The Secrets of Wine Serving

Wine is a particular drink. It is produced with great craft and effort and this is what makes it so special. For this reason there are some technical rules that should be followed during serving –…


People of the Vine

“The only occupation of the Omodos people was the cultivation of the vineyard and everything revolves around the juice of the vineyard.” Georgios Vassiliades, a proud son of Omodos, with these…


Maratheftiko at a glance

Maratheftiko or Vamvakada is a rare red Cypriot variety that was rediscovered just a few decades ago. It is found in the whole area of Cyprus and mainly in the…


15 Famous Quotes including Wine

Philosophers, scholars, scientists, writers, poets, painters, filmmakers… Throughout the history of wine, which is so tightly linked to the history of humans, there have been numerous times…


The meaning of terroir

If you are into wine you will have heard about terroir and how it affects the taste of wine. Ever since the Benedictine and Cistercian monks studied and defined the concept of terroir in the…


Mavro at a glance

Mavro (=Black) is one of the oldest and most dominant grape varieties of the Cypriot land. It is found in all vine-friendly areas of Cyprus, in both fertile and…


All about wine glasses

Whether sweet or dry, white or red, robust or light, wine requires very specific serving procedures in order to reach its full flavour potential. In addition to proper serving temperatures, each…


A brief history of Cyprus wine

“Euoinos” Cyprus From Hesiod to Homer and from Shakespeare to Richard the Lionheart, references to the “Cypriot Nama” vary and testify that Cyprus has been “euoinos” [εὖ (eû, “well”) + οῖνος,…


Grape Harvest Season in Omodos

We dig it, we prune it, we harvest it, we squeeze its grapes, we drink the wine we sing and cry, visions and ideas mounting our head Nikos Kazantzakis, Askitiki Without viticulture there is no…


“Pour some water in your wine”. Why did ancient Greeks dilute their wine and what does the expression mean?

“Pour some water in your wine”, the Greeks usually say when found in an unpleasant situation where someone has to give in, compromise or forget some misunderstanding that led to a quarrel with…


Wine Glossary

How many times have you heard about the “nose” of a wine or its tannins and aftertaste? How about friends who taste a wine and talk about acidity, depth and maturation? If all this sounds strange to…


Xynisteri at a glance

Xynisteri is one of the most characteristic indigenous varieties of Cyprus and the most cultivated. It is a white, versatile variety that can be combined with other…