08:40 on Sunday 13th October 2019
CYPRUS WINE TOUR OCTOBER 2019
We now have more details for our proposed tour, having visited recently and returned enthused by the quality of some of the wines from boutique producers, including some who have arrived on the scene in the last couple of years. Here is a proposed itinerary, subject to change in the day to day detail, but designed to confirm start and end timings and give you a flavour of this tour. We will be staying in hotels of a three star standard, pleasant and well reviewed, but not luxurious.
Sunday 13 October
Transfers from Paphos airport/town can be arranged. Costs are not included.
Overnight at Paradisos Hills Hotel, Lysos (www.paradisoshills.com). This is a modern family run hotel on the edge of the Paphos forest with views down to the coast. The food is traditional Cypriot style.
Monday 14 October
We start our tour at Vouni Panayia Winery (www.vounipanayiawinery.com), established in 1987 as one of the first of the new wave of Cypriot wineries, for a tasting of its award winning wines based on local grape varieties.
We travel up to the hills to Kolios Winery for its famous mezze lunch and range of easy drinking wines, augmented recently by a couple of single varietals from rediscovered Cyprus indigenous grapes.
Returning back down to the valley, we pause for a quick look at the peaceful monastery of Chryssorogiatissa (right) with its lovely views.)
Buffet dinner at Paradisos Hills Hotel with a wine presentation from Makarounas Boutique Winery. This exciting young winemaker has returned from training in California and rebuilt his father’s village winery. His first two years of production have revealed some delightful new wines.
Overnight at Paradisos Hills Hotel.
Tuesday 15 October
Visit Tsangarides Winery at Lemona (www.tsangarideswinery.com). This picturesque winery’s range includes a number of organic wines, together with its popular Shiraz rosé and some interesting single varietal reds.
Lunch at Seven St Georges traditional taverna.
Travel to the Troodos mountains and visit Karseras Commandaria Winery at Doros (www.karseraswinery.com), to see traditional small-scale production of this ancient wine.
Dinner and overnight at the Mill Hotel, Kakopetria.
Wednesday 16 October
Vlassides Winery just outside Koilani village is a striking modern building, a true contrast with the courtyard of his family home where we first met Sofoklis Vlassides in 2001, freshly returned from training in the US and maturing his first wines in barrels crammed into the old village shop that had been his grandparents’. Keen to combine production of local and international varieties, Sophocles is now a consulting winemaker as well as continuing to produce some serious reds: here we hope to enjoy a vertical tasting of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Continuing to Zambartas Winery at Agios Amvrosios, we visit another young friend in Marcos Zambartas, who, together with his Dutch wife Marleen, is developing the winery founded by his father, who was a true enthusiast for Cyprus indigenous varieties. Their delightful range of wines will be combined with a light lunch.
Free evening to choose dinner in the various restaurants in Kakopetria. Overnight at the Mill Hotel.
Thursday 17 October
Visit the medieval church of Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis with its Swiss style pitched roofs to shed the winter snow and interior covered with frescoes, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Visit Tsiakkas Winery (www.tsiakkaswinery.com), where Costas Tsiakkas is a character of more mature years yet still sometimes aided by his elderly father in producing Zivania (Cyprus aguadente) and a range of wine including some from revived local varieties like Giannoudi.
Lunch at Symposio Tavern, Pelendri.
Continue to Kyperounda (www.photiadesgroup.com/kyperounda), a winery that has aimed for consistent quality and was the first to introduce a lightly oaked Xinisteri to the market, a move that gave this traditional variety extra complexity and shelf life.
In the evening Christos Vassiliades will join us for dinner as we sample wines from (allegedly) the highest vineyards in Europe at 1600m, produced by another young winemaker who has trained abroad and returned to enhance the local scene with some exciting new wines.
Dinner and overnight at the Mill Hotel, Kakopetria (right).
Friday 18 October
Depart hotel 1000.
Visit Omodhos village with its quaint streets, monastery in the centre and preserved wine presses, one of which is owned by the family who have developed our final winery to visit: Ktima Gerolemo (www.ktimagerolema.com). This modern winery and large tasting room have been built with an eye to coach tour groups – the shop sells an imaginative range of preserves using grape juice and carob – but also boasts a number of international wine awards. It produces a delightful dry muscat.
Lunch and return to Paphos. Tour ends.
It is possible to travel out from Faro to Paphos via Gatwick with Easyjet and to return on three days of the week via Stansted with Ryanair, within a day. Otherwise an overnight is necessary. There are flights into Paphos from a number of European airports: details of this year’s flights can be found here: https://www.hermesairports.com/en/pafoshome/flight-information-pafos/flight-schedule
Costs and payment
The full cost of this tour will be €750 (single room supplement €100).
Included: 5 nights’ accommodation, transport by coach, all meals and tastings Monday to Friday excluding Wednesday night. The cost of dinner on Sunday 13th is not included but will be available if required at the Paradisos Hills Hotel, at extra cost.
Note: at the Mill in Kakopetria there are three rooms which will offer a reduction of €40 per person for the stay and two senior suites which incur a supplement of €45 per person.
A deposit of €200 per person is payable to confirm your interest: this will be refunded if the tour does not proceed. Booking procedure is as follows:
1. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request place(s) on the tour.
2. Wait for confirmation from Nick.
3. Pay €200 deposit per person (for procedure see below) within 7 days.
4. Email email@example.com to advise him that payment has been made.
5. Receive reconfirmation email from Nick.
6. Await confirmation that minimum numbers have been reached.
7. Make individual flight bookings.
8. Pay balance in summer 2019.