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DESTINATIONS WINE | GREECE & CYPRUS


Bottled t


poetry


The wine scene in Cyprus is having a renaissance, reports Sarah Bridge


here has been a revolution in wine in Cyprus,” declares winemaker Charilaos Athenodorou, while


sloshing a zesty white morokanella in a glass and handing it to me to taste. “In 10 years’ time, the wines in Cyprus will be as well known as the wines in Italy.” Charilaos – whose winery, Ktima


Gerolemo, has a sign in the cellar that reads ‘Wine is bottled poetry’ – is not alone in his optimism. Cypriot wines have undergone a transformation over the last couple of decades and the quality is expected to improve even further over the next few years. That Cyprus, the third-largest island in the Mediterranean, has an impressive wine heritage should not come as a surprise. The country is one of the oldest


In 10 years’ time,


the wines in Cyprus will be as well known as the wines in Italy


producers of wine in the world, going back 5,500 years. What might surprise people is the quality of its wines, which are rapidly gaining in reputation – and awards – beyond its shores. A disastrous attempt to compete with the likes of France and Italy in the mid-20th century saw native Cypriot vines ripped up and replaced by better-known varietals such as cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay, leading to a dramatic decline in the country’s output. But following


² travelweekly.co.uk 11 JULY 2019 51


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