Holidays in Cyprus are not just about relaxing in a luxury beach hotel and soaking up the sun, while being looked after from head to toe. The island has much more to offer than a relaxing holiday, especially if you like a good glass of quality wine.
When people think of good wine, they often think of France, or perhaps Australia or South Africa; however, true wine aficionados know that Cyprus has been growing grapes and using them to create some of the tastiest examples of world standard wine for over 4,000 years. The winemaking tradition has been carried on through the centuries and has seen Cyprus make a historic impact on international wine culture, teaching many other nations how to do it right.
Visit the wine museum
During your holiday in Cyprus you can try over 50 different imported wines and around 15 that have been produced here on the island, all highly recommended! While it’s lovely to be able to sample all of these fantastic varietals during your stay, you can also fully immerse yourself in a world of wine, especially if you choose Limassol as your base. Limassol is home to the Cyprus Wine Museum, housed in a wonderfully renovated old building that takes you on a journey through wine production over the years. A collection of ancient and modern vessels combined with photographs and audiovisual presentations show you the various techniques used throughout history to cultivate the essential ingredients for pressing and producing wine.
The area around Limassol is also full of beautiful little wineries, many of which are located in the middle of the vineyards themselves. Since many owners still use some of the more traditional methods, don’t be surprised if you see donkeys used to plow the land and transport the grapes to the production shed.
Get tasty with a wine tour
Visitors can choose between four different wine tours in the Limassol area, some of which also head towards the Paphos district. How long the tour you take is completely up to you; spend just a morning or afternoon at a select winery, or take a week-long tour of several wineries in the major wine-producing area. Whichever you choose, be sure to keep your head on as you’ll be sampling many of the wines available during your trip.
By going on a wine tour in Limassol, you will also be able to explore the beautiful countryside and the majestic Troodos mountain range. So, whether you stay in one of the designer boutique hotels in the main city or in a beachside apartment, make sure you get the chance to see Cyprus properly and join the locals as they share their passion for delicious drinks. based on grapes with you!