What’s your favourite Mediterranean Vintage?
Vines have been grown and grapes have been pressed in Cyprus since the Bronze Age, a distinguished part of its culture.
Surprisingly the first commercial wine project in North Cyprus was established in 2000 in the village of Geçitköy, west of Lapta, with the aid of an international wine consultant and founder member of the Association of Wine Educators.
A variety of wines are today produced by wineries from grapes grown in the vineyards at Geçitköy, Güzelyurt as well as in Ilgaz, set high upon the hills of the Five Finger Mountains overlooking the Mediterranean. Wines are further produced from grapes purchased from local farmers.
Resident artisan vintners use their knowledge and culture heritage by creating distinguished wines from Cypriot Soil. Bud breaks occur in early spring with harvest commencing generally towards the beginning of August, handpicking from both time-honed traditions and modern technology.
Grape vines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Chardonnay and Semillon, the reds including Merlot, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Grenache and the whites Chardonnay, Semillon and Chenin Blanc.
Visitors to some of these vineyards are provided with a complete insight and experience of the Cypriot wine culture. The complete wine making process, from planting of the vines to the final production of wines, visitors can choose from a wide selection of tours, wine education courses, lectures and much more to enhance the whole wine culture experience. Naturally wine tasting events are held throughout the year.
Recommended for the wine connoisseur but a must-do for the novice as well, experience watching the sunset over a vineyard with a glass of your chosen vintage.