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Wines of Cyprus

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The first wine production in Cyprus took place nearly 6000 years ago.

Most Cyprus wine is made from indigenous grape varieties and you will find the grape name Xynisteri on many white wines. The taste differs according to the harvest, and is best drunk young  (as with most white table wine so check the year when comparing), and very cold. 

Red wine is made from a variety of local grapes such as Mavro, Opthalmo and the unique tasting Maratheftiko. In the past I have found most Cyprus reds too dry for me, when I compare with what I drink in the UK, so I was pleased to find Status 99 available at most supermarkets, dark in the glass and more fruity than most.

Whilst most red wines are also best drunk when young, more mature wines are now being produced, blended with other grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Mataro and aged in oak casks.

As you are staying in the Paphos region you have access to some good wines from the smaller local wineries, who are using up to date modern equipment and methods. And of course they welcome you to taste the wines and buy direct at good prices, or go at one of the many “Cava” shops.

Lunch and wine tasting: 2 excellent Paphos wineries are now offering pre bookable lunches, very highly recommended. Vouni at Panagia tel. 357 99 453 138  mobile  and Kolios at Statos-Agios Fotios, Telephone: +357 26 72 40 90 Mobile: +357 99 47 93 30  Fantastic views at both, must book. Top tip: Call your Rep. and ask  them to pre book you a table with a good view.

Nicole has noticed that upmarket Alpha Mega supermarket just off the large roundabout at the end of Paphos highway, is stocking wines from the smaller up and coming wineries. A good day to shop here is Tuesday when they reduce prices of fish, and Thursday when they do the same for meat. 87, Dimokratias Street, 8028 Paphos   Telephone: 26209696

When you are in the supermarket it can be daunting faced with rows and rows of bottles, (many will be from the big wineries ie Sodap, Keo, Loel). Of course you can look for the silver or gold medal emblem

Update 21/3/14:

Gold Medals 

2010 Vlassides Winery Private Selection (Red Blend)

2005 Sodap Saint Barnabas Commandaria

2013 Sodap Stroumpeli Chardonnay

2011 Ayia Mavri Winery Mosxatos

2013 Sodap Kamantarena Xynisteri

2013 Zambartas Wineries Xynisteri

2013 Vlassides Winery White (Xynisteri/Sauvignon Blanc)

2013 Ktima Gerolemo Xynisteri Dry

 

Silver Medals

 2012 Zambartas Wineries Epicourios (Lefkada/Merlot)

2009 Vasilikon Winery Methi (Cabernet Sauvignon)

2013 Vassilikon Winery White (Xynisteri)

2012 Ktima Gerolemo Maratheftiko

2008 Vardalis Winery Maratheftiko

2013 Kolios Winery Persefoni (Xynisteri)

2012 Zambartas Wineries Maratheftiko

2013 Ktima Gerolemo Xynisteri Medium/Sweet

Here are some Sundance Villas favourites from the smaller wineries:

White wines

Kolios: Persefoni dry

Ezousa: Xynisteri

Tsalapatis: Dry white Regina & Sauvignon Blanc

Vasilikon: Dry white

Vouni Panagia: Alina dry white

Vouni Panagia: Xynisteri

Nelion: Muscat dessert wine (small bottle)

 

Red Wines

Kolios: Status 99  Irene’s favourite

Kolios: Shiraz 2006 (Silver and Gold medal)

Vasilikon: Agios Onoufrios (Good chilled)

Tsangarides: Cabernet/Shiraz

Tsangarides: Mattaro & organic Mattaro 2010

Ezousa: Maratheftiko

Vlasidis: Cabernet Sauvignon

Constantinou: Shiraz

Argiridi: Maratheftiko

Vardalis: Cabernet Sauvignon vintage 2004

 

Rose

Fikardos: Valentina

Kolios: Cornetto

Vouni: Pampela

Prophet Elias: Maratheftiko 2013 Silver Medal (Irene’s favourite)

 Rose wine.640

 

And more good wineries: Makkas in Statos-Agios Fotios, Telephone: + 357 77 77 22 21,  Tsangarides in Lemona, Paphos, Telephone: + 357 26 72 27 77 , Zambartas in Troodos,    + 357 25 94 24 24 Mobile +357 99 61 55 66, 99 30 01 66, Lambouri in Troodos,  +357 70 00 94 63, Kyperounda in Limassol,   +357 25 53 20 43 Mobile: +357 99 58 96 12, 99 61 33 62. Vlassides in Limassol,   +357 99 44 15 74. Vasa in Limassol   +357 25 94 59 99,  Mobile: +357 99 58 88 48    You can of course visit these wineries alone or go on a Cyprus Tourist Office (or other) wine tour.

