WINE VILLAGES IN CYPRUS
Cyprus has a rich history in wine making. With over ten wine villages to boast about, it’s the ideal country for any connoisseur to enjoy a relaxing holiday in. Τhough not all wine villages produce wine or have a winery, some are named and categorized as wine villages because the grape vines and grapes used to make the wines are cultivated there.
Arsos is located on a steep remote hillside, about forty five kilometers between the cities of Pafos and Limassol and is situated at 1092 meters above sea level. The whole village is composed of traditional stone houses that could be rented or let as holiday accommodations.The village is home to mineral water springs, an olive press as well as a museum of folk art and last but not least, the winery. However, unfortunately the winery is currently closed off to the public for the time being.
VASA KOILANIOU OR KRASOCHORIO
The Vasa winery is one of the largest wineries in Cyprus. The village can be found on the slopes of Troodos mountains range. Located roughly 36 kilometers, to the northwest of the city of Limassol, it is situated at an altitude of 790 meters. The intensive cultivation of its vineyards, grapes and wines has played a big role in the rise and prosperity of the constant economic growth of the village. Vasa Koilaniou also has a mineral water spring, a Byzantine museum and several traditional restaurants that are infamous among the locals and Cypriots alike.
Pachna is a large village located about thirty five kilometers southwest from the city of Limassol. The village altitude ranges from 400-745 meters above sea level. It mostly consists of two storey houses that are gloriously characterized with limestone blocks, which are beautifully hugged day and night by the village’s vine trees. Every year around the middle of August, the village hosts a grape festival. Pachna is also very famous for its dairy products, traditional Cyprus zivania and excellent food in its local taverns.
Omodhos is the main wine village of Cyprus. It is located on a hill, about 80 kilometers southwest of the city of Nicosia and is situated around 900 meters above sea level. Aside from the winery, the village of Omodhos also houses several museums; the museum of Byzantine icons, museum of folk art and the National Liberation museum. The village itself was built to go around the monastery of the holly cross, which according to reports dates back as far as 337 A.D. when Saint Helena came to Cyprus. Inside the monastery lays a piece of the holy rope that was used to tie Christ’s hands to the cross during his crucifixion.
Platres is located on the southern slopes of the Troodos Mountains, and it’s situated at an altitude of 1.128 meters above sea level. Platres is a highly popular holiday getaway for locals and tourists alike. It is surrounded by a Forest and the Cold River (Kryos Potamos). That combined gives Platres its fantastic climate for growing and cultivating grape vine trees. It has a number of great hotels, a gorgeous cottage, a tourist information office and several souvenir shops. Platres also has a very famous nature walk, the “Kalidonia Nature Trail”, which has a spectacular waterfall to admire along the way.
Doros village can be found in the Limassol district, about 25 kilometers outside the city. It is situated on a hill with an altitude of 470 meters. Surrounding the village are almond trees and grape vines. Doros, build its reputation by making the finest koumandaria in Cyprus (sweet dessert wine) and zivania, a popular spirit among the locals, by using nothing but the highest quality of grapes. Furthermore, it has a community park filled with pine trees, a windmill and an old water pump that functions till this day and continues to provide a clean supply of fresh water. Moving on, the village houses a church built early in the 20th century, called Panagia Galaktotrofousa, named after a Byzantine picture presenting Virgin Mary, breastfeading Jesus Christ.
Laneia is a very well preserved village, filled with tight alleys and narrow roads, made out of cobblestones. It is located at the foot of the Troodos mountain, about 26 kilometers from the city of Limassol. Plenty of elongated houses can be found, with astonishingly green gardens and backyards. Many tourists travel out to see the “Old Linos”, a wooden contraption that is used to press grapes. Laneia village is also home to quite a few painting artists who welcome anybody in their studios with open arms.
Lofou is another village famous for its koumandaria, not to mention its abundance of water supply from the "Kryos" and "Kouris" rivers. Lofou village, is located about 28 kilometers northwest of the city of Limassol. The houses and buildings are typically built with stone and timber architecture style. Several taverns can be found around the village, which only serve authentic, traditional cypriot food. Furthermore, it has a Byzantine museum and an olive mill.
Ayios Therapon is a village in the Limassol district, located around 20 kilometers north Erimi. Ayios Therapon has twelve houses that are preserved and vaulted with arched rooms, which were often used as storerooms for pitharia (wine jars). Sometimes these rooms, were even used as stables for donkeys.
Ayios Amvrosios is a tiny village that consists of a population no larger then three hundred. It can be found in the city of Limassol district, just up the road from Pachna, about 27 kilometers northwest of the city. The village has one church (Saint Amvrosios) and two chapels as its main attractions; the Saint Elizabeth, dating back to the 14th century and the Saint George, created in the 11th century. Lastly, it has an old oil press, a winery and a holy well.
Mandria is a small village with a number of fruit produce, including apple and hawthorn. It is packed to the brim with vineyards and a large winery to boast about. Mandria belongs to the district of Paphos and is located around, 2 kilometers easter of Timi.
Makkas Winery is internationally awarded for its wines. Don't miss the chance to try and why not buy some of the wines to take them back home!