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Wine Routes of Paphos District

The Roots of Cyprus Wine video (Courtesy Cyprus Tourist Organisation)

Cyprus wine is well worth trying out during your holiday in Cyprus. Paphos District is one of Cyprus' prime wine growing areas - the slopes around Kathikas, Polemi and Kouklia are covered in vineyards supplying the local wineries.

Cyprus is said to be one of the oldest wine producing countries in the world. The long summers and lots of sunshine make Cyprus wine truly a 'child of the sun'.

The Cyprus Tourist Organisation has published details of a number of wine routes in Paphos District that you can explore - visiting the wineries and vineyards as you go. As well as guides you can download, the routes are mostly signed.

The wine harvest in Cyprus starts late August and runs to October

The Cyprus grape harvest starts in late August and runs to October

Check out the following official Cyprus Tourist Organisation wine routes:

Laona to Akamas Wine Route

This wine route passes through an evocative region with rugged coastlines and charming little villages, oozing with culture and lush vines, with rustic and contemporary elements nesting side by side.

Situated in the western shores of Cyprus, villages such as Drouseia, Ineia, Kathikas, Pano and Kato Arodes invite you to visit their windswept vineyards. To get to know the Xynisteri, an indigenous grape variety that grows in a climate tempered by the sea breeze, offering cool yet solid wines with a fine aroma, most probably among the best white wines produced in Cyprus.

These and othe destinations of the route also invite you to sample the rare Maratheftiko, one of the best red wine varieties of Cyprus.

Wineries you might like to visit along the way include:

The Laona to Akamas Wine Route starts in Mesogi (the north of Paphos itself) and ends at Polis.

Check out the full details of the Laona to Akamas Wine Route on the Cyprus Tourist Organisation website where you can download a full guide to the wine route.

The slopes around Kathikas and Kouklia are covered in vineyards

The slopes around Kathikas and Kouklia are covered in vineyards

Kilada Diarizou Wine Route

This wine route is a fascinating journey along the Diarizos river in Paphos District, through beautifully unspoiled green surroundings, decked with picturesque vineyards and attractive scenery.

The Diarizos valley is the least known wine producing region in Cyprus. Its altitude, at a lower level compared to the other wine growing areas, and the dominance of the local Mavro grape variety, have kept it for years away from the wine scene. However, with the creation of many small wine making units and the introduction of modern vine cultivation, the Diarizos region has transformed into a competitive wine producing area of great promise. Get to know the region and enjoy its striking tranquil scenery, the genuine hospitality of the local people and the pleasurable delights of its expanding wine trade.

Wineries you might like to visit along the way include:

The Kilada Diarizou Wine Route starts and finishes at Acheleia near Paphos Airport.

Check out the full details of the Kilada Diarizou Wine Route on the Cyprus Tourist Organisation website where you can download a full guide to the wine route.

Popular grapes to grow in Cyprus include the Mavro, MaratheftikoOfthalmo, Levkada, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Shiraz, Mataro and Carignan

Popular grapes to grow in Cyprus include the Mavro,
Maratheftiko, Ofthalmo, Levkada, Cabernet Sauvignon,
Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Shiraz, Mataro and Carignan

Vouni Panagias to Ambelitis Wine Routes

This wine route is a panoramic excursion into a glorious inland landscape, accompanied by the delights of the locally produced wines.

In the western part of the island, in Paphos District, at an altiutude over 800 metres, the route Vouni Panagias to Ambelitis offers an unparalled wine experience. The wineries are numerous, the diverse pleasures of equal magnitude. The local Xynisteri grape variety stands out once more, offering white wines of particular finesse in smell and lightness in body.

A taste of green apples, peaches and apricots overflows from the glasses of the Xynisteriots of the area. Additionally, red fruit, violets and roses enrich the other local grape, Maratheftiko, which is also cultivated here. In the villages of this route and especially the Vouni Panagias, Chrysorrogiatissa and Statos - Agios Fotios, you will discover also some the best wines of the indigenous Mavro grape which benefits from the relatively high altitude and a mild climate, offering pleasant dark and rose wines.

Wineries you might like to visit along the way include:

  • The Ezousa Winery at Kannaviou
  • The Vouni Panayia Winery at Panagia
  • The Kolios Winery at Statos-Agios Fotios
  • The Chrysorrogiatissa Winery at Panagia
  • The Tsangarides Winery at Lemona
  • The Shoufas Winery at Koilineia
  • The Kalamos Winery at Amargeti

There are two Vouni Panagias to Ambelitis Wine Routes:

Version A starts at Mesogi (in the north of Paphos itself) and finishes at Acheleia near Paphos Airport, while version B starts and finishes at Mesogi.

Check out the full details of the Vouni Panagias to Ambelitis A Wine Route and the Vouni Panagias to Ambelitis B Wine Route on the Cyprus Tourist Organisation website where you can download full guides to both wine routes.

Cyprus wineries welcome visitors

Cyprus wineries welcome visitors

When to visit

The vineyards start growing in early March. The harvest starts late August and runs to October. At the time of the grape harvest the wineries are a frenzy of activity and well worth visiting.

Where to stay

Check out Rent Villas Paphos villas to rent in Kathikas, Peristerona, Lysos, Peyia, Tala and Secret Valley - they're all well placed to act as your base to explore the vineyards and wineries of Cyprus. In particular look at:


See all our Village Houses in Paphos & Polis 

Villa Constateras in Kathikas

Renting a villa makes a perfect base for a holiday exploring
the Cyprus wine routes. Villa Constanteras in Kathikas

Resources

Cyprus Vines - the one stop site for information about Cyprus wines