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Activities come and go, with steady change on the forefront
Spring on the island is a busy one in a positive way, with events abroad, wine competitions, MW visits, tending to the vines, attending local tastings, maybe a new label launch, adverse weather…etc and before you know it, it’s harvest again.
Spring is the season for renewing contact with New Generation Wines of Cyprus.
April 25, 2016 – Wolfbach11, Wolfbachstrasse 11. Zurich is the host city to open a series of wine events related to the Cyprus Wine. The first of such occasion to bringing winemakers and winelovers together has been made possible by the guiding selection of Paphos Wein Imports, promoting Cyprus Wines in Switzerland for a decade now Continue reading →
On April 25th, Cyprus Wine Sector hosted it’s 2015 Annual Award ceremony celebrating Cyprus Wine appreciation and honoring efforts of Cyprus Winemakers in special remembrance of Akis Zambartas. Celebrated at the Paticchion Museum in Limassol, the Cyprus Wine Awards marked a moment of reconciliation for the sector in an evening that culminates a Wine month full of activities. The ceremony which also closed 3 days of the 8th Cyprus wine competition, representing the official national quality evaluation for Cyprus Wine and led by the international panel of judges invited by the department of Agriculture. The Cyprus Wine Awards seem to highlight a growing commitment from wineries to Commandaria, it also set a challenge to the judges which decided not to award bronze in favour of high number of wines qualifying for silver. With a tally of a total of 3 grand golds, 16 golds and 24 silver medals awarded, the Commandaria Wines swept top awards, seemingly seducing the judging panel and confirming its good health among the 139 wines labels that participated in the 10 categories of the 8th Cyprus Wine competition.
The special distinction for vinification of top local varieties Xynisteri and Marathetiko went to Ezousa Winery, while for Commandaria, it was Keo 1984 Commandaria which captured the distinction. The 2015 Cyprus Wine Competition Awards and Medals list goes as follow: Grand Gold: Commandaria Wine – St.John 1984 from Keo Winery Commandaria Wine – Centurion 2000 from Etko Winery Commandaria Wine – Alasia 2004 from Loel Winery
Return of the Cyprus Wine Competition, an Update for the Cyprus Wine Sector
As a signal to a much desired return to normality for the Cyprus Wine sector, the 8th Cyprus Wine competition returns with a full agenda of activities co-organised by municipality of Limassol, The SOK (winery proprietors) and the Union of qualified Oenologists.
Since the annexing of the now extinct Cyprus Wine Council and interrupted since 2013, the local quality barometer for Cyprus Wine, makes an official return under the guidance of the department of Agriculture and a wider circle of co-organisers and supporting entities.
The competition judging will be held from the 22nd -24th of April and as in the past, it will be following the procedures of the International Organization for Vine and Wine (OIV), open only to participating wines from Cyprus either as part of the Commandaria protected denomination, the protected geographical indication or specific varietal wines – all of which, will have obtained a certificate of conformity from the ministry to participate.
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.
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.
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”