Holidays in Cyprus aren’t just about relaxing in a luxury beach hotel and soaking up the sun, while you get waited on hand and foot. The island has so much more to offer than just lazy holidays – especially if you’re fond of a decent glass of fine, quality wine.
When people think of fine wine they often think of France, or perhaps Australia or South Africa; however, real wine buffs know that Cyprus has been growing grapes and using them to create some of the tastiest examples of world standard wine for more than 4000 years. The winemaking tradition has carried through across the centuries and has seen Cyprus makes an historical impact on international wine culture, teaching many other nations how to do it properly.
Visit the wine museum
While holidaying in Cyprus you can try over 50 different imported wines and around 15 that have been produced here on the island – which are all thoroughly recommended! While it’s lovely to be able to sample all of these fantastic varieties during your stay, you can also fully immerse yourself in a world of wine – especially if you choose Limassol as your base. Limassol is home to the Cyprus Wine Museum, housed in a wonderfully renovated old building that takes you on a journey through wine production over the years. A collection of antiquated and modern vessels combined with photographs and audio/visual displays show you the various techniques employed throughout history for the cultivation of the essential ingredients to the pressing and production of the wine itself.
The area around Limassol is also full of beautiful little wineries, many of which are nestled right in the midst of the vineyards themselves. With many owners still using some of the more traditional methods, don’t be surprised if you see donkeys being used to plough the land and transport the grapes to the production shed.
Get tasty with a wine tour
Visitors can choose from four different wine tours in the Limassol area, some of which head towards the Paphos district too. The length of tour you take is entirely up to you; spend just a morning or afternoon in one select winery, or take a week long journey through various wineries across the main wine producing area. Whichever you opt for, make sure you’ve got your drinking head on as you’ll be tasting plenty of the wines available during your trip.
By taking a wine tour in Limassol you’ll also get to explore the beautiful countryside and the majestic Troodos mountain range. So whether you’re staying in one of the designer boutique hotels in the main town, or a self catering apartment by the beach, make sure that you give yourself the opportunity to see Cyprus properly and join the locals as they share their passion of delectable grape-based drinks with you!