Our passion for Cyprus wine dates back to the early 70s while spending endless summers in the vineyards of Lofou one of the krasohoria on the Limassol wine route. Our 1st shipment arrived in early 2021. The wines have since done amazing. All entered in the New Orleans International Wine Competition won medals!
Cyprus and wine go together. Latest archaeological excavations prove that wine making in Cyprus dates 5500 years ago. From Homer’s references to Cyprus wines, to Nama, to Commandaria, to the last 20 years of modern wine making.
Ambeli was created to be the Ambassador of Cyprus wines to the USA!
PDO products are those with a "Protected Designation of Origin". There are 5 PDO areas in Cyprus:
- Laona - Akamas - about 17 km north of the city of Paphos at the beginning of the Hersonissos and Cape Akamas, the westernmost tip of Cyprus.
- Mount Panagias - Ampelitis - about 23.5 km northeast of Paphos in the eastern part of Paphos province on the border with Nicosia province.
- Pitsilia - around the peak of Madari in the Troodos mountain range. It is the most mountainous of all the viticultural zones of Cyprus with an altitude of over 780m.
- Limassol Wine Villages - northwest of the city of Limassol and reaches approximately the border with Paphos province. Apart from the main area, the sub-areas of Afami and Laona can be distinguished.
- Commandery, northeast of Limassol, with 14 villages where it is bordered with an altitude of up to 900 meters.
PGI products are those with a "Protected Geographical Indication". This wine category includes all Local Wines and those of the wines with "Appellation by Tradition" that also have an established geographical indication. There are 4 PGI regions:
- Local Wine of Nicosia
- Local Wine of Limassol
- Local Wine of Larnaca
- Local Paphos Wine
Varietal wines: Varietal wines are a new category of wines, which will include those table wines that meet the conditions and controls defined in article 63 of Regulation 607/2009. These wines acquire the right to indicate the year of harvest and their varietal composition (but not their geographical indication), unlike ordinary table wines.
Table wines: Table wines are a category of wines that include all wines that do not naturally belong to the categories of PDO and PGI, but neither to the category of varietal wines. Table wines still do not have the right to indicate either the year of harvest or the varieties involved in their composition.