Wine is not a new story for Cyprus. Recent archaeological excavations which have been undertaken on the island have confirmed the thinking that this small tranche of earth has been producing wine for almost 5000 years. The discoveries testify that Cyprus may well be the cradle of wine development in the entire Mediterranean basin, from Greece, to Italy and France.
We start our journey from Paphos northwards on the B7 road to Polis. After a short drive, and while still surrounded by shops and residences, we make our first stop. We turn off left, at Mesogi, into the Industrial Estate, where we will visit the “FIKARDOS” winery – one of the first regional producers. Fikardos offers both “varietals” (made from just one grape variety) and blends of several grape varieties. Taste across the range, such as the “Valentina” rosé, the white “Amalthia” and “Alkisti” and the red Shiraz. The winery is open to visitors every day and offers a good perspective of the area’s wine-making capabilities.