A highly successful event dedicated on Cypriot wines was organised by the Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry & Tourism through the Cyprus High Commission Trade Centre on Monday 31 October 2016 at the historical Vintners’ Hall in London.
At the Cyprus Wine Tasting, some of the best wineries of the island exhibited their finest wines. Quite a few of those have been internationally awarded, produced by the distinctive local grapes of the island, ideally blended with the international popular varieties. The participating wineries were Argyrides – R&A Vasa, Ayia Mavri, Etko & Olympus, Fikardos, Hadjiantonas, K&K Vasilikon, Kamanterena (Sodap), Karapashis, KEO, Kyperounda, Revecca, Tsiakkas, Vlassides and Zambartas.
As part of the event, Caroline Gilby MW, held a very informative Masterclass, which gave the opportunity to the participants to taste and learn more about the Cypriot wine varieties.
The over 100 visitors –wine importers/buyers, media, Masters of Wine, wine critics and writers, restaurant owners – were impressed by the high quality of the Cypriot wines and pointed out the evolutionary change that has been made in Cypriot winemaking landscape.
The High Commissioner for the Republic of Cyprus to the UK Mr Euripides L. Evriviades attended the event and welcomed the guests.
Cyprus’ historical links with Vintners’ Hall date back to 1363, when King Peter I of Cyprus, together with the kings of England, Scotland, France and Denmark was entertained at a banquet reception at the Hall, widely known as the Feast of the Five Kings. According to the tradition, the five kings used Commandaria, the traditional wine of Cyprus, to toast.