The Cyprus Tourist Organisation publishes details including illustrated brochures of three wine routes that take in the vineyards and wineries of Limassol District. Each is a comfortable day out – enjoy!
Wine Route 4: Krasochoria – Lemesou
The Krasochoria – Lemesou Wine Route take you through charming wine villages in an effortless journey through beautiful scenery.
The region is a stronghold of traditional wine making with an excellent choice of local wines.
Nowhere else in Cyprus are there so many wineries as in the wine growing villages of Limassol District, known locally as Krasochoria, the Wine Villages. In Omodos and Koilani alone there are ten wineries.
The Krasochoria – Lemesou Wine Route is outstanding and different to all the others.
The dry climate combined with a unique geology is responsible for some excellent wines, made mostly from the local grape varieties Xynisteri and Mavro and also from some imported ones, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Mataro, Grenache and Syrah.
Make sure you give yourself enough time to enjoy everything this route and its special wines have to offer.
You will visit some wonderfully unspoilt villages including Omodos, Vasa, Koilani, Lofou and Vouni with their traditional architecture, cobblestoned narrow passages cheerful surroundings, many of which host some for the best tavernas in Cyprus.
Start Point: Kolossi
End Point: Avdimou
Wine Route 4: Koumandaria
The Koumandaria Wine Route takes you back in time, to the secrets of the island's most ancient and famous wine, the world famous Koumandaria.
Koumandaria, Commandaria, or Commanderia (Greek: ΚουμανδαρÎ¯α) is an amber-coloured sweet dessert wine made in the Koumandaria region of Cyprus on the foothills of the Troodos mountains.
Koumandaria is made from sun-dried grapes of the varieties Xynisteri and Mavro. While often a fortified wine, through its production method it often reaches high alcohol levels, around 15%, already before fortification.
Koumandaria is an ancient wine style documented in Cyprus back to 800 BC and has the distinction of being the world's oldest named wine still in production, with its name dating back to the crusades in the 12th century.
The route through fourteen Koumandaria villages goes back to 1192 AD when the knights of St. John were perfecting the production of what was perhaps, the first wine in the world identified by the name Koumandaria.
The sun, acting as a valuable ally partly dries the harvested grapes, condensing their natural sweet flavours and enriching their taste.
The co-operative wineries of the region, operating within an internationally accepted and protected zone, are worth a visit.
Once in the area, don't forget to visit the refurbished wine press of Laneia, which has been kept alive throughout the centuries, a reminder of the land's glorious past in winemaking.
A popular site is also the medieval castle of Kolossi, once the commanding base of the knights of Saint John.
Start Point: Kolossi
Finish Point: Agia Fyla
Wine Route 5: Pitsilia
The Pitsilia Wine Route takes you through an area where pines and vines grow freely on the mountainsides exuding rural charm. Neat villages and friendly people complete the picture.
Several villages are included in the 'Nom d'Origine' Pitsilia, an area that spreads around the mountain peaks of Madari, Papoutsa and the north-western part of Machairas.
Here the altitude secures a slower and effortless grape maturity, whilst the arid and sloping earth forces the vines to huddle together and produce richer wines.
Classic local grape varieties continue to have a dominant presence amongst the vineyards of Pitsilia, with occasional encounters of the Maratheftiko, a rare variety which the old wine growers cultivated in between the Mavro in order to enrich the colour and smell of their wines.
Start Point: Mesa Geitonia
End Point: Palodeia
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