Wine tours of Cyprus - Commandaria Wine Route

TripMarble travel story
Laneia - Winery restored Laneia - Winery restored
Kirstin van der Laan - 2009
Laneia - a walk through the village Laneia - a walk through the village
Kirstin van der Laan - 2010
Kouris Dam from Erimi side Kouris Dam from Erimi side
Richard Marchand - 2017
Kouris Dam from Alassa side Kouris Dam from Alassa side
Richard Marchand - 2017
Kolossi Castle near Limassol in Cyprus
Laneia - Winery restored
Laneia - a walk through the village
Kouris Dam from Erimi side
Kouris Dam from Alassa side
Commandaria route map

Cyprus is not only the island of the goddess of love and beauty but also the island of wine. So let’s wine tour around Cyprus!

With a century-long tradition of winemaking and a still strong-standing wine industry, Cyprus is the country of the oldest named wine still in production – Commandaria- deservedly called by Richard the Lionheart “the wine of the kings and the king of wines”. But it has to be made and bottled somewhere, doesn’t it? As China is reputed for its Great Wall and the Silk Route, Cyprus is popular for its wine routes.

Following the sign posts spread across the island, off you go to where wine is made and drunk (pun intended). The sandy soil of the island is ideal for vine growing.

Commandaria Wine Route

A savory journey awaits, not to mention that locals will invite you to taste different sorts of wine and let you take a peek inside their world and even visit a wine museum.

Crossing 14 Commandaria villages, this route is probably the oldest of them all, dating back to 1192AD, when St. John’s knights were refining the production of the oldest and noblest of wines. The dessert wine was named after the region producing it, ‘La Grande Commanderie’, today Kolossi. In the 13th century, the reputation of Commandaria exceeded the boundaries of the island and earned it the leading place in the wine tasting competition or ‘Battle of the Wines’ hosted by the king of France Auguste Philippe.

Video by Visit Cyprus - Dec 2016 - Duration: 01:24

The Wine of Kings and the King of Wines
King Richard - 12th Century
Made from Mavro (dark/black) and Xynisteri (white) grapes harvested in late season and dried in the sun to intensify their natural sweetness, Commandaria truly has a unique taste. The dried grapes are then pressed and the runoff collected and fermented in tanks or humongous earthenware jars. 

4 wineries are spread across this route and what would be a trip to the region without a visit to Laneia wine press, which seems to have escaped the passage of time, well preserved reminding of the good old winemaking techniques. Kolossi Castle or ‘La Grande Commanderie’ is also a popular site worth visiting. 

Other attractions in the area include Kouris Dam, the biggest on the island and an important wetland, and the vines themselves and the woods. Situated at an altitude of 500-900 metres, sparse woods delimit the vine lands. Numerous historic and archaeological monuments can also be found in the area. 

The Commandria route passes through Limassol, Kolossi, Erimi, Monagri, Agios Georgios, Silikou, Doros, Laneia, Trimiklini, Agios Mamas, Kapileio, Zoopigi, Kalo Chorio, Agios Pavlos, Agios Konstantinos, Louvaras, Gerasa and Apsiou.

Facts

Cyprus
20 May 2018
In short
Cyprus is not only the island of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, but also the island of wine. So let’s wine tour around Cyprus and follow the Commandaria Wine Route to see a century-long tradition of winemaking. Cyprus is the country of the oldest named wine still in production – Commandaria.

Coordinates

Start Commandaria Route
Lat: 34.665145000, Long: 32.934106000
Kolossi Castle
Lat: 34.665073000, Long: 32.934092000
Erimi - Cyprus Wine Museum
Lat: 34.675084804, Long: 32.916541783
Kouris Dam
Lat: 34.727551388, Long: 32.917836028
Alassa
Lat: 34.766762773, Long: 32.919502018
Monagri - Menargos Winery
Lat: 34.808864752, Long: 32.909457370
Agios Georgios
Lat: 34.816050603, Long: 32.898602485
Doros - Panayiotis Karseras Winery
Lat: 34.817030284, Long: 32.909392997
Silikou
Lat: 34.831567124, Long: 32.890060545
Laneia
Lat: 34.826776829, Long: 32.920369854
Trimiklini
Lat: 34.846730154, Long: 32.910526651
Agios Mamas - Revecca Traditional Winery and Museum
Lat: 34.850647392, Long: 32.948170106
Kapileio
Lat: 34.832241245, Long: 32.957941434
Zoopigi - Commandaria Historical Museum
Lat: 34.862033749, Long: 33.015200442
Kalo Chorio
Lat: 34.850423539, Long: 33.030582141
Agios Pavlos
Lat: 34.863862068, Long: 33.046318415
Agios Konstantinos
Lat: 34.867521882, Long: 33.064756077
Louvaras
Lat: 34.837517637, Long: 33.044281092
Apsiou
Lat: 34.799166691, Long: 33.021124069
Gerasa
Lat: 34.802454638, Long: 32.998017267
Paramytha
Lat: 34.760272096, Long: 32.989615922
Palodeia
Lat: 34.747107826, Long: 33.003601790
Limassol - End of tour
Lat: 34.704589933, Long: 33.027080596

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