There’s a buzz about wines from the Eastern Mediterranean currently: wines from Lebanon, Turkey, Macedonia and Greece for example have been getting people talking, as these traditional wine regions have begun to make better and better wines, and often from new (to us) and exciting indigenous grape varieties that make a very welcome change from the ubiquitous ‘international’ varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay.
I am delighted therefore that another very exciting country, Cyprus, will be joining us in both Edinburgh and London, where evoinos, an association of the island’s best producers will be pouring wines from several top estates. I have been lucky enough to visit Cyprus three times, to join the international judging panel for the Cyprus National Wine Competition, and have visited many of the estates. The wines are truly exciting, especially whites from the Xynisteri grape, grown at extremely high altitude (on some of the highest vineyards in Europe) and the red Maratheftiko, another indigenous grape making some delicious and intriguing wines.
Add in some excellent sweet wines – the ‘Commanderia’ being a very traditional wine of the island, and some very good rosé too, and it is an island full of Eastern Mediterranean promise. You can read an extensive report from one of my visits here, and of course taste the wines for yourself at our London and Edinburgh Festivals.