Ktima Gerolemo, the winery with a strong personality

Much of the wine experience, especially when visiting a winery, is the atmosphere and the people. Meeting the winemaker and hearing his or her thoughts behind the wine adds an extra dimension. Charis at Ktima Gerolemo certainly adds an extra spice and you can’t help but be charmed by both him and his wines. In Cyprus, it was long common …

A cherished reunion with a force of nature

The first meeting My first encounter with wine from Cyprus was in Berlin. A friend brought along a few bottles and I got to try them. A full-bodied, round red wine was so good that I was given a bottle as a gift to take home. It was enjoyed a few months later with a piece of grilled Swedish Elk …

An innovative winemaker with his feet in the Cyprus soil

A good wine starts in the vineyard. A truth that is also a guiding principle for Sophocles Vlassides, the founder of Vlassides Winery.The winery itself is worth a visit, both by wine lovers but also those who like art and architecture. With its modern design, you would think it would stand out from its surroundings. Instead, it almost feels like …

An ancient grape facing a new dawn

You rarely need a reason to open a good bottle of wine. But today, on International Xynisteri Day, we have an extra reason to enjoy a grape that has lived in the shadows for so long but is finally coming out into the light.Xynisteri is a unique grape found in Cyprus. It has existed there for several thousand years. Thanks …

An Italian trip in the heart of Toronto

It’s probably every wine lover’s dream to visit Italy. But sometimes Italy comes to you. I had the opportunity to visit a wine fair here in Toronto, and ran into Massimo from Enio Ottavini.With great knowledge and obvious love for the wines, he guided me through the selection he had with him. The first wine, Strati, is fresh, clear, with …