Recent archaeological excavations revealed that Cyprus has been producing wine for over 5,000 years. Cyprus’ rich viticulture history is widely apparent, from archaeological relics, ancient depictions and mosaics, to ancient wine presses and tools. The area surrounding Minthis Hills is home to one of the most celebrated wine routes on the island. Most vineyards on this route grow on limestone formations while the rest grow on clay beds.
Nineteen grape varieties are cultivated, as detailed below:
White varieties: Plant X Malvasia G, Plant X, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Semillon, Chardonnay, Muscat, Xynisteri.
Red varieties: Mavro, Ofthalmo, Carignan, Mataro, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Alicante B., Grenache, Shiraz, Merlot, Lefkada, Maratheftiko