Wine routes

Take a tour of the wineries and indulge in some wine-tasting, or sample other grape-based delicacies visiting an old monastery or a wine museum along the way.

Kilada Diarizou Wine Route

A fascinating journey along the Diarizos river, through beautifully unspoiled green surroundings, decked with picturesque vineyards and attractive scenery.

The Diarizos valley is the least known wine producing region in Cyprus. Its altitude, at a lower level compared to the other wine growing areas, and the dominance of the local Mavro grape variety, have kept it for years away from the wine scene. However, with the creation of many small wine making units and the introduction of modern vine cultivation, the Diarizos region has transformed into a competitive wine producing area of great promise. Get to know the region and enjoy its striking tranquil scenery, the genuine hospitality of the local people and the pleasurable delights of its expanding wine trade.

Start Point: Acheleia

End Point: Acheleia

Koumandaria Wine Route

A trip that takes you back in time, to the secrets of the island’s most ancient and famous wine, the world famous Koumandaria.

The route through fourteen Koumandaria villages goes back to 1192 AD when the knights of St. John were perfecting the production of what was perhaps, the first wine in the wolrd identified by its name. Koumandaria! The sun, acting as a valuable ally partly dries the harvested grapes, condensing their natural sweet flavours and enriching their taste. Cooperative wineries of the region, operating within an internationally accepted and protected zone, are worth a visit. Once in the area, don’t forget to visit the refurbished wine press of Laneia, which has been kept alive throughout the centuries, a reminder of the land’s glorious past in winemaking. A popular site is also the medieval castle of Kolossi, once the commanding base of the knights of Saint John.

Start Point: Kolossi

End Point: Agia Fyla

Krasochoria Lemesou Wine Route

Renowned wine villages in an effortless journey through beautiful scenery. A stronghold of tradiontal wine making with an excellent choice of local wines.

Nowhere else in Cyprus is such a great presence of wineries as in these wine growing villages of Lemesos (Limassol) district, known locally as Krasochoria, the Wine Villages. In Omodos and Koilani alone there are 10 such wineries. The route is outstanding, not resembling any other. A dry climate combined with a unique geology is responsible for some excellent wines, made mostly from the local grape varieties Xynisteri and Mavro and also from some imported ones, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Mataro, Grenache and Syrah. Make sure you have enough time at your dispocal to taste what this route and its special wines have to offer. Visit wonderfully unspoilt villages such as Omodos, Vasa, Koilani, Lofou and Vouni with their traditional architecture, cobblestoned narrow passages cheerfull sourroundings, many of which host some for the best tavernas in Cyprus.

Start Point: Kolossi

End Point: Avdimou

Laona – Akamas Wine Route

Evocative region with rugged coastlines and charming little villages, oozing with culture and lush vines, with rustic and contemporary elements nesting side by side.

Situated in the western shores of Cyprus, villages such as Drouseia, Ineia, Kathikas, Pano and Kato Arodes invite you to visit their windswept vineyards. To get to know the Xynisteri, an indigenous grape variety that grows in a climate tempered by the sea breeze, offering cool yet solid wines with a fine aroma, most probably among the best white wines produced in Cyprus.

These and othe destinations of the route also invite you to sample the rare Maratheftiko, one of the best red wine varieties of Cyprus.

Start Point: Mesogi

End Point: Polis Chrysochous

Pitsilia Wine Route

Pine and vines grow freely into the mountainsides exuding rural charm. Neat villages and friendly people complete the picture.

Several villages are included inthe ‘Nom d’Origine’ Pitsilia, an area that spreads around the mountain peaks of Madari, Papoutsa and the north-western part of Machairas. Here the altitude secures a more slow and effortless grape maturity, whilst the arid and sloping earth forces the vines to huddle together and produce richer wines. Classic local grape varieties continue to have a dominant presence amongst the vineyards of Pitsilia, with occasional encounters of the Maratheftiko, a rare variety which the old wine frowers cultivated in between the Mavro in order to enrich the colour and smell of their wines.

Start Point: Mesa Geitonia

End Point: Palodeia

Vouni Panagias – Ambelitis A Wine Route

Panoramic excursion into a glorious inland landscape, accompanied by the delights of the locally produced wines.
In the western part of the island, in the district of Pafos (Paphos), at an altiutude over 800 metres, the route Vouni Panagias – Ambelitis offers an unparalled wine experience. The wineries are numerous, the diverse pleasures of equal magnitude. The local Xynisteri grape variety stands out once more, offering white wines of particular finesse in smell and lightness in body.

A taste of green apples, peaches and apricots overflows from the glasses of the Xynisteriots of the area. Additionally, red fruit, violets and roses enrich the other local grape, Maratheftiko, which is also cultivated here. In the villages of this route and especially the Vouni Panagias, Chrysorrogiatissa and Statos – Agios Fotios, you will discover also some the best wines of the indigenous Mavro grape which benefits from the relatively high altitude and a mild climate, offering pleasant dark and rose wines.

Start Point: Mesogi

End Point: Acheleia

Vouni Panagias – Ambelitis B Wine Route

Panoramic excursion into a glorious inland landscape, accompanied by the delights of the locally produced wines.

In the western part of the island, in the district of Pafos (Paphos), at an altiutude over 800 metres, the route Vouni Panagias – Ambelitis offers an unparalled wine experience. The wineries are numerous, the diverse pleasures of equal magnitude. The local Xynisteri grape variety stands out once more, offering white wines of particular finesse in smell and lightness in body.

A taste of green apples, peaches and apricots overflows from the glasses of the Xynisteriots of the area. Additionally, red fruit, violets and roses enrich the other local grape, Maratheftiko, which is also cultivated here. In the villages of this route and especially the Vouni Panagias, Chrysorrogiatissa and Statos – Agios Fotios, you will discover also some the best wines of the indigenous Mavro grape which benefits from the relatively high altitude and a mild climate, offering pleasant dark and rose wines.

Start Point: Mesogi

End Point: Mesogi