Republic of Cyprus
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Promotion of Agricultural Products


Wine barrelsThe cultivation of grape vines in Cyprus dates back to 3000 BC and studies indicate that the grape varieties on the island are some of the oldest in the world.

Up to the early 1980's, the domestic market was dominated by the four traditional wineries (LOEL, ETKO, KEO and SODAP). At this stage the Cyprus government enabled small enterprises to operate regional wineries in the hill villages of the grape growing regions. There are now more than 30 such wineries which are producing more diversified and characterful wines.

As fashion and tastes in the wine industry change, foreign varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Carignan Noir, Chardonnay and Semillon have been successfully introduced in the past 20 years and are employed in parallel to the local varieties of Mavro, Xynisteri, Maratheftiko and others.

The flagship of Cypriot wines however is Commandaria, which has the oldest tradition in the world, as far as the method of production and the designation of origin is concerned. Rightfully therefore, Commandaria is considered to be the pioneer of the concept «appellation of origin».

The view the main and regional wineries, click here.

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