believed to be the first wine ever produced worldwide, made from sun dried grapes resulting in a sweet taste. The 14 villages that combine the koumandaria villages date back to the 12th century when reportedly the Saint John Knights were in the area and produced the drink. The villages are Ayios Georgios, Ayios Constantinos, Ayios Mamas, Ayios Pavlos, Apsiou, Gerasa, Doros, Zoopigi, Kalo Chorio, Kapilio, Lania, Louvaras, Monagri and Silikou. Visitors following the route will have the chance to visit the medieval castle of Kolossi, the once headquarters for the Knights as well as the aforementioned picturesque villages with their interesting monuments, churches and scenery.

Pitsilia Wine Route

This wine trail includes the beautiful villages in the Pitsilia area that are characterized by the magnificent view and the warm hospitality they offer, starting from Mesa Yeitonia and ending at Palodia. The route includes the mountain peaks of Madaris, Machairas and Papoutsa and many vineyards of the mountainous areas of Cyprus with such altitude, that makes the wine of richer variety. In the area, visitors will have the chance to taste the Maratheftiko wine, a rare variety.

Laona – Akamas Wine Route

The unique Laona – Akamas wine route is amazing as it not only offers an amazing view but it also combines culture, little charming villages and samples of probably the best white wine (Xynisteri) on the island. An amazing experience starting from Mesogi and ending at Polis Chrysochous going through the villages of Droushia, Kathikas, Pano and Kato Arodes. Visitors will get the chance to taste the Xynisteri, a white wine which is cultivated in the environment of the sea breeze and also the Maratheftiko variety, one of the best red wines on the island.

Vouni Panayias – Ambelitis A&B Wine Route

These two wine routes begin from the village Mesogi in Paphos with Achelleia being the ending point for the first one and Mesogi for the second one. The route takes place at an altitude of 2,400 meters and visitors get to discover many wineries producing white wine from peaches, green apples and apricots. The route includes Vouni Panayias, Chrysorrogiatissa and Agio Photio that include samples of the best wine from black grapes. Also, the Xynisteri variety is also found on the beautiful scenic route.

Diarizos Valley Wine Route

Diarizos wine route is not as well-known as the rest of the wine routes due to its lower altitude but it also has beautiful scenery and lovely vineyards. Over the last few years, modern vine cultivation methods have been introduced in the area transforming it into a prominent, competitive location for wine production. This route begins and ends at Achelleia village in Paphos and one can meet the warm welcoming of the locals along with the tranquil environment.

Krasoschoria Lemesou Wine Route

Probably the most famous wine villages in Cyprus are the ones located in the district of Limassol and the ones that represent the island’s traditional wine making. This group of villages contains most of the wineries on the island as the Mediterranean climate and the geological capacities of the area produce excellent quality wines. This route is truly unique as apart from the lovely wine and the charming little villages with the traditional architecture, the traditional food is added to the whole experience. Out of the villages included in the route, Koilani and Omodos are the most famous ones especially the second one for its church of Timios Stavros.