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Cyprus Wine Festival Limassol 2024

A Celebration of Local Winemaking

This summer Wine Festival which takes place annually in the coastal city of Limassol is a highly anticipated event in Cyprus . In its 63rd edition, it is the celebration of the island’s history and Limassol’s ties to the traditional customs of winemaking, vinegrowing and trading. It remains a unique opportunity to taste and experience the local culture and hospitality.

The festival takes place over the course of nine days, from the 28th of September until the 6th of October 2024, during which visitors can enjoy a variety of activities and events. These include wine tastings, live music performances, traditional dance shows, and local food stalls. The festival is held in the heart of Limassol, in the beautiful Municipal Gardens, which provides the perfect backdrop for this celebration of wine and culture. Visitors can wander through the gardens, sampling wines from different producers and enjoying the lively atmosphere of the festival.

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Festival Highlights

The Wine Festival in Limassol is a must-visit event offering everyone a chance to experience the Greek tradition of Dionysian while promoting communal enjoyment “Drink wine, have life”, as an escape to life’s daily worries for better living . Here are some of the festival highlights:

  • Wine Tasting: The festival offers visitors the opportunity to taste a wide variety of wines from different wineries across Cyprus. From dry whites to sweet reds, Commandaria and Zivania, there is something for every palate. Wine glasses are available for purchase for the tastings, and visitors can also attend workshops and seminars on wine tasting and production accompanied by knowledgeable sommeliers, winemakers or winery personel. These sessions provide valuable insight into the challenges of winemaking in Cyprus as well as how different techniques are used to produce high-quality wines.The wine tastings are themselves who provide detailed information about each wine.The festival also offers the chance to purchase wines directly from the wineries. This allows visitors to take home some of their favorite wines and share them with friends and family.
  • Food Pairing: In addition to wine tasting, the festival also features a variety of food stalls offering traditional Cypriot cuisine. Visitors can enjoy local dishes such as souvlaki, halloumi cheese, and loukoumades while sipping on their favorite wine.
  • Live Music, Dance and Performances: The festival is not just about wine and food. It also features live music performances by local artists. Visitors can enjoy a variety of genres, from traditional Cypriot music to contemporary pop.
  • Grape Stomping: One of the festival’s most popular attractions is the grape stomping activity. Visitors can take off their shoes and stomp on grapes just like in the old days. It’s a fun and interactive way to experience the winemaking process.
  • Wine Themed Exhibits: The festival also hosts wine lectures, where new developments are presented to attendees, combined with tastings and other educational events that helps winelovers learn more about wine appreciation.

Limassol is renowned for its theatrical and musical performances and each evening there is a plethora of activities, events and concerts, as a musical tribute to great composers, lyricists and performers. Overall, the Cyprus Wine Festival in Limassol is a great way to experience the local wine culture and enjoy a fun-filled day with family and friends.

Family Activities

Child Friendly Entertainment

Although a wine event, the festival in Limassol is not just for adults. Families with children can enjoy a variety of child-friendly entertainment options available at the festival.

Children can enjoy face painting, balloon twisting, and other fun activities that will keep them entertained while their parents enjoy the wine. The festival also features a dedicated children’s area with games, rides, and other activities that are sure to keep them engaged.

In addition to the children’s area, there are also various performances and shows that are suitable for children. These include magic shows, puppet shows, and live music performances that are sure to delight both children and adults.

Overall, the Cyprus Wine Festival in Limassol offers a great opportunity for families to spend quality time together while enjoying the festivities.

Visitor Information

Tickets and Admission

Visitors can purchase tickets for the Cyprus Wine Festival in Limassol at the entrance gate. The admission fee is reasonable and includes a wine glass and unlimited wine tastings. Adults : 5 euros Each ticket includes 20% discount on all bottled wines except Commandaria. Children/ Teenagers (6-18) : 3 euros.  As official program has yet to be published, prices may vary.

Schedule and Hours

As a repeat late summer event, again in 2024, it has been scheduled for late September for a duration of 9 days, which includes 2 week-ends, from the 28th of September until the 6 of October 2024.  The festival opens from 7.30 pm to 11:59 pm every evening.
As the official program has not been published and opening hours may vary.

Location and Parking

The festival is located at the Limassol Municipal Gardens, which is easily accessible by car, bus, or taxi. Visitors can park their vehicles in the designated parking areas near the festival venue. It is recommended to arrive early to avoid parking difficulties.

Free Transportation

The festival organizes free shuttle services from key cities during the two weekends of the festival runs. Air conditioned buses to the festival grounds in Limassol  from Ayia Napa, Larnaca, Nicosia and Pafos with departures from 18.30 p.m and return after midnight. Bookings in advance is required.

Practical Information

Visitors are advised to wear comfortable shoes and clothing as the festival is held outdoors. It is also recommended to bring sunscreen, a hat, and a bottle of water. Visitors are prohibited from bringing their own food and drinks to the festival. However, there are plenty of stalls and food vendors selling traditional Cypriot food and snacks. The festival is wheelchair accessible, and there are designated areas for disabled visitors.

The Cyprus Wine Festival 2024

Seafront Limassol at the Municipal Gardens

Date(s) – 28th September 2024 until 6th of October 2024

Location: Municipal Gardens, Limassol – Cyprus

Information & Contact:  Municipality at Limassol:  [email protected]. Tel: +357 25-745919.