A wine star on earth has been lost, but we’ve gained a sparkle in the sky to eternally shine upon us.
Akis Zambartas, Cypriot Winemaker transformed into the cornerstone of wine education in Cyprus passes away at the young age of 67 years due to illness. Marcos Zambartas and family will carry on the legacy established by this french-schooled ‘Amant du vin et de la vie‘. Bon Voyage nôtre ami Akis.
The golden lining at the Decanter Awards 2014 for Cyprus Wine participation
The results are in, and our faith restored.
The 2014 Decanter Annual Awards have a single most outstanding revelation. You guessed it, Aes Ambelis was highly rewarded for it’s consistency and the wise introduction of Commandaria in its portfolio that did not go unnoticed by the 2014 Decanter Award judges.
Winemaking and pursuit of medals is not an end in itself, but it’s a relevant barometer of appreciation. Congratulations to the new wineries participating and to Aes Ambelis for it’s outstanding effort with Commandaria, still carrying the flag for the absolute taste of Cyprus in Wine.
Below you may find a summary of the participating wines and wineries.
Aes Ambelis White 2013
Aes Ambelis Aes
Ambelis Omiros 2011
K&K Vasilikon Winery Methy 2009
Winery Einalia 2013
Ktima Gerolemo Xynisteri 2013
Makkas Red 2012
K&K Vasilikon Winery
Makkas Xynisteri 2013
Sodap Saint Barnabas
Zambartas Maratheftiko 2011
Zambartas Shiraz-lefkada 2012
Makkas Merlot 2011
Zambartas Xynisteri 2013
Xynisteri Semillon 2013
Sodap Lefkada-shiraz 2010
* Wines listed in table are in Alphabetic order
** Photography – vivino
Perseverance and dedication to the timeless wine from Cyprus.
The New Era Wine Competition in Limassol discerns medals to local wines
Saturday, June 7th, the cultural center of Panos Solomonides in Limassol, symbolical “Open Doors” gave the public a unique opportunity to taste award-winning wines as distinguished by the panel of 7 judges invited for the occasion. The 1st wine competition of a new era, managed independently of the Cyprus Wine Products Council and under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture under the OIV rules managed to discern 33 awards between Grand Gold, Gold and Silver and the 3 special added categories for local wine & grape varieties.
Below you may find a summary of the distinguished wines and wineries.
Limassol Municipality steps forward in support of the 1st Cyprus Wine Competition of a new Era.
In a statement, the Limassol municipality acknowledged that it is the organization’s unique Wine Competition taking place in Cyprus, in accordance with Regulation tendering wine of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (Organisation Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin, OIV) and under the patronage of the OIV
Two years since the Cyprus Wine Products Council was sent into inoperability by it’s last board members, finally the Cyprus Winemaker Association has sought out the implication of various entities in order to re-establish the annual judging so well executed by the council in it’s last editions.
An enormous gap to fill, which all entities involved will have to manage with the help of Cyprus Enologists the Cyprus Association of Sommeliers whose main objectives will be to return part of the credibility lost, not so much in the wines but in a competition which had higher aims.
The seven-member jury composed of oenologists and other experts from Cyprus and abroad, will award 30% of the presented samples, in a 3 day competition to be helo in Limassol from the 4th until the 7th of June and extended awards will rank according to Grand Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals. Special awards will be given also to the wine categories such as Xynisteri, Maratheftiko and a Commandaria.
The official announcement of the results and the presentation of diplomas will be held in Limassol, in a special event to award the late afternoon on Saturday June 7, 2014 at the Cultural Center Panos Solomonides.
The event, called symbolic “Open Doors”, the public will have the opportunity, buying a glass of wine and taste award-winning wines and chat with winemakers and experts of the Competition.
The Cork Tax and Wine Monopolies. How can you help? If you live in New York, click on the link below and follow the instructions. If you do not live in New York, share and spread the word to everyone you know who loves wine. With enough support and activism, we can defeat the proposed Cork Tax and go about what we enjoy doing most – sharing and drinking good wine.
As I get my bag ready for another day on the road in snowy New Jersey, I had to take a few minutes to ask for your help in fighting off a dire threat to not only David Bowler Wine, but other like-minded importers and distributors in the New York Metropolitan area. The threat is the Cork Tax that is currently working its way through the New York State Legislature*. If this bill passes, wholesalers who distribute their wines in New York will be required to store those wines in a New York warehouse. Known as an “at-rest” law, this proposed legislation can have a dramatic effect on the New York wine market. How so?
Prices for wines distributed by those who warehouse in New Jersey will go up in order for distributors to recoup the costs associated with real estate, rent, and taxes. And we are not talking about…
Commandaria – un legado de calidad en los vinos de Chipre
Herencia antigua, y con interpretación moderna, surge una nueva generación de vitivinicultores.
Lefteris Mohianakis tiene viñedos en las altas colinas cerca de la ciudad de Zoopigi. Las dos uvas que utiliza, Mavro, una uva roja, y Xynisteri, una blanca,
“Verdaderamente creo que el terroir (la geología y clima de un lugar) es una de las cosas más importantes para producir un vino de alta calidad”
(CNN) — Chipre es conocido por su sol, sus ruinas antiguas y su delicioso queso halloumi, pero poca gente sabe que también es hogar de la denominación de origen más antigua del mundo.
Commandaria es un vino para postres con un sabor tan rico como su historia. Se cree que los caballeros de las Cruzadas le otorgaron su nombre en el siglo XIII, pero que se produjo por primera vez hace 5.000 años.
Dans un Français fluide l’ oenologue et propriètaire Akis Zambartas fait une mise au point avec Benoit Gaboriaud sur les points forts de Chypre.
“Le vignoble chypriote est le seul en Europe qui n’a pas de phylloxéra. Il y en a trois dans le monde, ils commencent tous par ch : Chine, Chili et Chypre. On a une viticulture ininterrompu depuis 6 500 ans. On a aussi des cépages autochtones. Donc pas de phylloxéra, cépage autochtone planté sur leurs propres racines, c’est ce qui donne l’intérêt à Chypre.”
A bold book launch by Maria Elia #SmashingPlates could not deserve anything less.
Under the Evoinos guidance, we’ve packed Cyprus Indigenous white and red grapes to support the Smashing Plates book launch receptions taking place during the month of October in London.
Three bold wineries of Vouni Panayia, Ezousa and Anama will represent a consequent representation of wines aspiring for renewal and reach, embodying the essence of what we like to call – The New Generation Wines of Cyprus.
Xynisteri, Spourtiko and Promara white grapes will be matched by Maratheftiko and Mavro red and rosé wines for the different plates proposed by enlightening Chef Maria Elia.