P.S. Tip: If you’re just ordering a GLASS of wine somewhere, the village RED is almost always better than the village WHITE.  If faced with a wine list, tell the taverna owner/waiter what taste/grape/wine you like at home, order a bottle and take the rest home with you! 

And just in case you cannot find these wines, you may be able to get white fruity Thisbe & drier Alkion, 2 reliable whites from a large Limassol winery,  Keo.

The annual Wine Festival is held in Limassol end August September.

I have found this website useful: http://wineriescyprus.com/

Irene Hare         March 2014

Trips and Excursions in Paphos and Polis

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Trips, excursions and activities in Paphos and Polis. Our team live here so don’t miss out on the wide variety of things to do, from viewing the World Heritage Mosiacs in Paphos Harbour to donkey rides in Lysos village

 

DAYS OUT/ACTIVITIES/BEACHES

 

We highly recommend you get some travel books before you go.  We have not attempted to try to tell you about the historic sites here as there are websites dedicated to this.   Find Information on  and general info on Culture, history etc.  from Cyprus Tourist Organization:   http://www.visitcyprus.com/wps/portal  Tel London 02 7 569 8800 for free maps and booklets.

 Info on nature:  https://www.facebook.com/CyprusNatureExplorer

Walking in Cyprus and more:

What’s going on in the Paphos area:  http://www.paphospeople.com/whats_on.html 

Places and Villages not to be missed:

 

Akamas National Park/Lara Bay/Turtles etc. WONDERFUL.  Jeep required, or go on a lively jeep Safari. Bumpy, but the most popular day out with my clients. If you are interested ask Nicole for  tickets at special price for Sundance clients.

2nd most popular day out is the boat trip with optional BBQ from Latchi to Fontana Amorosa. Stop for swimming. See Blog on Boat trips

Boat trip Blue Lag.m.iv.448

 

Troodos Mountains  A must. Chilly in Summer! You may like to stop and eat at Kakopetria, The Village Pub Taverna, next to famous stone. Run by Susan + Bambos, and daughters. Please say “hello” to Susan from me.  It is a tiring day and a bendy drive, so if you do not want to drive yourself join one of the guided Jeep Safaris. Ask Nicole for further information and tickets at discounted rates.

 

Caledonian Falls. Troodos, nr Psilo Dendro restaurant or nearby smaller Chantara or Handara Falls in Foini. Lovely tavern (Phini tavern) in center of village. Do not miss as well Foini Pottery Museum, near Platres. A private museum showing everything you always wanted to know about pottery. The 84-year old owner speaks fluent English and is very happy to share his knowledge with you.

 

Agios Minas Monastery. Nr Lefkara, Kato Drys, famous lacemaking. This Monastery is famous for the icons, and is open only in the morning.

 

Lefkara: Very pretty village in 2 parts. Handmade lace is made by the women, silver jewellery by the men. Polite bartering recommended. If you see the ladies making the lace, stop to watch it as there are not so many doing this now. (The young ones do not want to do it, generally.)

In Kato Drys:     Marias Restaurant, good Meze.

 

Sinti Monastery. Nr Pentalia. Beautiful area.

 

Omodhos. Traditional stone houses, very pretty but  prices in shops can be expensive. Beautiful Monastery, (no monks) church and 2 museums: embroidery and Byzantine Icons.

 omodhos stained glass

Laneia. Village of the Artists. Paintings etc for sale outside houses.

 Here is a mural of people who once lived in Laneia:

Laneia Artists village Frieze (5)

 

 

Guided excursions by coach

 

 

 

A coach excursion is a relaxing way for you to discover Cyprus, accompanied by a qualified tour guide,  and we highly recommend Ruslan Travel for this. Very often it is our local Sundance Villas agent Neoptolemos Michael doing the guiding on these tours, and we are sure that you will have a really enjoyable trip.

