Cyprus is an island of incomparable ancient sites and a wealth of romantic legends. It also has a unique place in the history of wines and the development of the wine trade. In fact our wine traditions go back over 6,000 years, virtually to the dawn of civilization.
One of our wines - Commandaria - is acknowledged to be the oldest in the world and probably the first-ever to be given an 'Appellation of Origin."
Cyprus's Vineyards cover the largest percentage of semi-mountainous and mountainous land. Where not financially viable to cultivate anything else, the vine thrives from sea level up to an altitude of more than 1,500 meters.
Most of the Vineyards are planted in the two main Wine regions of the Island on the western and the south part Paphos and Lemesos, which is perdominantly of Lime, Asbestolithic, but also Volcanic Soil, on the western and southern parts of the Troodos Moutain Range.
The Cyprus Vinyard is composed mostly of Cypus indigenous grape Varieties, such as Mavro, Xynisteri, Maratheftiko, Ofthalmo, but we also have International varieties like Cabernet sauvignon Cabernet Franc, Shiraz, Mattaro, Chardonnay, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling etc. In general the Cyprus Indigenous varieties outweigh the international by 2:1.
Below you will see the typical Cyprus Vineyards in Cuplike trelises but also more modern vineyards planted in other styles.