Wine tours of Cyprus - Commandaria Wine Route

Kolossi Castle near Limassol in Cyprus

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.

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.

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