Vouni Panayias Winery: Must Go! For the love of Vino

Like all good wines, the small regional winery matured through the years. After a big renovation, Vouni Panayia Winery is equipped with the latest technology, to ensure high quality standards.
Apart from producing wine, the winery offers to the visitor  the opportunity to discover the world of Cyprus wine and viticulture; An educational short film showing the entire process from planting the vines to bottling, a traditional museum and a lovely tasting room are there to expand your knowledge and senses. 
And if you need more, you can visit the winery’s restaurant and enjoy the tasty , seasonal, traditional cuisine. The winery is open to all wine lovers all year round.
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Back in 1987, Andreas Kyriakides, after gaining valuable experiences and knowledge at the Department of Viticulture and Oenology of the Ministry of Agriculture, decided to develop his interest in wines to a labor of love and refined taste. This is when he established the first private regional winery in Cyprus: Vouni Panayia.
Generation after generation, the family vineyards at Vouni Panayia are cultivated with passion, great care and respect to the exceptional viticultural character of the area.
Vouni Panayia winery, is a strictly family business set by two brothers and a cousin, which transmitted their passion to the new generation. After gaining the necessary knowledge in viticulture and oenology from the University of Florence in Italy, the new breed nowadays plays an active part in running the winery.
The people at Vouni Panayia blend tradition with innovation, experience with knowledge and create quality wines, from selected grapes of indigenous varieties cultivated in the winery’s vineyards, that carry all distinct characteristics of the region.
At approximately 1.000m above sea level, surrounded by a pine forest, spread over 25 hectares of the family’s vineyard. In this unique terroir, under the Troodos mountains, Andreas Kyriakides planted the indigenous white varieties of Xynisteri, Promara and Spourtiko, Morokanela and the reds Maratheftiko, Yiannoudi and Ntopio Mavro.
The Mediterranean climate, the mild winters and temperate summers cooled by the Troodos mountain peaks, make Vouni Panayia the ideal place for the vines to grow. The vines are planted on their original roots not using the American rootstock, since the cypriot vineyard it has the privilege to be the only in the Europe that remained untouched from the insect of phylloxera. The soil possesses a mostly clay to gypsum-clay structural composition.
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Pano Panayia region is a “not to miss” destination for alternative tourism.
As part of the network “Life, Natura 2000”, Vouni Panayia is a protected area with a natural habitat, a uniquely preserved ecosystem with high environmental value and numerous nature trails. It is also surrounded by the Pafos forest, the beautiful Cedar valley and the dam of Kannaviou.
If you wish to combine the wonderful landscape with the delights of the local wines, you can follow the “Vouni Panayia – Ambelitis” wine route. In this panoramic tour you will have the chance to meet the local wine production, tradition and history, such as the picturesque villages, the historic Monastery of Chrysorogiatissa,established in 1152 A.D ,the Monastery of Ayia Moni constructed in the 4th century A.D and also the family home and the museum of Archbishop Makarios III, the first president of the Republic of Cyprus.
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