Cyprus wines “constantly improving” says OIV official
Jean-Marie Aurand, Director General of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) co-chaired the 9th Cyprus Wine Competition, together with Agriculture and Natural Resources Minister Nicos Kouyialis.
During the process, 29 local wineries submitted 132 samples that were judged by six foreign jurors and one local.
Aurand and Kouyialis also extolled the virtues of the local wines, saying that “the progress achieved in Cypriot viticulture in recent years and the improvement in the quality of Cypriot wines was significant.”
In an extremely competitive environment where 43% of wines produced globally are exported, the particular characteristics of Cypriot indigenous varieties can make the difference for local wine production and strengthen our presence in the global wine map which would in turn greatly benefit our economy, Kouyialis said.
He also referred to the close cooperation Cyprus has with OIV which is the body responsible for the institutional framework of world wine production.
A decision was taken that during 2016 a specialised wine fair for sommeliers and journalists will take place in Paris.
During this year’s competition, held at the Columbia Venue Centre, another change was that sweet wines now have a separate category, different from the dry and semisweet varieties, “as this has great importance for us, mainly because it also includes the famous Commandaria,” explained Limassol Mayor and competition host Andreas Christou.
He added that wine writers also visited the island and were given tours of the “Wine Routes” to visit local wineries and promote the island abroad