Cyprus's best selection
If you are a wine lover then Cyprus is a great place to visit or live. Evidence of making wine in Cyprus dates back to the fourth millenium B.C. The island is covered with vineyards located in a range at very high altitudes in the mountains or lowlands near the coasts.
The hot dry climate in the higher altitude are ideal conditions for a good grape and the variety of conditions produce a variety of grapes. On Cyprus all variaties of grapes can be grown. There are hundreds of wines being created every year.
Presently it is produced throughout the island by big companies like Keo, ETKO and Lowe with the ability to bottle over 1 million bottles a year. There are also many small winery's all across the island and in many cases by local farmers and families for their own consumption. In the Paphos area, Kathikas village is known for its vineyards and wine production.
The wine councier can enjoy all these wines on many tours available throughout Cyprus. There very extensive tours where you can visit places from the Troodos mountains to more coastal areas of Paphos. You will also be taken around and get to experience some of the other beauties of the island. You can arrange for a local tour on all parts of the island. You can also visit the Cyprus wine museum in Erimi which can be reached by car or bus.
Since Cyprus is one of the oldest wine making countries in the world it is a definite place to visit for those interested in any aspect of wine. With 6000 years of experience there are many great wines and flavours to discover. Although many countries offer great flavourful drinks what is it that makes the wine that comes out of Cyprus just so unique and special?
In countries produce comes and goes and throughout time some fruits and foods that used to grow may no longer be around due to the way the climate and environment in changing. Thankfully Cyprus has managed to hold on to the great grape growing conditions. Cyprus is known to produce more types of grape than any other country. Due to these many types of grape that are available; Cypriot wine makers can take advantage and produce various different types of wine with great, unique flavours.
There is a huge amount of wine produced in Cyprus year in and year out, and because of this you can find it almost anywhere in the world. One major difference you will find when looking at Cypriot wine in a foreign country to the wine in Cyprus itself is the price. Once the wine has been sold, exported and then resold to be put on store shelves there is a great amount of tax and inflation applied to more than double the original price that the wine can be brought for. If you’re looking to try some of the best wine in the world at an unbelievable price, it’s a lot easier to just visit the country yourself to discover some of the great drinks available.
Some of the wine produced in Cyprus such as the Kosher Wine in used specifically in the Jewish religion during the time of Passover. This type of wine has been chosen because of the way it has been made, it matches the kosher standards. Cyprus is one of the greatest providers of this style of wine and many Jewish people all over the world enjoy the wine that has been made in the country.
A great way to dig deep into the wine industry is to visit Cyprus’ national wine museum. The wine museum is held in a building that was once used by wine merchants to meet on their way to the markets to sell their stock. It is over 150 years old and took a very long time to refurbish to where it is today. The wine museum offers you a great insight as too how the wine industry came about Cyprus and just exactly how it continued to develop as time went on. It is very cheap to enter and along with your tour you can get to taste some of the extravagant wines for only one euro extra.
It’s very doubtful that during a short term stay or an average family holiday you will have enough time to taste the many different styles of wine Cyprus has to offer. Besides the wine museum there are many other wineries around that will offer you a day or night of great wine tasting along with some fantastic cultural meals to go with it. Once you have tried some of the great flavours the country's wine has to offer, you are sure to only want to come back for more.