 

Further information here

 

For bookings and further information please contact:

 

Tel: +357 26 600 662
108 Apostolou Pavlou.
8040 Paphos-CYPRUS
Website: http://www.ruslantravel.com/

 

Days out:

 

“Stroll around Paphos” to view local sights with a guide. Free of charge c/o  Cyprus Tourist Office, Gladstone Street, Paphos. Tel: 26932841, You need to pre-book.   http://www.pafos.org.cy/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=21&Itemid=113〈=en

 

Donkey Excursions into the beautiful Paphos Forest.  From Lysos Village , nr Polis. Andrew & Shirley 99086721 €17 per hour. Family of 4 €60 You can also enjoy a lovely drive along the edge of the Paphos Forrest, see your map, going between Lysos, take the Paradisio Hotel road, and Statos, Ayios Fotios. Exceptionally beautiful late afternoon. This is one of my favourite drives..Irene.

 

Polis Area Boat Hire and boat trips: You can rent a motor boat from Latchi Water Sports in the harbour.  (Tel (00357)  26322095).  They provide a cool box for your picnic and kit you out with goggles and snorkels – and shortie wetsuits for the children. Don’t worry if you have not driven a boat before, they have professional RYA power boat instructors on hand to show you the ropes. They  also offer  a great half day cruising up the stunning coastline of the Akamas.  No experience necessary. Also Scuba Diving. They have the 5 star PADI Gold Palm IDC. Jet skis available too. Training given.  10% off for Sundance Villas clients. Ask for Tom. E.mail for more info: lwsports@spidernet.com.cy

 

ALKION Boat, with its well covered main deck, operates daily in high season from Latchi Harbour to the Blue Lagoon. Half Day or Full Day trips available from April to October.  It’s a comfortable and relaxing cruise, highly recommended. Alkion has a power operated winch which enables wheelchair users to both get on board and also go for a swim in the sea, using a chair hoist to transport them down into the sea and  back out again, usually a mere dream for disabled visitors. Similar trips as well available on Koula Boat etc. For further information please ask Nicole, Tel. 0035799599956.

 

Paphos Area Boat Trips: From Paphos Harbour. Wave Dancer 1. We think this is the best boat in the Harbour for professionalism, experience, quality and the wide selection of trips. Catering is done ON BOARD in their modern kitchens. Wave Dancer offering cruises for every taste from half-day to full day or even night cruises. Ask Nicole your Rep for the actual programme, more info and a special discount for Sundance clients. Tel. 99599956   

Unfortunately the Harbour is plagued with the (illegal) leaflet touts for inferior boats. Wave Dancer operates during the summer only.

 Wild Valley Resort. Ostrich Farm with playground. Very popular for Sunday buffet lunch, incl ostrich meat. Nicole our Sundance Villas Rep has 2 young children and recommends this farm: “Ostrich is a very tasty meat a bit similar to beef, very tender, I really enjoyed the  Snitzels.”  Fantastic views from the restaurant.  Try the guided minibus excursion through the farm. Nr Pissouri. Tel.: +357 25 711110,  E-mailinfo@ostrich.com.cy ., http://www.ostrich.com.cy/

 Water Parks. On way back to airport. Yeroskipou. Relaxing for parents & ideal for children, lovely baby-children pool for young swimmer and great slides to entertain the older ones plus parents. Aphrodite Waterpark Paphos https://www.aphroditewaterpark.com/index.php

More confident swimmers and families with older children of every age may like slightly cheaper Fasouri Watermania, nr Limassol which has biggest Wavepool and Laxy River in Cyprus plus plenty of other attractions inclusive the interactive centre, specially designed for children but funny enough keeps whole families occupied. Shuttle bus from Pafos hotels available every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. http://www.fasouri-watermania.com/

 

Paphos Zoo,   Agios Georgios, just past Coral Bay.   It is situated 6 km away from Coral Bay going towards St. George.   They have lots of very interesting and rare birds as well as a large collection of animals including Moufflon, Turtles, Crocodile, one of the largest collections of venomous snakes in Europe, and the chance to feed their giraffes.  There is also a children’s petting zoo where you are allowed to touch some of the smaller animals, a very good playground, Snack Bar and a lovely restaurant which offers great food. The owner has had a love of birds and all things in nature since he was a boy, and this Zoo is a fulfilment of his Dreams. This is a great day out for all ages.  2014 Prices in Euros: Sundance Villas Clients Discounted Prices as agreed with Simon Holley on presentation of our Discounts Letter:  Normal prices are in brackets. Single Adult €12.00,(€15.50) Single Child €7.00 (€8.50). We suggest go early in the morning, and have the whole day there. It is open all year round.     If you need any further information call Nicole when you are in Cyprus 99 599956 or  visit their website: http://www.pafosbirdpark.com/ Tel 26 813852. 

