Cyprus wines “con­stantly im­prov­ing” says OIV of­fi­cial

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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

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