Cyprus offers numerous places, which are perfect for growing grapes and making wine. Soft sun and the moderate climate with fresh winds from Troodos Mountains allow growing the tastiest species of grapes on the outskirts of Pathos. Local wines have an incredible taste and have already received numerous awards in various competitions all over the world.
In case if you want, you can discover the real secrets of the manufacturing process, and the story of the small winery that became the biggest family-owned winery on Cyprus and managed to gain a reputation among foreign customers.
First Family Owned Winery in Cyprus
Many years ago, in 1987, Andreas Kiriakides decided to create a small company. At that time, he wasn’t aware of the fact that the process of winemaking will become the family business, while the name of Vouni Panayia will be known in all parts of the world. Thanks to the limitless knowledge and the passion for the profession gained from his father and grandfather, he managed to create a really unique company.
The Mediterranean climate that offers soft winter and hot summer, as well as the perfect composition of the soil, create the optimal conditions for growing the grapes in Vouni Panayia Winery. The total area of 60 acres offers such tasty species as xynisteri, spurtiko and promara, as well as yannudi, marateftiko and many others. These berries are used to make white, rose and red wines.
While visiting Vouni Panayia Winery, one can discover all the secrets of the grape growing and winemaking processes. Tours are usually guided by the owners, who are ready to tell about the business of their family, showing you all the premises of the factory. Vouni Panayia has already opened a small museum, where one can watch a short movie about the process of winemaking that starts from the moment when a grape seed is planted.
Vouni Panayia winery allows tasting the best wines and walking around the premises together with the owner. In case if you want, you can discover the real secrets of the manufacturing process, and the story of the small winery that became the biggest family-owned winery on Cyprus and managed to gain a reputation among foreign customers.
In the past, the winery was controlled by Andreas Kiriakides and two of his brothers. These days the winery is managed by their sons, who studied the basics of the profession in Florence.
Vouni Panayia creates the perfect combination of knowledge and traditions. Recently, all the equipment was updated, which allowed improving the manufacturing quality, while keeping the incredible taste of local wines made according to the ancient recipes.
Tasting wines in Vouni Panayia Winery
Vouni Panayia offers seven different sorts of wine made from local grapes. The experienced sommelier will explain all the features of the process. He will tell you about the temperature of the wine, and will share the secrets of the perfect combination of cheese and wine.
In 2017 Alina white wine made from xynisteri grapes received the highest award in Decanter World Wine Awards. It received the platinum medal. The drink offers a bright scent of pineapples, peaches and other tropical fruits, leaving a slight lemon and honey taste.
Red wines are also worth your attention. Barba Yannis made from marateftiko has an incredible combination of plum, dark chocolate, and sweet vanilla tastes. After combining different species of red grapes, local manufacturers managed to create Placota wine with the limitless taste of raspberry and blackberry.
Walking along the picturesque nature paths
The outskirts of Pathos are incredibly picturesque. One can walk around the cedar forest, go into the mountains, and visit the ancient temple of Chrysorroyiatissa built in 1152.
Go a bit further, and you will see the museum of contexture, where you will see the process of silkworm growing. Welcoming owners will also show how to make silk from it.
After walking around, you can go directly to Vouni Panayia, where you can taste the best wined, and restore your power in a cozy Mediterranean cuisine restaurant.
Address: 60 Archiepiskopou Makariou III Avenue, Panayia 8640, Pafos