43 awards for the best wines of Cyprus
Three of the island’s oldest wineries won the Grand Gold medal for their own version of the traditional Commandaria during the 8th Cyprus Wine Competition, presented in Limassol by Agriculture Minister Nicos Kouyialis and the town’s mayor, Andreas Christou.
In all, 43 awards were handed out – three Grand Gold medals, 15 Gold and 25 Silver.
The Grand Gold medals went to St. John Commandaria 1984 (Keo Mallia Winery), St. Nicholas - Centurion Commandaria 2000 (ETKO) and Alasia 2004 LOEL.
Several more Commandaria sweet wines won the Gold, together with other excellent wines: Commandaria 2008 (Tsiakkas), Commandaria 2005 (Kyperounda Winery), Kalamos Commandaria 2009 (Nicholas Ignatiou & Sons), Saint John (Keo Mallia Winery), Commandaria White Sweet Xynisteri 2007 (G. Athenodorou & Sons), Saint Barnabas White Sweet Xynisteri 2005 (Sodap Camanderena), Metharmi Red Dry Maratheftiko 2009 (Ezousa), St. Nicholas Commandaria 2010 (Etko), Mosxatos White Sweet 2012 (Ayia Mavri), Vlassides Cab. Sauv. Red Dry 2012 (Vlassides Winery), Ayios Chrysostomos White Dry Xynisteri 2014 (Ezousa), Epos - Chardonnay 2013 (Kyperounda), Constantinou - Shiraz Red Dry 2012 (C.G. Constantinou Distillery), Yerolemos - Maratheftiko Rose Dry 2014 (G. Athenodorou & Sons), Kolios - Shiraz Red Dry 2008 (Kolios Winery) and Constantino Cab Sauv. Red Dry 2010 (Costas Erimoudes).
The Silver awards went to: Ayioklima Xynisteri White Dry (2014 C.G. Constantinou Distillery), Epos - Shiraz/Cabernet Sauv. 2012 (Kyperounda), Constantinou - Cab. Sauv. 2010 (C.G. Constantinou Distillery), Cab. Sauv. 2011 (Kyperounda Winery), Vamvakada Red Dry Maratheftiko 2012 (Tsiakkas Winery), Xynisteri White Dry 2014 (Tsiakkas Winery), Maratheftiko Red Dry 2011 (Makkas Winery), Argyrides Maratheftiko Red Dry 2012 (R & A Vasa Winery), Eros Red Dry Maratheftiko 2014 (Ezousa Estate), Mosxatos White Sweet 2011 (Ayia Mavri), Vlasides White Dry 2014 (Vlasides Winery), Camanderena Lefkada Rose Dry 2014 (Sodap), Zambartas - Lefkada/Shiraz Red Dry 2013 (Zambartas Wineries), Petritis White Dry Xynisteri 2013 (Kyperounda), Yerolemos Xynisteri Semi Sweet White 2014 (G. Athenodorou & Sons), Persefoni White Semi Sweet Xynisteri 2014 (Kolios Winery), Melapsopodi White Dry Sauvignon 2014 (Tsalapatis Wines Co.), Vardalis - Shiraz Red Dry 2013 (Vardalis Kilani Winery), Alina White Dry Xynisteri 2014 (Vouni Panayias Winery), Barba Yiannis Red Dry Maratheftiko 2012 (Vouni Panayias Winery), Zambartas - Marathefriko Red Dry 2013 (Zambartas Wineries), Epos - Chardonnay White Dry 2014 (Kyperounda), Chardonnay White Dry 2014 (Kyperounda), Camanterena Xynisteri White Dry 2014 (Sodap).
A Special Award for Commandaria went to St. John Red Sweet 1984 (Keo Mallia Winery), a Special Award for Maratheftiko to Metharmi Red Dry 2009 (Ezousa Estate), and a Special Award fro Xynisteri to Ayios Chrysostomos White Dry 2014 (Ezousa Estate).