Cyprus wines have been produced for thousands of years, with evidence of winemaking dating back to 4000 BC. Over the centuries, Cyprus has gained recognition as one of the most prominent winemaking regions in the Mediterranean, with its local varieties enjoying worldwide acclaim.
Today, Cyprus produces a wide range of both white and red wines; from light and fruity whites like Xynisteri to full-bodied reds such as Maratheftiko and Mavro. The majority of vineyards are concentrated in the Troodos Mountains region, which offer optimal growing conditions for some of the country’s best varietals. Local producers also enjoy experimenting with blends; combining different grape types to create something truly special.
And it’s not just still wines; Cyprus is also known for its delicious fortified ‘Commandaria’ – an ancient sweet wine made from sun-dried grapes that was enjoyed by famous historical figures such as Richard the Lionheart and Saladin.