Commandaria Wine Route

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About Commandaria Wine Route

ATTENTION! - Trips are Subject to Availability at Time of Booking

Covid has thrown a few curve balls at us this year so I'm sure you'll appreciate some Tours & Activities on here may have some...

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Language: the tour is with an English speaking representative - other languages on request

Pickups between 9 and 9:15am

Included: 

- Hotel pick up with return Transportation with mini bus 

- Entrance fees

Highlighted sightseeing points: 

- Commandaria

- Kolossi

- Laneia

- Kouris Dam

Detailed itinerary:

Take a trip back in time and discover the secrets of the island’s most ancient and famous wine - the sweet dessert wine of Commandaria - that has been praised and world-renowned for centuries. 

The route through 14 Commandaria villages goes back to 1192 AD when the knights of St. John were perfecting the production of the world’s first named wine. The sweet wine took its identity from the place it was mainly produced - ‘La Grande Commanderie’  - which is the area now known as Kolossi. 

So famed was Commandaria that it even won in the first recorded wine tasting competition - the ‘Battle of the Wines’ - which took place in the 13th century, and was held by the French king Philip Augustus.

Indigenous Mavro (red) and Xynisteri (white) grapes are picked late in the season and dried in the sun to intensify their natural sweet flavours, giving the drink its distinctive taste.

The dried grapes are then pressed, with the run-off collected and fermented in tanks or huge earthenware jars – much like those used in bygone times. There are four wineries on this route, and a visit to the region is not complete without stopping by the refurbished wine press of Laneia, which has been maintained throughout the centuries, and serves as a reminder of the land’s glorious winemaking past. 

A further popular site is also the Medieval Castle of Kolossi - or ‘La Grande Commanderie’ as it was once known.

The villages themselves can all be found at an altitude of 500 to 900 meters. Their vines share the landscape with thick, bushy wild growth and sparse woods, whilst the rich flora and fauna are quite impressive - as are the historic and archaeological monuments of the vicinity. 

The area is also home to the Kouris Dam, the biggest in Cyprus, and an important wetland. 

This historic route passes through: Lemesos (Limassol), Kolossi, Erimi, Monagri, Agios Georgios, Silikou, Doros, Laneia, Trimiklini, Agios Mamas, Kapileio, Zoopigi, Kalo Chorio, Agios Pavlos, Agios Konstantinos, Louvaras, Gerasa and Apsiou.

Wine tasting is not included in the price of this trip however, feel free to 'partake' on the day :)

Know before you go:

- Wear comfortable shoes (a moderate amount of walking is involved)

- Children must be accompanied by an adult

- Minimum of 10 people has to join tour otherwise tour may be cancelled

- The duration of tour is approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time and traffic on tour date

- Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date

- Please note that the operational program is subject to change

Trip Details

Day tRIP
09:00 - 14:00

Opening Times

Dates
27th Aug - 27th Aug
9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Pricing

Adult
13 - 99 years
€30
Child
2 - 12 years
€15

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