The island’s longstanding tradition of winemaking needs no further proof than its claim to the world’s oldest named wine still in production – that of Commandaria, proclaimed by Richard the Lionheart as the “wine of the kings and the king of the wines.” And whilst the same ancient grape varieties are still cultivated; and the same villages produce wine in the old, traditional ways, the island’s wine industry has also vastly modernized, progressed, and expanded. Whether you’re a connoisseur or a simple lover of the drink that locals once worshipped as the ‘nectar of the Gods, you will delight in discovering a host of charming wineries and wine growing regions along seven glorious wine routes.
From the high, southern slopes of the Troodos mountain range, to a stunning stretch between Limassol and Paphos, and the rural areas of Larnaca and Nicosia routes are all sign-posted and will take you through valleys of indigenous grape varieties, picture-perfect landscapes, and a journey of knowledge about the island’s intrinsic viticultural roots.
Along the way, you will be welcomed warmly at quaint villages and wineries, where you can sample choice vintages, learn from the locals, and even find a wine museum or two. After all, the art of wine in Cyprus is more than simply a way of life; it is an inherent passion with roots that go even deeper than those of its vines.