Explore the Wine Trails of Cyprus
The Mediterranean island of Cyprus has been a popular holiday destination for years. With wealth of culture and history, there’s always something new to see and, if you’re a wine lover, you’ll find an abundance of wonders to explore.
Wine history goes back over 5500 years on this island and since joining the EU in 2004, Cyprus is now home to many young winemakers with 21st century ideas.
There are a host of easy to navigate, marked wine routes in the western and southwestern regions that make fantastic day trips by hire car. The Cyprus Tourism Organization provides six detailed itineraries many of which begin and end in the cities of Limassol and Paphos.
Paphos is home to an international airport with many direct flights and makes a perfect base for wine exploration.
The Laona-Akamas Wine Route
A mix of breezy coastline and amazing vistas, this route offers panoramic scenery mixed with a bit of local culture and five diverse wineries to visit. Stop in a small mountain village for a bite to eat, do a bit of shopping and soak in the atmosphere before heading to one of the many wineries. They’ll welcome you with wines made familiar grapes such as Riesling and Syrah, but ‘go native’ and try local wines made from refreshing Xynisteri and luscious Mavro.
On your way back to town stop in another village for a cup of Cyprus coffee and a cool glass of water – a pick me up before a fun evening of food and wine in Paphos.
The Kilada – Diarizo Wine Route
If you love tranquil back roads and undiscovered wine treasures, this is the path for you. Visit wineries that date back generations as you follow the Diarizos River past lush vineyards and orchards. Experience unique regional architecture, historic sites and Cypriot hospitality as you enjoy this up and coming wine region.
A short drive from Paphos and you’re in the popular city of Limassol.
Krasochoria - Lemesou Wine Route
Start your adventure with a visit the fascinating Cyprus Wine Museum in Erimi then explore the Wine Villages of Lemesos (Limassol). This district, known as Krasochoria, is home to dozens of wineries and charming hamlets all nestled in the hills above the city. Take a vineyard tour, taste wines that express the unique Cypriot soils and enjoy lunch at a local taverna.
Kourmandaria Wine Route
Wine and history blend together as we drive north of Limassol to explore 14 villages that make up the Kourmandaria region. Home to the famous castle of the Knight’s Templar in Kolossi, the region also gives it’s name to the renowned sweet wine of Cyprus -Commondaria. Travel on to one of the many wineries in the area to learn more about this historic wine and taste some, too. With all the picturesque villages in this region, you’ll find many charming venues for lunch or a quick snack before heading on to your next winery visit.
When to Visit:
Cyprus has one of the best climates in the Eastern Mediterranean so no matter when you visit you’re virtually guaranteed sunshine and warm temperatures. Summer highs average 33˚C with lows of 23˚C in the evening. Ocean breezes and higher altitudes offer cooling influences in the hotter months of July and August, June and September are practically perfect for touring the many attractions on offer.
If you’re looking for something special, time your holiday to coincide with the annual wine festival in Pathos during late August and early September. Join locals and visitors alike and celebrate the grape harvest and Dionysus, the god of wine.
Road Trip Photos
Image Credits: Oniro Vins and Profireiser