Not to miss out on an opportunity to visit Sterna Winery in the old village of Kathikas – which is our favourite our friends Pam and Alan are here on holiday and of course you can never have too much wine in your house during the summer season in Cyprus – who can resist a lovely glass of chilled wine on a lovely evening. So off we went to visit Savvas and his family in Kathikas who run this family business…..
As told by Savvas ..
The tradition of wine production in the Paphos region dates far back through history, as archaeological evidence shows in the Roman mosaics of Kato Paphos where, in the house of Dionysos, Bacchus is depicted with a bunch of grapes in one hand and a wine goblet in the other. Sterna Winery has been producing wine for many generations and is situated above ancient springs and 31 caves dating back over 3000 years, one of which is used to lay down our wine.
Upon arrival we were welcomed by Savvas who for those of you who haven’t visited is such a friendly welcoming person and we are made to feel so at home in the winery.
We first of all visit the museum where we find all the equipment which was used over the years to prepare the ground and grow the grapes.
We next moved on to visit the caves where the wine is stored in the darkness and together with the isothermal conditions (15-16’C) maintained all year round, create the ideal conditions for ageing Sterna’s wines. The caves as you can see from the photograph below are very low and in some cases difficult to find standing room.
Now onto the wine tasting. It is a lovely experience with Savvas providing a selection of 9 different drinks to taste from wine to port. On the table to cleanse your palate there is a selection of nibbles to try, olives, bread, tomatoes, Sterna Olive oil mixed with oregano and lemon juice (fabulous), cheese and to finish Cypriot Delight and honey sweets – it’s like going for lunch. Savvas or one of the family will take you on a journey through the making of the wines and how the taste of the wine changes from dry to sweet during the fermentation process, they also describe the processes used. All very interesting too.
Why not give it a go…..when you are visiting Cyprus it makes for a lovely outing. And if one winery isn’t enough for you there is always the Cyprus Wine Trail wherever you may be!!