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Cyprus Products for Export - Wine
image of grapes with a wine glass and bottle in the background

Cyprus has a long history and tradition in wine making. There are written references to the Cyprus wine as old as 5800 B.C. Wines, which were named noble, godly, drink of the gods, sweet, calming and relaxing.

Today, Cyprus has brought the vine cultivation and wine making to the level of an important industry covering around 17.000 hectares of land giving more than 70.000 tonnes of grapes including table grapes of around 15.000 tonnes.

Image of a girl holding a glass of wineThe dominant varieties of wine grapes of Cyprus are the indigenous, mavro-red, xinisteri-white and ofthalmo-red followed by maratheftiko, lefkas and malaga while other international varieties like the cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, mattaro, semillion, shiraz, grenache, carignan noir, palomino, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc, are making stronger appearance and gain significant importance in the Cypriot vineyard.

More than 70% of the annual production of Cyrpus wines are exported worldwide, with European countries being the main destination.

Image of wine packagingThe industry comprises four big wine making concerns i.e. KEO, ETKO, SODAP and LOEL and almost fifty small-regional wineries which are located in the vine growing areas or not far from them.

Commandaria, the "Apostle of Wines", is a wine unique to Cyprus produced in an a strictly delimited area comprising fourteen villages in the Limassol district known as Commandaria region which gives its name to the only wine of Cyprus with Appellation of Origin status. It is a very rich sweet wine made from red or white grapes exposed to the sun for 4-10 days. For its ageing the "mana" system is followed which is comparable to the solera system of other countries. Its alcohol content is around 15% while its total sugar is 18 g/ml. It is found in different brand names but the name Commandaria dominates the label.

Most of the exports are carried out by the four big wineries who although have customers from all over Europe still welcome new inquiries and are open to cooperation. 

Wine Products Council
P.O. Box 71011
3840 Limassol - Cyprus
Tel: +357 25-892892, +357 26-938309
Fax: +357 25-819305
E-mail: cwpc@wpc.org.cy

image of wine in a spreadMain Manufacturers:

  • ETKO Ltd
    P.O. Box 50261
    3602 Limassol
    Tel: +357 25-573391 Fax: +357 25-573338
  • KEO Ltd
    P.O. Box 50209
    3602 Limassol
    Tel: +357 25-562053 Fax: +357 25-573429
  • LOEL Ltd
    P.O. Box 50139
    3601 Limassol
    Tel: +357 25-569344 Fax: +357 25-570042
  • SODAP Ltd
    P.O. Box 56314
    3306 Limassol
    Tel: +357 25-564605 Fax: +357 25-564013

These companies are the largest producers in Cyprus. All make a wide range of table and premium wines, as well as fortified wines, aperitifs, Cyprus brandy, ouzo, zivania and other distilled products.

The Big Four, as they are known, are unique in the world, because of the range of grape products they make. They have built and maintained their businesses by travelling the world and supplying the needs of the markets. Today they are concentrating increasingly on building a Cyprus wine industry in which Cyprus-bottled quality wine is the most important part.

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Regional Wineries:

Amasgo Winery Image of wine packaging
4746 Monagri or
P.O. Box 55048,
3605 Limassol
Tel: +357 25-360612 Fax: +357 25-356893

M. Antoniades Winery
4778 Mandria, or
16 Kritis,
3087 Limassol
Tel: +357 25-422638, +357 25-384121 Fax: +357 25-384121

Ayia Mavri Winery
P.O. Box 50527, 4776 Limassol, or
4776 Koilani
Tel: +357 25-370777 Fax: +357 25-365233

Ecological Winery of Ayios Amvrosios
4710 Ayios Amvrosios
Limassol District
Tel: +357 25-243981 Fax: +357 25-243982

Laona Arsos Model Winery (KEO Ltd)
Arsos Village
4770 Limassol District
Tel: +357 25-363763

La Noyere Winery
4603 Anogira or 24 Feidiou str.
3075 Limassol
Tel and Fax: +357 25-221709
E- mail: winenic @ spidernet.com.cy

Linos Winery
4750 Omodos, or
38, Zakchaiou str., 4760 Limassol
Tel: +357 25-422700 Fax: +357 25-421354

Marion Winery
4760 Omodos
Limassol
Tel: +357 25-421797, 422296 Fax: +357 25-421660

Nikolettino Winery
4770 Arsos, or
P.O.Box 6350
3306 Limassol
Tel: +357 25-244414 Fax: +357 25-356508

Olympus Winery Ltd. (ETKO)
4760 Omodos or
P.O. Box 50261
3602 Limassol
Tel: +357 25-373391 Fax: +357 25-373338

Pitsilias Winery
4878 Pelendri, or
P.O. Box 3539
3303 Limassol
Tel: +357 25-372928 ? 995080 Mobile +357 29-624449
Fax: +357 25-344683

Yiaskouris Winery
4700 Pachna
Tel: +357 25-242470 or +357 25-374082

Avakas Winery
Statos
8651 Pafos District
Tel: +357 26-722425
Fax: +357 26-722425

Fikardos Winery
8280 Mesogi
P.O. Box 62200
8061 Pafos
Tel: +357 26-249814 Fax: +357 26-238517

K & K Vasilikon Winery
8573 Kathikas
Tel: +357 26-633237 Fax: +357 26-222964
Paphos

Sterna Winery
8573 Kathikas
Tel and Fax: +357 26-632277
Paphos

Vouni Panayia Winery
8640 Panayia
Pafos District
Tel: +357 26-722770 ? 722878 Fax: +357 26-722879

Monte Royia Winery

Chrysoroyiatissa Monastery
8649 Pafos
Tel: +357 26-722457
Fax: +357 26-722819

Aes Ambelis Winery
P.O. Box 21212
1504 Nicosia
Tel: +357 29-635469 Fax: +357 22-491945

Kykkos Winery
P.O. Box 4850
Kykkos Monastery
1304 Nicosia
Tel: +357 22-942749 Fax: +357 22-942730

Vachos Winery Association