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Wine on Campus #Maratheftiko on stage in Frankfurt -
Maratheftiko - the grape that embodies the character and soul of winemaking in Cyprus - hard, honest and Satisfying.

The upcoming Wine Convention organised by Wein-plus and Vinum. *Astrid Zieglmeier* will be presenting the grape to the attendees of sessions about sensorial and the specifics of wine regions.

An honor for Maratheftiko.

*Program*:  “Zypern – Maratheftiko Auf der Insel der Aphrodite herrscht die femininste aller Rebsorten. Meist geachtet, geschätzt und gehasst, kokettiert Sie mit großen Herausforderungen an die Winzer und verdreht ihnen den Kopf. Astrid Zieglmeier Leiterin und Dozentin im Bereich Gastronomie & Genuss, IHK Akademie München und Oberbayern”

For Winelovers and more. Goethe Frankfurt University Campus West End

Maratheftiko Character from Panayia Region

Authenticity & lunch #maratheftiko #cypruswine

Un monde en Rosé - A world of taste gone to Rosé.  Beyond clichés, it’s actually a sensation and a feeling that resonates with many. 

We too are of the opinion that Rosés have won themselves a distinct place further from the confines of summer drinks or picturesque holiday postcards. Thus a firm candidate joining the wines of finest expression of local terroirs in the annual competition Le Mondial du Rosé led by the Union de Oenologues de France. 

Congratulations to Sodap for their constancy and participation in this event with the Maratheftiko Rosé, yet another Silver Medal. 

#MaratheftikoWeek Uncorking 2009 @Maratheftiko

This is harvest week for Maratheftiko in Cyprus and there is nothing like exploring maturing bottles. This 2009 Maratheftiko from Makkas is testimonial of thegreat path towards maturity;  visibly the youth of this wine has a lot to express for the future.

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A world of aromas. Full of ripe plum as well as mint, tobacco, moccha, hint of blackcurrant leaf, chocolate, dark spices, ink and green pepper. However after longer decanting the aforementioned notes are mixed with pepper, blueberry and leather.

Laid-Back Sommelier has good friends worthy to have brought the Keo Heritage bottle from Cyprus to show the capability of local wine making.

The Heritage 2008 is an interesting wine, the 2008’s palate is soft, round and almost silky and with nice acidity. Full-bodied with a grip on the mid-palate however with a slightly bitter and short finish. Aged for 3 years in French oak from Limousin, the wine’s tannins are nicely integated at the age of 4 years (tasted in July 2012).

Just a note about Maratheftiko Vineyards, Pitsilia today is actually the region where Marathefiko is least grown today, as Krasochoria, Vouni Panayia and Diarizos regions concentrate today most of the fields with this variety which in the coming years will produce single estate Maratheftiko wines which should be even more interesting.  

More on the review: Keo Heritage Maratheftiko, 2008 See on

A new generation of Wines from Zambartas will still have to face strong competition. Front stage and in the glass, an appetizing 2010 Maratheftiko Varietal Wine and in the background Epikourios - balanced delights.

Taste these and other Zambartas Wines during special winehour organised in Nicosia at the Au Bon Plaisir where foodmatching with french specialties will bring added complexities to the table.

More information and reservations: Au bon Plaisir, Nicosia

Grand Gold distinction in the 2012 Cyprus Wine Awards went to Commandaria Wine from Keo.  St.John Commandaria received the highest honors in good company.

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The 7th Cyprus Wine Competition strict bling wine judging produced some inspiring results for Maratheftiko, the Cyprus indigenous grape variety for red and rosé wines, which was rivaled this year, by the excellent work from Cyprus’s most successful winemaking at Kyperounda Winery, which both collected 5 gold medals respectively.  What follows is a brief summary of the highlights and the list of winning wines according our own grouping so as to better identify the wines by their regional origin and grape variety.

The 2012 Cyprus Wine Awards: The distinguishing highlights

Grand Gold:  Commandaria Wine - St.John 2005 from Keo Winery

Grape variety with most Medals (5): Maratheftiko Grape Variety with Wines made by following Wineries:

  • Metharmi 2008, Ezousa Winery - Pafos Regional Wine
  • Argyrides Maratheftiko 2010, Vasa Winery - Limassol regional wine
  • Gerani Maratheftiko 2010, Apostaktirio Nicholas - Pafos regional wine
  • Zambartas Marathetiko, 2010, Zambartas Winery - Limassol regional wine
  • Makkas Maratheftiko, 2010, Makkas Winery - Pafos regional wine

Winery with  most Gold Medals (5): Kyperounda Winery

  • Petritis Xynisteri, 2010, Limassol regional wine
  • Kyperounda Chardonnay, 2011, Pafos regional wine
  • Kyperounda Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009,  Limassol regional wine
  • Kyperounda Shiraz, 2010,  Limassol regional wine
  • Kyperounda Shiraz, 2009,  Limassol regional wine

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High Altitude Xynisteri and Maratheftiko wines are common at Vouni Panayia but making it out to the winery gives you a unique angle of Cyprus Wine

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The Kato Platres Winery in the Troodos mountain region transformed Christakis Lambouris personal passion into a new boutique wine producer aiming to captivate winelovers with different vinifications reflecting local potential for good quality wine. After Boston Wine Expo, soon the NewYork Wine Expo in march.

2013 Edition: Lambouri Winery presenting at the New York Wine Expo, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, March 1-3, 2013

Past Editions

2012 - Edition: Lambouri Winery presenting at the New York Wine Expo, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center #table 443 March 2-4, 2012.

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Kamantarena maratheftiko red wine
Lots of different flavours in this dish - the type that seems like it’s been cooking all day and instantly warms the soul….with what was described as the Robert De Niro of wines…enough said.

Another fantastic visit, I’d have to agree it’s one of the best menus yet!

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