 

Golf: Paphos Golf Driving Range, Academy and Minigolf Open 7 days a week from 9.00 until dusk.

A medium basket (60 balls) costs Euro 5.00 and a jumbo basket (100 balls) Euro 8.00. Equipment hire is Euro 4.00. For families with children they offer a 10 minute mini lesson to children free of charge. With every 5 baskets you get one basket free.  They are opposite Azia Hotel which is on the coast road in Chlorakas, and the contact number at present is +357 26271555.                                                                                                               

There are 4 top grass Golf Courses as well in the Paphos area where you can enjoy playing golf all year round. Further information: http://www.visitpafos.org.cy/golf_courses.aspx

 

Bowling at Bowling Centre, Paphos Town http://cosmicbowlingclub.com/. They have a nice indoor play area for children as well. As well good fun for the whole family with Bowling, Cinema, Playarea or just to have a coffee is “Planet Adventure” near roundabout to motorway: http://www.planetadventure.com.cy/. New for 2014: Cinema, kidsland and video arcade at Kings Avenue Mall at Tombs of the Kings Road in Paphos, http://www.kingsavenuemall.com/directory/entairtainment.html.

 

Ithaki Amusement Park & Minigolf, Coral Bay, Trikomou. Tel. 26815646, in the centre of Coral Bay in a side street. Fun for  the whole family with bumper cars, video games, café, snack bar and Minigolf. Open Monday to Sunday from 9.00 am until 12 pm.

 

House of Olive, Oleastro. Anogyra village. Overlooking Episkopi, nr Limassol. Olive meal and museum. Try the olives, see the millstones working, have a coffee, buy excellent oil. Tel 99 525093 or 565768.  http://www.oleastro.com.cy/park.html

 

Walking in the mountains:

There are lovely walks in the Troodos area, further information: http://www.walkcyprus.com/mt-olympus/

 

Beaches: Blue Flag beach Coral Bay is sandy and has watersports, sunloungers and umbrellas.  Corallia beach is also sandy, a little further on, has a good fish tavern and also, importantly public showers and toilets.

Faros Beach: Faros is a sandy beach with an excellent view situated at the west end of Paphos. Access to the beach is easy and well sign-posted. There is also a beach volleyball court.

Geroskipou Beach: near Atlantida Restaurant. This beach area has been developed very well over the past years, wavebreakers have been set up and made the whole area more sandy. Busy with tourists and locals. Volleyball and football courts on the beach, bars and restaurants. Sea trac chair for disabled guests (summer).

Near airport: Also Mandria/Timi area, stony, small sandy coves, few tourists, most undeveloped beaches, crystal clear water and sand, good as well for fishing.

Pissouri, from airport direction to Limassol: some nice bays and lovely beachside restaurants.

Curium beach, on the way to Limassol. Long, sandy beach (about 1.5 km), no stones, nice waves which are good fun and a really good air conditioned restaurant “Chris Blue Beach” with a verandah. It’s the middle taverna, and it seems to be recently renovated or re-built as it is very modern with toilet, shower, changing rooms and really nice food.

Less crowded is the enormous Chrysochou Bay, Polis. Sandy area is Blue Flag Polis Camping,  sea trac chair for disabled guests (summer), and Latsi (Latchi).  See Takkas Bay, eating out. Stony, clear clean water, lounger/umbrella hire from the restaurant.  Drive past Anassa Hotel, heading towards Baths of Aphrodite, sea on your right and there is an undeveloped beach right in front of our Aphrodite villa. The sea at nearby Fontana Amorosa is said to be the bluest and clearest in Cyprus. Boat trips available from Latchi. 

Pyrgos: Go to Polis and turn right towards Pomos. About 40 mins drive. Heart shaped sandy beach. On a clear day you can see the mountains of Turkey. Few tourists, away from the crowds.

Further info on beaches: http://www.visitpafos.org.cy/Beaches.aspx#A1