Wine Tasting in Cyprus
By Viator, December 2013
Today, Cypriot wine production is still booming and wine tasting tours have become a popular pastime for visitors, often combined with a visit to the Cyprus Wine Museum in Limassol or the Kolossi Castle, where medieval Knights first began producing Commandaria. Most of Cyprus’ wineries are small, family-run affairs, with the majority of vineyards concentrated around the southern slopes of the Troodos Mountains or the lowland foothills of the Paphos district.
The best way to uncover Cyprus’ wine heritage is to follow one of the six dedicated wine routes mapped out by the Cyprus Tourism Organization. It’s possible to walk, cycle or drive around the scenic routes, which link together the principal winemaking villages in the Limassol and Paphos districts, taking in some of the island’s most idyllic scenery along the way. Options include the Commandaria Wine Route, starting out from Kolossi Castle; the Krasochoria Wine Route, which includes traditional villages like Omodos and Koilani; the mountainous Pitsilia Wine Route; and the little-known Diarizos valley, a perfect spot for those looking to get off-the-beaten-track.